Elite: Dangerous Developer Lays Off 14 Staff

Christmas layoffs at UK developer Frontier Developments

According to Eurogamer, Frontier Developments have dismissed 14 members of staff from their Cambridge headquarters in the UK.

This sad news was allegedly delivered to staff on 14 December and included specialists in animation, art and audio. Frontier released a statement explaining that "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." 

Frontier Developments employ in excess of 200 people and have offices in the UK and Canada. On 15th of November Frontier announced the release of their free-to-play iOS game Coaster Crazy and other titles released in the last 12 months, Lost Winds 2: Winter of the Melodias and Kinect Disneyland Adventures have also been for iOS and/or console platforms.

The recently announced Kickstarter project, Elite: Dangerous, will be an “epic space game” based on the 1984 classic and will feature multiplayer open-world trading and combat. No platform has officially been announced but clearly the planned product is significantly different from Frontier's recent titles which may explain the staff turnover.

A number of positions are currently being advertised on on the Frontier website.

Sources: Eurogamer, Frontier, Wikipedia

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Published Sep. 8th 2017

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