Layoffs Hit 2K Marin, Possible Studio Closure
A post on Polygon today reported that there were some pretty heavy layoffs over at 2K Marin, the studio that worked for years on what eventually became The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. The post doesn’t have specific numbers, but does cite more than one source claiming that the “majority” of the team has been laid off from the studio, and that anyone who still has a job is transferring to the new 2K studio being started up by Rod Fergusson in the San Francisco area.
For its part, a 2K representative issued a statement, confirming the layoffs:
“While these were difficult decisions, we regularly evaluate our development efforts and have decided to reallocate creative resources. Our goal to create world-class video game titles remains unchanged.”
Considering how long 2K Marin was working on The Bureau, I’m not too surprised that this has happened. As you may recall, the studio started working on it way back in 2007, and it was scrapped and started over at least once. And while the resulting product got some solid reviews, I think it’s safe to say that it didn’t light the charts on fire. Shame—I’m still curious about it. But I won’t lie: I didn’t buy the Bureau yet myself.
Our condolences to everyone affected by the layoffs.