We didn’t expect Starhawk developer LightBox Interactive to stay exclusive to Sony following the release of its most recent online multiplayer shooter, but we’re a little bit disappointed by the company’s decision to step away from console development altogether. Alas, company president Dylan Jobe confirmed overnight that the Austin-based studio has laid off two dozen employees as it switches its focus to iOS and mobile development.
“Why the lay-offs? Well, as you know the industry is changing. We are moving away from traditional console development to self-fund the development of our next game on Apple’s iOS devices,” the likeable executive told Game Informer magazine.
Apparently, the company’s exclusivity contract with PlayStation has now lapsed, and the two parties have decided to go their separate ways. A spokesperson for the platform holder said: “Sony Computer Entertainment can confirm that it has amicably ended its working agreement with developer LightBox Interactive, Inc. We have had a positive and long-standing working relationship with this talented studio, and wish them the best of success in their next endeavour. Starhawk and Warhawk will continue to be supported by Santa Monica Studio.”
Meanwhile, Jobe added: “Santa Monica Studio and Sony Computer Entertainment are fantastic people and great to work with. We have had, and will continue to have, a great relationship with everyone over there and I have no doubt that they’ll continue to bring the kick-ass games – and hardware – to gamers everywhere.”
LightBox Interactive is the second PlayStation exclusive developer to switch its attention to mobile development in just eight months. Twisted Metal studio Eat Sleep Play also followed a similar path earlier this year. At this rate, there’ll be no console developers left.