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News: PlayStation Maker Ken Kutaragi Complimented Shuhei Yoshida Twice

PlayStation Maker Ken Kutaragi Complimented Shuhei Yoshida Twice

And that was more than most

Ex-PlayStation president Ken Kutaragi may be the ‘Father of PlayStation’, but he had a tenuous relationship with his employees at best. Speaking as part of a question and answer session conducted by PlayStation 4 architect Mark Cerny, Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida recalled the discussion that preceded his...

News: Uncharted PS4's Director Justin Richmond Departs Naughty Dog

Uncharted PS4's Director Justin Richmond Departs Naughty Dog

Could the last one please turn out the lights?

Whip out your Sony studio boss bingo sheet, as yet another high-profile developer has bit the dust. The latest in the long line of executives to exit the manufacturer is Justin Richmond, who was acting as Uncharted PS4’s game director. His departure follows in the footsteps of Amy Hennig, who worked...

News: DriveClub Developer Evolution Studios Struck by Layoffs

DriveClub Developer Evolution Studios Struck by Layoffs

Two other UK teams affected

We’re approaching the end of the fiscal year, which means that Sony’s still going through the process of downsizing some of its teams. Following redundancies at God of War developer Sony Santa Monica earlier in the month, the platform holder has now confirmed that there have been casualties at three of its British...

News: God of War Studio Sony Santa Monica Slashed by the Blades of Corporate Chaos

God of War Studio Sony Santa Monica Slashed by the Blades of Corporate Chaos

By Zeus' beard

Sony Santa Monica has been hit by layoffs today, the studio has confirmed. In a statement issued to IGN, the platform holder revealed that the move is a result of “resource re-alignment” and is a decision which it “hasn’t taken lightly”. The firm added that it has offered any affected employees “outplacement services and...

News: Ken Levine Closes the Booker on Irrational Games

Ken Levine Closes the Booker on Irrational Games

BioShock studio caught in the Rapture

Irrational Games, the legendary developer best known for the BioShock franchise, is no more. Writing on the company’s official website, founder Ken Levine has confirmed that the studio is shutting down after an incredible 17 years of development. The outfit’s last ever release will be the second episode of...

News: Unannounced Need for Speed Title Canned as Focus Turns to Battlefield

Unannounced Need for Speed Title Canned as Focus Turns to Battlefield

Not fast enough

With the multi-million selling first-person favourite Battlefield standing toe-to-toe with genre juggernaut Call of Duty, EA has chosen to focus its efforts on the modern military brand – but not without some casualties. Ghost Games UK, which aided production on Need for Speed: Rivals, has been hit by layoffs over the past few...

News: Star Wars 1313's Creative Director Plots a Course for PS4

Star Wars 1313's Creative Director Plots a Course for PS4

Not a Wookiee

Dominic Robilliard, the creative director on LucasArts’ unreleased Star Wars 1313, has fired up his jetpack and returned to Sony’s first-party fray. The developer – whose previous credits include London Studio’s underrated The Getaway games – has been working with the platform holder for over seven months now, though it’s...

News: Graphics Coder Corrinne Yu Dumps Microsoft for Naughty Dog

Graphics Coder Corrinne Yu Dumps Microsoft for Naughty Dog

Already loving PS4

Programmers rarely ever take centre stage in the games industry, but Corrinne Yu has enormous pedigree behind the scenes. Having cut her teeth as an elite programmer on the classic adventure title King’s Quest for the Apple II, she adopted many game development roles before eventually winding up as the Director of Technology at...

News: Hitman Developer Struck with Layoffs as Studio Refocuses on Franchise

Hitman Developer Struck with Layoffs as Studio Refocuses on Franchise

Kane and Lynch keeping out of trouble

You can kiss goodbye to any hopes of a Mini Ninjas sequel. A spokesperson for Square Enix Europe has told Games Industry International that Danish developer IO Interactive has had all of its projects cancelled and its workforce cut in half as it refocuses on the Hitman franchise. In the process, former...