The flop that is known as Aliens: Colonial Marines is beginning to take its toll on all parties involved. Yesterday, it was reported that Houston, Texas-based studio TimeGate Studios, one of the developers of Colonial Marines, was hit with layoffs.
Polygon received a statement from TimeGate president Adel Chaveleh, which read:
"Today, we had to make the difficult decision to let go of some great game developers. This is never easy, and we're doing all we can to assist those developers affected. TimeGate is preparing, as is the entire industry, for the transition to next-generation consoles and new business models. As part of this reinvention, all projects and strategic initiatives continue to move forward at the studio."
While Chaveleh claims the move is simply a transition to the next-generation consoles and new business models, I find it hard to believe the failure of Colonial Marines had no effect on this decision. Last month, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford acknowledged TimeGate's work on Colonial Marines was "probably equivalent" to that of Gearbox. Sources told Polygon that about 25 people were let go from the studio. Best of luck to all involved in the recent layoffs; we hope you land on your feet quickly.