RIGS Developer Guerrilla Cambridge Closing After 19 Years
More job losses for a Sony studio.
In a statement today Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) has announced that Guerrilla Cambridge, the studio behind virtual reality (VR) title RIGS: Mechanised Combat League for PlayStation VR will be closing.
Formerly SCEE Cambridge, Guerrilla Cambridge had been in operation for 19 years producing videogames such as the MediEvil franchise, Primal, Ghosthunter and Killzone Mercenary for PS Vita shooter.
In the official statement Sony said: “Within SIE Worldwide Studios, we have a regular process of review in order to consider projects coming to completion and the deployment of resources. In such a competitive landscape this enables us to continue to create and produce high-quality, innovative and commercially viable projects. Having reviewed and assessed all current projects and plans for the short and medium term, we have decided that in order to deliver on our strategic objectives, it is necessary to make some changes to the European studios structure.
“As a result, it has been decided that Guerrilla Cambridge Studio will close.”
Guerrilla Games Amsterdam, which is making Horizon: Zero Dawn and the Killzone series remains unaffected.
SIE goes on to add: “It is regrettable that this decision will lead to compulsory redundancies. Whilst we accept that this decision will mean that we risk losing high calibre staff, by focusing on other Studios with exciting new projects in development, (including continued work on PlayStation VR), we believe we will be in a stronger position going forward and able to offer the best possible content of the highest quality to our players.
This follows on from SIE London Studios, the team behind PlayStation VR Worlds, with SIE announcing in September that the developer would be downsized as it had completed its VR project.
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