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Report – 30-60 people laid off at Tony Hawk studio Robomodo

Wednesday, 13th October 2010 09:41 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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According to a Kotaku report, at least 30 people have been laid off at Tony Hawk developer Robomodo, with the figure rising to 60 by the end of play yesterday.

The report also claims the Tony Hawk franchise has also been pulled from the studio by Activision, with a wrap party for the studio’s latest title, Tony Hawk: Shred, that was expected to feature Hawk was pushed back to November without notice prior to the layoffs.

Activision didn’t comment on the situation to Kotaku, but Robomodo president Josh Tsui provied a statement:

“It is always difficult to let hard-working and valued employees go. Robomodo has retained all of the company’s directors and leads, along with other staff members. All are busy working on future projects and ideas, which will become the innovative games of tomorrow. We hope to bring back some of our team as we ramp up on our next projects.”

The studio’s first project, Tony Hawk: Ride, released last year, but didn’t go down very well.

Its next game, Tony Hawk: Shred, is due to release by the end of the month for PS3, 360 and Wii.

Good luck to those affected.

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  1. Blerk

    Doesn’t bode well for Shred, does it?

    Acti strikes again! Best of luck to the newly-unemployed. :-|

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Tonka

    Are they still using that stupid board?

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Blerk

    Yup.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Tonka

    Well then.
    What a shame. THPS was the game that got me back into gaming. Sad to see Neversofts legacy being dragged in the muck.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Johnny Cullen

    I’m gonna come out and say it: it went downhill after Underground 2.

    I fucking loved that.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. cookiejar

    Shame for the people that lost their jobs.

    But, its all about Skate now though, right?

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Spaced Oddity

    Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 was the best of the franchise to me. After that, the series became a joke. I’m of the camp wanting anyone involved with Tony Hawk’s sour milk franchise to disappear, or at least work with different studios on different products. No sympathy from me here, but none needed, considering it probably won’t take them long to find work within the field.

    #7 4 years ago