38 Studios, Big Huge Games Finished
Update: On a brighter note, the industry has come together to get the ex-38 Studios employees new jobs. Check it out; it'll make you feel better.
Nobody who enjoys gaming likes to see this.
According to recent reports, Big Huge Games and in fact, all of 38 Studios is shutting down.
An anonymous source confirms that the staff hasn't received a paycheck since April 30, which employees didn't realize until they noticed their checks didn't hit their accounts on May 15. The medical insurance is done, which also wasn't conveyed to the employees; apparently, a pregnant wife of one of the workers was informed of this by her doctor. And then comes a copy of the layoff letter, which is just downright depressing and even infuriating in it harsh simplicity.
"The Company is experiencing an economic downturn. To avoid further losses and possibility of retrenchment, the Company has decided that a companywide lay off is absolutely necessary.
These layoffs are non-voluntary and non-disciplinary.
This is your official notice of lay off, effective today, Thursday, May 24th, 2012."
What a crappy Memorial Day weekend for the former 38 Studios employees. It's really unfortunate because Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning was a pretty decent game (too bad it would've had to sell 3 million copies just to break even), and a lot of people were looking forward to the MMO, "Project Copernicus." It also sucks that companies don't tell their employees anything at all.
5/24/2012 8:35:09 PM Ben Dutka