Resident Evil: ORC Devs the Latest to be Hit With Layoffs
In a trend that's getting more and more disturbing as time goes on, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
developers Slant Six Games have laid off 'more than a quarter' of their workforce. The news was broken yesterday to GameSpot
that a large chunk of its 96-person team based in Vancouver were given two options: to take a severance package or accept a temporary layoff and collect employment insurance while the company searches for new projects.
sold well, according to the game's publisher Capcom, but the same cannot be said as far as reviews are concerned. The game has a 52 rating on MetaCritic
, with 24 of 56 reviews in the 'negative' column. It scored a 6.0/10
from us at 8bitfix.
I personally enjoyed RE:ORC
for what it was, and I think that Slant Six has a lot of talent. I still feel like they made the best SOCOM game in years with 2008's SOCOM: Confrontation
for the PS3. Once the myriad of launch issues were hammered out, that game was great. I still hold out hope that Sony will let them revive the franchise as the original developers, Zipper Interactive, were shut down completely.
I wish Slant Six the best of luck and I hope to see a new project from them soon.