Sony is closing its Guerrilla Cambridge games studio, making all staff redundant.
According to GameIndustry.biz, Sony has confirmed this shutdown, stating that it is “regrettable”. After a review of current PlayStation projects, the decision was made to restructure their European studios.
Where possible, Sony said it will attempt to move affected developers to other internal projects. If that is not possible, Sony said it will connect with local studios to discuss job opportunities.
“Whilst we accept that this decision will mean that we risk losing high caliber 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,” Sony’s statement goes on to say. “This decision should not take anything away from the incredible games and services that Guerrilla Cambridge has delivered.”
The studio, previously known as SCEE Cambridge Studio, has been running for 19 years and most recently produced PlayStation VR launch title and multiplayer virtual reality game RIGS: Mechanized Combat League. Its past hits have included the MediEvil franchise, Primal, Ghosthunter and PS Vita shooter Killzone Mercenary.
The studio was also famous in the UK for being proactive with the local community especially universities for finding new talent to add to the gaming industry.