Silicon Knights Lays off 50% of Staff

Silicon Knights, the Canadian developer behind Too Human and Eternal Darkness (among others), has laid off 43 staff - leaving 43 people manning the fort.

This news comes on the back of disappointing reviews for their most recent title, X-Men Destiny. The game has a metacritic rating of between 38 and 52 percent, depending on the platform.

Speaking to Kotaku, an unnamed developer stated that "Last week Silicon Knights experienced layoffs due to extended contract negotiations falling through with a potential partner".

As if to allay concerns about the future of the company (and interest as to just what happened to the Canadian Government grant they recently received), he also said "We are currently in discussions with other potential partners. The recent Ontario government funding is tied to future performance targets, spread out over the next 5 years, which we will meet."

Most intriguingly, and perhaps most likely to pique attention around these parts, is the veiled suggestion that "The company is currently refocusing and returning to its roots, working on one of its most requested titles for the next generation".

Much as we liked Too Human, we can only imagine their most-requested title would have to be a return to the world of Eternal Darkness.


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Comments Comments (3)

Posted by KatalystaKaos
On Wednesday 2 Nov 2011 11:17 AM
These guys also did MGS Twin Snakes( imoa is huge improvement on the PS1 original) and Blood Omen(the very 1st Legacy of Kain Game). It's possible that we could see them doing another LoK which is another title many would like to see, unless of course another publisher now owns that IP?
Having said that Eternal Darkness was one of the GC's very best 3rd party exclusives so a well made sequel would be welcomed.
Posted by stupidlikeafox
On Wednesday 2 Nov 2011 12:03 PM
...i really liked blood omen. its a shame, but looks like this is kinda what happens when you bring out xmen games that get 38-52% ratings!
Posted by fauzman
On Thursday 3 Nov 2011 9:52 PM
havent played any of their games and am not planning to, but its always sad to see a company downsize. Hopefully, this is a bad patch they will come through.