It’s unfortunate but Starhawk developer Lightbox Interactive has confirmed layoffs that affects 24 employees. It also looks like they have shifted focus from console development completely.
In a statement issued to GameInformer, Lightbox president Dylan Jobe confirmed that the company had hit layoffs due to a shift towards iOS development instead of consoles. The aim is to have its next title self-funded instead of relying on a publisher.
“Why the lay-offs? Well, as you know the industry is changing,” explained Jobe. “We are moving away from traditional console development to self-fund the development of our next game on Apple’s iOS devices.”
The layoffs aren’t due to the reasonably poor sales of Starhawk as it appears the multi-title contract Lightbox had with Sony has expired and so both companies have parted ways amicably.
“Sony Computer Entertainment can confirm that it has amicably ended its working agreement with developer LightBox Interactive, Inc. We have had a positive and long-standing working relationship with this talented studio, and wish them the best of success in their next endeavor. Starhawk and Warhawk will continue to be supported by Santa Monica Studio,” a Sony spokesperson stated.
“Santa Monica Studio and Sony Computer Entertainment are fantastic people and great to work with. We have had, and will continue to have, a great relationship with everyone over there and I have no doubt that they’ll continue to bring the kick-ass games – and hardware – to gamers everywhere,” Jobe added.