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Rebellion Confirms HQ Layoffs, Derby Studio Closure
Rebellion Confirms HQ Layoffs, Derby Studio Closure
March 18, 2010 | By Leigh Alexander

March 18, 2010 | By Leigh Alexander
More: Console/PC

Oxford, UK-based Rebellion confirmed layoffs at its Oxford headquarters alongside the closure of its Derby satellite office, after a period of consultation that began earlier this year.

The number of cuts at the Oxford headquarters,which recently shipped Aliens vs. Predator, is unspecified; a spokesperson told UK trade site Develop that its source's estimation of 20 positions was "nowhere near" correct, but that "a few staff in junior positions" were let go from Oxford as part of ongoing corporate restructuring.

It's also unclear whether the entirety of Rebellion's Derby staff, which last worked on Rogue Warrior for Bethesda, were given pink slips; in January the company described a restructuring aimed to leverage facility expansions in Oxford and Runcorn, suggesting Rebellion would consider moving some or all Derby staff there.

At the time CEO and creative director Jason Kingsley cited the difficult economic climate and warned of "painful" steps in the company's growth.

Rebellion Derby was formerly Eidos-owned Core Design, developer of the original Tomb Raider game. Rebellion purchased the studio, its staff and assets -- except its IP -- from Eidos parent SCi back in 2006.

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Alan Wilson
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So, in the run-up to the launch of AvP, they are "doing very well" and "recruiting". Now, with AvP out the door, they are "re-structuring" - otherwise known as shut one office and unship a few from the other office. They may well be offering some a relocation to Runcorn, but who knows? And I just wish companies would doing their planning and budgeting just a little better, so we don't keep hearing about "restructuring" shortly after a major release. Hell, stop teasing people - use contractors on fixed term contracts to flesh out the team for the peak periods, or some equivalent. At least that way, they know exactly what to expect!

steve roger
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"It's also unclear whether the entirety of Rebellion's Derby staff, which last worked on Rogue Warrior for Bethesda, were given pink slips;"

I hate to say this but it makes sense that those responsible for the abomination that is Rogue Warrior move on--especially any executives.

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So is this A vs P game any good? I didn't hear any buzz around it after it came out.

Tony Dormanesh
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@Anwar ... Many people have a strong hatred for it, it didn't get good reviews and barely broke the top 10 the month is was released. I'd say in the minds of publishers and the like, they'd call it a bomb.

I have it and think the team did a pretty decent job at making you feel like a predator and alien. Multiplayer is kind of bad though.