Sony Closes RIGS Developer Guerrilla Cambridge

Sony Closes RIGS Developer Guerrilla Cambridge

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. 


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Comments Comments (5)

Posted by mchumdinghy
On Friday 13 Jan 2017 8:32 AM
Always sad news to hear of closures. With PS4 selling huge I was hopeful that Sony would be expanding it's first party developer portfolio rather than shrink it like they have been. Its the first party stuff that I love most about playstation and I hope all affected will find great new jobs very soon.
Posted by Nick2016NZ
On Friday 13 Jan 2017 9:04 AM
Game cancellations, studio closures, what a stink start to the year
Posted by Bank
On Friday 13 Jan 2017 9:57 AM
Wooooow no way. Yeah they better relocate the staff. They bust their asses in overtime, with theorising - at the least, every day.
Posted by Outlaw213
On Friday 13 Jan 2017 6:04 PM
Man, I was hoping Sony would get Guerrilla Cambridge to remaster Killzone 2 :(
Posted by Metdevil
On Tuesday 17 Jan 2017 10:23 AM
Not cool :(
The last couple of years has been a bad time for new and unique IPs and the future doesn't look any more promising.