Yesterday we received the unfortunate news that The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency, the studio led by famed game developer David Jaffe, had to lay off a majority of its staff after the cancellation of the team’s next project.
Today, Jaffe spoke a bit more about the current situation at Bartlet Jones and where the studio currently stands. As of now, Bartlet Jones employs only seven staff members compared to the twenty-four that worked at the company before yesterday’s layoffs. Jaffe and the current team are now trying to decide what to do with the project they were working on and are trying to see if they can get new funding from another source. They’ll also be testing some new game design ideas over this time.
Jaffe went on to say that the closure of Bartlet Jones as a whole is a possibility and the next few weeks at the studio will lead to a decision on the future. Jaffe said the following:
“Right now, Bartlet Jones is gonna be a very small team pacing around our office with a gas lamp asking if there’s a game. If in a couple of weeks we decide it is, we’ll get our heads back down and fight the fight. If not, we’ll part as friends, raise a toast to Bartlet Jones and move on.”
Despite the sadness surrounding this entire situation, Jaffe tries to remain hopeful and says he is still excited to test some things out and experiment. Stories of this nature are never fun to report on, but we can only hope for the best for the remaining members of Bartlet Jones moving forward.