As of today SuperBot Entertainment is no longer tied to Sony. The PlayStation giant severed professional ties to SuperBot Entertainment on, what the developer and the PlayStation company are calling, friendly terms.
After a round of significant layoffs hit the hard working studio last month it appears that SuperBot’s time with Sony is at an end. Sony themselves had this to say about the break to media site Kotaku:
[quote]Sony Computer Entertainment can confirm that the working agreement with developer SuperBot Entertainment has amicably ended. We have had a positive working relationship with this talented studio, and wish them the best of success in their next endeavor. PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale and the title’s forthcoming DLC releases will continue to be fully supported by Santa Monica Studio.[/quote]
SuperBot’s own director of operations, David Yang, had his own words to express the break.
[quote]SuperBot Entertainment can confirm that the relationship with SCEA has ended on good terms. We are extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to work on with Sony on Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale, and are extremely proud of the work we have done. SuperBot Entertainment will continue working on projects that reflect our passion for games and our commitment to creating award winning titles. We are very excited about beginning the next chapter of our future and invite all of our fans and supporters to follow our journey.[/quote]
Mr. Yang went on to state that though there are no further layoffs planned for the studio that they wouldn’t be able to continue indefinitely with the number of staff they have. As it is the fate of the gaming developer is up in the air. It’s not the only thing though that faces the hangman’s noose. Though Sony stated they plan to continue to support their erstwhile character brawler one has to wonder if they truly plan to stick it out. Obviously sales were much worse than Santa Monica was hoping and as such I fear it means dire things for continued DLC support of the franchise.
It’s too bad also, I quite enjoy the game (you can hit up my review here and see just how much) and was hoping that despite the layoffs that the game would still be strongly supported. As for the developer time will tell if SuperBot Entertainment lands on their feet, but I wish them all the best. In my opinion they made one hell of a game, and even if it ends up being supported by Sony after all, I just don’t think it’ll be the same as when it was in their hands.