Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale was one of the PS3's biggest first-party titles to release last year, but despite that, developer Superbot has unfortunately been hit with layoffs as we speak.
IGN received word from a Sony spokesperson who commented on the news saying:
â€œSCEA can confirm that SuperBot Entertainment did make a reduction in their workforce today. The studio and SCEA remain committed to supporting PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale post launch, including developing the title“s forthcoming DLC releases in the coming months. The first character pack (including Kat from Gravity Rush and Emmett Graves from Starhawk) will be available for download on February 12 and will be free for the first two weeks. We“ll be sharing news of additional upcoming content soon.â€
The reduction in the developer's workforce doesn't bode well for the company's long-term future, as past examples of other developers have shown that this usually means that the team was not able to land another big project for everyone to work on. However, the extent of the reduction of Superbot's workforce is unknown, so it's difficult to speculate.
And given the fact that All-Stars Battle Royale was not the sales smash that SCEA was hoping for, one has to wonder how much more DLC Superbot will be contracted to put out beyond the upcoming Kat and Emmett DLC on February 12th. Beyond that, what happens with the developer is anyone's guess, but hopefully Sony will give them another a chance to work on a big title before deciding on their ultimate fate.
Game Podunk wishes the best to those that were affected by the layoffs at Superbot and hopes for a speedy recovery for them soon.