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Major Layoffs As Day 1 Studios Loses Konami Publishing Deal
Major Layoffs As Day 1 Studios Loses Konami Publishing Deal
December 2, 2011 | By Tom Curtis

December 2, 2011 | By Tom Curtis
More: Console/PC, Business/Marketing

F.E.A.R. 3 and MechAssault developer Day 1 Studios has been forced to lay off 95 percent of one of its development teams as a result of losing a publishing deal with Japanese game company Konami, according to recent reports.

Prior to these layoffs, the team was working with Konami on an unannounced reboot of the Silent Scope franchise, which hadn't received a major new entry since 2002's Silent Scope 3 on the PlayStation 2.

With nearly all of this team let go, Day 1 is left with one other "significantly smaller" team working on a second project, reports GameSpot.

While Day 1 has yet to confirm exactly how many employees have been let go, its official website says the company is home to more than 140 employees as of this writing.

Day 1 Studios' most recent release was Warner Bros.' F.E.A.R. 3, which released in North America on June 21, 2011 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

In addition, the studio also worked on the console ports on Monolith Production's original F.E.A.R., MechAssault 1 and 2, and the 2008 third-person shooter Fracture.

Studio representatives did not respond to Gamasutra's requests for clarification.

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Jonathan Murphy
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This is sad. I took a test from them not too long ago. It was a really good job test.

Rey Samonte
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Wow...95% of a studio? Who was left? The producer? Losing a job at this time of the year always stings the most. I wish everyone the very best and hope they can at least find assistance with finding a new job.

Gustavo Samour
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It looks like it's 95% of one development team. That's still very unfortunate and I hope those affected can land on their feet soon.

Daniel Martinez
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Persevere, former employees of Day 1, persevere.

Ken Love
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As much as I hate to say it.. "Welcome to the Gaming industry." Good Luck all of you.

David Oso
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aww man!

F.3.A.R was amazing:/

those guys got skills n talent

Kevin Patterson
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Agreed, Those guys/gals have made some great games, I hope that all those affected bounce back quickly.

David Fisk
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This is why I got out of the gaming industry. This happens all the time.

Heinz Schuller
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I was really saddened to hear the news of this, I wish the best of fortunes to my former colleagues at Day 1.

Hey Industry Peeps, hire these folks!! This is one incredibly rich pool of talent being put on the block.

Andrew House
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Sorry to hear that. The Hunt Valley Day 1 people have a lot of talent. I wish them the best and hope someone good picks them up right away.

Lyon Medina
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Very sad to see them go like this. I wish them all the best of luck like everyone else here. Hopefully Day "1" Studios can recover from the loss of business.

Timothy Ryan
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Denny is a fighter. I believe Day 1 will survive though maybe not doing the same kind of games. The shooter genre is highly competitive and if you're not beating games like COD or Modern Warfare, you will lose your shirt trying.