It’s never nice hearing about game development studios being shuttered, morose when those teams are highly talented. Sadly in yet another restructuring of their European studios, Sony has made the decision to close yet another UK studio – this time Guerilla.
The announcement was made official this morning by Sony, who explained.
“in order to deliver on our strategic objectives, it is necessary to make some changes to the European studios structure.
“Whilst we accept that this decision will mean that we risk losing high calibre staff, by focusing on other Studios with exciting new projects in development, (including continued work on PlayStation VR), we believe we will be in a stronger position going forward and able to offer the best possible content of the highest quality to our players.
“This decision should not take anything away from the incredible games and services that Guerrilla Cambridge has delivered.”
The studio’s biggest success was the PlayStation 1 title MediEval – considered underrated by many gamers. In more recent times, the studio has worked on PlayStation VR title RIGS:Mechanised Combat League. As it stands this, this doesn’t affect the Amsterdam arm of the Guerilla studio, which was responsible for the Killzone series of games.
This isn’t the first time Sony’s done this, nor is it uncommon. Last year Sony closed down Wipeout developer Studio Liverpool. Last year Microsoft killed off Lionhead Studios, a move that shocked many within the industry and saw it cancel several Fable titles in the process.
We hope that everyone affected is able to get new positions within the industry soon.