Frontier Developments, which set up a lovely new studio in tax-friendly Canada earlier this year and which is currently after £1,250,000 from the public to kickstart another version of Elite has chosen the weeks before Xmas to lay off staff.
The redundancies of 14 people at the UK's Cambridge based company happened last Friday December 14th at 6pm - a traditional time to sack folks in order to "give them time to think about things". Frontier managing director David Walsh confirmed the situation stating that:
"Frontier regretfully has given a total of 14 people (from a staff of 233) notice that their roles are redundant, across art (9), animation (3) and audio (2) disciplines. This is due to the changing mix of skills requirements for our current and future projects - it is not a reflection on the company's prospects, which remain healthy."
He further told Eurogamer
that, ?Once we took the decision to make the roles redundant, we felt it was better that the affected people knew ASAP so they can plan any further expenditure over the Christmas period accordingly and focus on their search for new roles as soon as possible. We have provided redundancy arrangements in excess of the minimum.
?We are actively recruiting to shift the balance of skills we have within the company to enable us to deliver the set of projects currently in development."