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Sony has reportedly cut ties with Superbot Entertainment. A couple of weeks prior, Sony announced that a number of layoffs at Superbot Entertainment were issued, probably due to the low sales of Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale. This is sad news for Superbot, for the game itself was great, but the sales were not up to snuff. The DLC and future releases will instead be handled by Sony Santa Monica. Other sources indicate that Superbot may have to shut down. David Yang, President of Superbot Entertainment, emailed Kotaku, and he had this to say,
“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.”
This email seems to neglect the latter outcome stated above, but one can only hope. Also Yang has this to say regarding the layoffs specifically,
“We don’t have a reduction plan as of yet, however it is unlikely we can continue with our current work force for an extended period of time,” he said. “We are still working things out and hope to continue on with as many of us as possible.”
First Lightbox and now Superbot. Sony does love putting the pins up and knocking them down don’t they? I’m not entirely sure whether Sony owned Superbot or if it was merely a contract. Superbot is really an indie developer anyway. What do you guys think of these recent events? Let us know in the comments below.