Sucker Punch, developer of the Infamous and Sly Cooper franchises has been hit with layoffs. IGN reported the news this morning, and Sony has confirmed it. Sony gave IGN the following statement on the news, “SCEA can confirm a reduction in workforce has taken place at Sucker Punch Productions. Sucker Punch is appreciative of the tremendous work team members contributed to the inFAMOUS and Sly Cooper series, and wishes them the best in their next endeavors.”
No number of the layoffs has been found, but the studio Sucker Punch was founded in 1997, and went on to have a working relationship with Sony; developing all of it’s titles exclusively for PlayStation platforms. Sony purchased the studio outright in 2011, and released the critically acclaimed Infamous: Second Son earlier this year. Sucker Punch is currently finishing work on a spin-off title for PSN, Infamous: First Light, which launches this coming Tuesday. We wish all of those effected by the layoffs the best of luck and hope they land on their feet.
This reporter’s opinion: This is really sad news. Second Son was a rather successful game; placing #2 in the NPD sales charts for March, with only Titanfall beating it. The title sold over one million copies in under 10 days of being on the market. It’s metacritic score sits at a very respectable 80, and I would argue it even deserves to be higher as it’s my favorite next-gen game yet. The game was, by all measures, a success. This could just be a few layoffs, a natural part of the development cycle as their work on Infamous comes to an end. Hopefully, we still have plenty of amazing games from those great devs at Sucker Punch.
by, Bobby Marquardt