Sad news today, as Infamous and Sly Cooper creators Sucker Punch have been hit with some layoffs, Sony have told Eurogamer. The exact numbers and reasons behind the sackings are unclear, but Sony indicated that many Sly Cooper team members have been released, so my guess is that the Sly team will be moving to Sanzaru Games, the team that developed the latest Sly Cooper game, Thieves in Time. More on that later. Still, its sad to see the developer lose some employees, so I wish all of those fired good luck.
God, that was the saddest paragraph I've ever written. Could somebody please send me an Office boxset before I get depressed?
"Isn't depression just a fancy word for " feeling down"?
"DWIGHT YOU IGNORANT SLUT"
Anyways, there could be a lot of reasons why Sucker Punch is suffering layoffs, so here's some speculation:
1. There is no way that Sucker Punch is suffering layoffs because of a money shortage. Infamous: Second Son sold extremely well, shifting 1 million copies in just 9 days and was successful enough to spawn a standalone DLC, First Light, which is coming out at the end of the month. However...
2. If First Light is the only Infamous DLC, then the layoffs could just be developers finishing their contracts. Many PopCap employees were laid off after the launch of Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare for the exact same reason.
3. As I said earlier, this could be a complete company reshuffle that moves the Sly Cooper department to Sanzaru Games, meaning that Sucker Punch could just be setting development on future Infamous games, leaving the Sly series to Sanzaru.
What do you guys think? What do you think the reason is behind all of these layoffs? Tell us in the comments below!
"Wait a minute, I thought that Xbox has all of the n00bish 10 year-olds. I hate them so much" (Random WiiU owner, age 10)
Baguettes-related news today, as Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot (Or "who-heh-he-hon" to any racist grandad) has told Games Informer that Watch Dogs "will be the only mature game we [Ubisoft] publish on it [Forever and ever and ever]". Yup, despite the amazing and innovative exclusive that was ZombiU and a port of the acclaimed Assassin's Creed IV, Ubisoft's mature games haven't been selling well on Nintendo's struggling platform, a safe bet, considering that the console is the most family oriented of the trio. Still, according to Guillemot, Nintendo are "Very interested in Just Dance", no big surprise, seeing as the Japanese giants helped Ubisoft start off the series back on the Wii.
Once again, this is pretty obvious news. With the Kinect becoming an accessory for the Xbox One and no-one knowing that the PlayStation Camera exists, Just Dance is one of the best-fitting and bestselling games for the Wii U, and one that will surely continue to prosper on the console. It seems like Ubisoft will now mainly be shifting motion-control games to the Wii U, including the upcoming Step Up, AKA the game that ruined E3 for everyone and made multiple developers look like idiots.
The big question is: what does this spell for the Wii U? On the one hand, if the mature games weren't selling well, this won't affect sales, but then again, without any blockbuster mature games coming out, what will tempt older players to buy the console?
What do you guys think? If you own a Wii U, how does this make you feel? Tell us in the comments below!
Sadly, there won't be any posts from me today, as I've got a family thing to do, but I'll resume posting tomorrow! Also, expect Carlo's review of Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition in the week!