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"Vast Majority" Of Gaming Staff Laid Off At Twisted Metal Director's Studio

The layoffs were the result of a canceled project.


The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency, the studio led by Twisted Metal director David Jaffe, has experienced significant layoffs. Jaffe announced recently that the studio, which developed Drawn To Death for PS4, let go of many of its staff this week.

Jaffe announced the news on Twitter today, explaining that a canceled project resulted in the developer needing to downsize significantly. The "vast majority" of the gaming staff has been laid off, but Jaffe has yet to explain what the future of the studio will be.

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"Wanted y'all to hear it from me before anyone else: we've had a project canceled and have been forced to lay off the vast majority of the Bartlet Jones staff gaming division," he wrote on Twitter. "More news to come but for now, that's what's up. Heart's breaking for the amazingly talented crew that's out of work."

Not much is known about the project that was canceled; neither Jaffe nor the studio had spoken about it prior to this week. The developer was relatively small prior to the layoffs, but it's unclear exactly how many people are out of work.

Drawn to Death launched last year, and, in spite of a striking style, met a lukewarm reception from critics and players alike. You can read more about Drawn to Death in our 4/10 review.

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