Sony announced today plans to shutter Guerrilla Cambridge, the team behind the recent PlayStation VR title RIGS: Mechanized Combat League. All employees will be laid off.
According to Gamasutra, the studio has existed in one form or another for nearly 25 years. The started off creating James Pond as part of creator Millennium. They then worked on later PlayStation titles like MediEvil and Primal as Studio Cambridge. The developer adopted the Guerrilla name in 2012 when working on the PlayStation Vita title Killzone: Mercenary.
Guerrilla Games’ main studio – which is working on the upcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive Horizon: Zero Dawn – won’t be affected by this.
“Within [Sony Interactive Entertainment] Worldwide Studios, we have a regular process of review in order to consider projects coming to completion and the deployment of resources," Sony said to Eurogamer. "In such a competitive landscape this enables us to continue to create and produce high-quality, innovative and commercially viable projects.
"Having reviewed and assessed all current projects and plans for the short and medium term, we have decided that in order to deliver on our strategic objectives, it is necessary to make some changes to the European studios structure.
"As a result, it has been decided that Guerrilla Cambridge Studio will close."
They continued, saying that the move was “regrettable that this decision will lead to compulsory redundancies” but that it would allow them to focus on “other Studios with exciting new projects in development, (including continued work on PlayStation VR).”
Sony will try to reallocate staff to other projects.