Firefall developer Red 5 Studios has reduced its staff by around 10 percent, ahead of the launch for its online first-person shooter game. The company said that these layoffs are part of a "reorganization" effort. The majority of the layoffs affected the studio's internet video channel, Stage 5 TV. Red 5 says that the ongoing development of Firefall will be unaffected by these layoffs.
"As Firefall matures, we must transition our priorities and our development strategy to focus on streamlined operations and live product support," said Mark Kern, CEO and founder of Red 5 Studios. As part of the reorganization, Red 5 Studios confirms that it has released about 10 percent of its staff, the majority from Red 5's video internet entertainment channel, Stage 5 TV. Development of Firefall is unaffected by the reorganization and Open Beta Stage 2 is well underway with a major patch scheduled for later this month."
Just how many people have been let go from the studio is unknown, but GII points out that the company recruited staff from laid off BioWare and 38 Studios employees, bringing their ranks up to as high as 100 employees at one point.