Guerrilla Cambridge — a branch of Guerrilla Games, who most recently gave us RIGS: Mechanized Combat League — is shutting down, and all its employees will be laid off.
The news comes from Games Industry who was told by Sony that the decision to terminate the studio comes from a review of all current PlayStation projects and resources, with Sony concluding that “in order to deliver on our strategic objectives, it is necessary to make some changes to the European studios structure.”
Sony also told the Games Industry that the closure of the 19-year-old developer is “regrettable.” As mentioned above, the studio, previously known as SCEE Cambridge Studio, most recently released the PlayStation VR launch title and multiplayer game RIGS: Mechanized Combat League. It has also worked on MediEvil Franchise, Killzone Mercenary, Primal, Ghosthunter, and more.
Sony has pledged that where possible it will try and reallocate people on other projects,” and assist staff by speaking to local developers about recruitment prospects. Fortunaetly, as Games Industry points out, Cambridge has many potential developers for people to land at, including Ninja Theory, Frontier, Jagex, and more.
“Whilst we accept that this decision will mean that we risk losing high calibre staff, by focusing on other Studios with exciting new projects in development, (including continued work on PlayStation VR), we believe we will be in a stronger position going forward and able to offer the best possible content of the highest quality to our players.”
“This decision should not take anything away from the incredible games and services that Guerrilla Cambridge has delivered.”
Sony confirmed that no other studios, including Guerrilla Games Amsterdam, developer of Horizon: Zero Dawn, will be affected.