PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale developer SuperBot Entertainment has apparently been struck by a round of layoffs. According to Insomniac Games designer Mike Birkhead, around 20 employees were released earlier today. “When it rains, it pours,” he said, presumably in reference to the recent slew of job losses at defunct publisher THQ.

The second party studio’s mascot brawler was a solid success critically, but it failed to set the sales charts alight. Nevertheless, rumours of a sequel emerged late last year, suggesting that there’s still plenty of fight left in the franchise. Layoffs are common at the end of a project, so this may not signal the death of the upstart. We'll shoot a message to Sony to see if we can find out what's going on.

Update: Sony has issued a statement to IGN. “SCEA can confirm that SuperBot Entertainment did make a reduction in their workforce today," it reads. "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."

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