Troubled Canadian developer Silicon Knights is the latest studio to take a blow from this generation's massacre of game creators, with reports from 1up and Kotaku indicating around 50% of original staff have been shown the door, leaving about 43 people unemployed.
Founded by Denis Dyack almost two decades ago, Silicon Knights has seen difficulties retaining contracts and major projects over the last few years. Underwhelming critical reception and market performance of Too Human caused Microsoft to withdraw funding from what was planned to be a trilogy, and poor reviews of their latest title, X-Men: Destiny, had led to these most recent layoffs. Between Too Human in 2008 and X-Men: Destiny last month, the company had released no titles.
Though downtrodden, the studio is not willing to go down without a fight, with a studio spokesperson stating that the company as a whole is working towards 'refocusing and returning to its roots', stating that they're working on 'one of its most requested titles for the next generation'.
Given the relatively modest history of Silicon Knights titles, there are only a couple of games that could possibly fit the mould of 'most requested titles', those being Eternal Darkness and Too Human. Could we be seeing a long awaited sequel to Eternal Darkness, or continuation of the Too Human trilogy? We'll just have to wait and see.
PALGN would like to wish the best of luck to ex-Silicon Knights staff now seeking work elsewhere.