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Black Rock Studios confirms staff cuts

Disney Interactive has today confirmed that it will be laying off staff in its Brighton-based Black Rock Studio.

The studio, which was responsible for PS3 and Xbox 360 title, Split-Second, will see a “reduction of its workforce,” according to a statement given to VG247, although  “The studio will continue its work on its current project.”

Black Rock are currently said to be working on a “promising” new title, although it’s thought Disney aren’t keen to commit a large team to the project.

“It seems Disney have been unable to provide us with a project to work on, and our concept pitches clearly haven’t gone down well (despite there being many of them),” a source told Eurogamer this morning.

“… We had a concept week (everyone in the studio working on small teams) to try to come up with new ideas, but nothing really stuck. We had a freemium week sometime later with similar goals too,” continued the source.

“After Split/Second wrapped, we started work on Split/Second 2 pre-prod which was cancelled last December due to Disney Interactive’s new management and their changing priorities (the push towards freemium etc) – Split/Second 2 didn’t really fit in with that (despite some efforts to shoehorn it in).”

Black Rock’s last title,  Split/Second was released in May 2010 to decent reviews, unfortunately though sales were disappointing.

Edited On 05 May, 2011

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