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Rumour – Silicon Knights staff cut by 75%

Monday, 31st October 2011 22:30 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Troubled Canadian developer Silicon Knights is said to have been hit by “massive layoffs”.

1UP cites two independent anonymous sources for the rumours, which have a team of 97 reduced to just 25.

The studio’s entire HR department is said to have been cut, including the wife of Silicon Knights president Denis Dyack.

In July, Silicon Knights announced its intention to expand, adding 80 more positions to its existing staff of nearly 100, on the back of a CDN $3 million government grant.

The developer is best known for the 2008 release Too Human, which suffered an extended and controversy-plagued development period and went down like a lead balloon. Its latest effort, X-Men: Destiny, has not met with much acclaim.

Thanks, Joystiq.

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  1. Machinetti

    Oh common this Worthless Studio had it coming with all of their promises first it was TooHuman and it was Horribly dull than i hear an x-men game is coming i pre-order and these bastards all over again dont allow the game to be reviewed until after we find out its a waste of Time!

    Good thing i Cancelled! =)

    They are the Same as Rebelion!

    #1 3 years ago
  2. revolting

    Dark Legions and Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain were two of my favorite titles of the mid-90s. It’s a shame Dyack went totally insane.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Colin Gallacher

    And I was really looking forward to Too Human Two :D

    #3 3 years ago
  4. xino

    @1
    I wouldn’t think so.
    Media and gamers hyped too human and Silicon tit Knights added more fire to the fuel, or is it the other way round.

    The sue battle with them and Epic is still going on.
    Apparently they are trying to blame Unreal Engine 3 for the game looking bad.

    Graphic is not even the problem it’s the gameplay.

    In fact when I tried the demo, it played good. I just didn’t like the way you control it.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Machinetti

    didnt know that! Thanks man. =)

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Phoenixblight

    @4

    Because Silcon Knights had used a different engine after trying to make it with Unreal because they claimed that Unreal was too buggy yet Bioware made Mass Effect with it. They are pushing their problems on the engine and not on themselves for not adapting with the times.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. triggerhappy

    A bad workman always blames his tools? Im sure jumping into bed with the villans at activision didn’t help either. Poor show, Silicon Knights and quality used to go hand in hand last gen.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. The_Red

    After the horrible X-Men Destiny, it was inevitable. Seriously, that game was beyond bad. I’m still trying to find the reason how SK made that. It was on par with Iron Man movie game and in parts, worse than that!

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Blerk

    I figured it was only a matter of time before SK hit the wall, they’ve released very little this generation and the games they have released have been fairly badly received. A shame, because there are (or were) obviously some very talented people there. Good luck to everyone who’s looking for a new job today.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Fin

    Eternal Darkness 2??

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Sini

    I think nintendo holds right to that, we might see it on Wii U if silicon knights are still around by then.

    #11 2 years ago