Staff at Monolith, Surreal and Snowblind laid-off by Warner Bros.

Tuesday, 12th January 2010 22:14 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Warner Bros. has made a number of layoffs at Monolith Productions, Surreal Software, and Snowblind Studios.

“We are committed to growing Warner Bros. in the game space and will be retaining robust teams in our Seattle studios,” read a statement given to IGN.

“We have been moving towards sharing certain resources across the studios and have also been reallocating resources to align talent with our development needs.

“Unfortunately, we had a few too many resources in certain functions and some positions were eliminated in this process. Our plan is to continually review staffing needs and as future projects evolve we would expect to see the studios grow.”

Neither Monolith nor Snowblind are reportedly working on new projects, but Surreal’s currently developing This is Vegas, which was originally slated to be released in 2009.

Snowblind was acquired by Warner in February of last year, and purchased Surreal and Mortal Kombat team, Midway Games Chicago (now WB Chicago) after parent company Midway went kaput.



  1. bugmenot

    i blame this on the rise of AAA culture. If a game isn’t a blockbuster multi-million dollar epic, it has to be a niche title with enough of a potential fanbase to support the low budget the dev is forced to commit to the title. Theres no room for 7/10 games anymore – its like a death sentence for the developer. Its a shame quality titles like condemned and F.E.A.R cant support the developers preferred staffing levels. What’s more i doubt these titles were even bombs. GRIN and free radical never had a chance, two (contested i accept) quality studios that shouldn’t have failed.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. El_MUERkO

    developers be warned, sell out to a publisher at your peril, they’ll liquidate you for the dumbest of reasons

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Blerk

    “This is Vegas” is still in production? Jesus, I thought that’d been canned ages back.

    Best of luck to everyone affected. :-(

    #3 5 years ago

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