Sony has confirmed (via GameIndustry.biz) they’re shuttering the UK-based internal studio Guerrilla Cambridge.
The publisher said the need to shut the studio down is “regrettable,” as the decision came from a full review of all the current projects being worked on across PlayStation consoles. The assessed that “in order to deliver on our strategic objectives, it is necessary to make some changes to the European studios structure.”
The developer was primarily known for the classic MediEvil series on the original PlayStation, and most recently put out the ambitious PlayStation VR title RIGS: Mechanized Combat League. Founded back in 1997, the studio was acquired by Sony and later restructured as a subsidiary of Guerrilla Games.
Sony confirmed that no other studios will be affected, however all Cambridge employees will be laid off, with Sony attempting to reallocate them to other projects if possible. They’ve also pledged to help assist former employees find work in other local studios.
Here’s a bit more of Sony’s statement:
“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 decision should not take anything away from the incredible games and services that Guerrilla Cambridge has delivered.”