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Lightbox (Starhawk) lays off 24 people, moves to iOS development

Kifimbo

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George Broussard ‏@georgeb3dr
Good luck to my buddies at LightBox in Austin. Layoffs and rumors of near whole studio gone by Friday :(
https://twitter.com/georgeb3dr/status/258695362620043264

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Update:

http://www.theverge.com/gaming/2012/10/17/3518868/starhawk-developer-lightbox-interactive-hit-with-layoffs-moving-away

LightBox Interactive, the Austin-based developer behind PlayStation 3 game Starhawk, has laid off 24 of its employees, studio founder and president Dylan Jobe tells Polygon. The layoffs are part of a "shift in product strategy" at LightBox, Jobe says, which includes a move away from traditional console development.

Jobe says he's not shutting down LightBox Interactive. Instead, the company will self-fund a small, focused indie-style team to bring the developer's next game to iOS, not the PlayStation 3.
 
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Wait, what?! They only released one game! And it was great!
 

Cisce

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God damn it.

I really loved Starhawk, I would have really liked to see it's universe and gameplay mechanics expanded on in the next generation (especially with a higher build limit).

What a shame.
 

sp3000

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I never understood why they made their games PS3 exclusive. The lost sales must be tremendous
 

Parakeetman

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Man really? I thought Starhawk was a pretty cool game and added some interesting features to MP.

Damned shame...
 

onQ123

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I thought they was already closed after Warhawk?

I guess they will make a new team when it's time for SkyWarHawk.
 

Revven

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Will the game (Starhawk at least) stay online? I'd guess so because they just put the MP up a week or two ago on PSN.

Still, heart breaking to hear this... I just started playing Starhawk the other day. Shame... they were rollin' out awesome stuff compared to most devs these days.
 

mr stroke

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Sucks they are closing, but you can't fault the poor sales. Starhawk was average at best and no where close to the amazing Warhawk.

They should have stuck with a Warhawk sequel.
 

Shiloa

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Starhawk was potentially awesome, but they fluffed it up. So many good ideas in there, but the execution meant the bombing was deserved.
 

alr1ght

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Well at least they didn't sell a season pass for their DLC.

The beta negated any interest in the game for me.

Jobe seems like a cool guy, though.
 

NateDrake

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I thought they was already closed after Warhawk?

I guess they will make a new team when it's time for SkyWarHawk.
Lightbox opened in 2009 and has team members from Warhawk.

Incognito more or less closed after Warhawk launched.
 

B.O.O.M

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Horrible news. Best wishes to those who are losing their jobs. Hopefully they will find employment soon
 

funkystudent

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Holy shit... Sony get serious about these cuts I see.

Now I feel really bad for not buying starhawk.

LOVED warhawk.



Also ill keep asking until I get the answer but what is it always George Broussard announcing this stuff?
 

Revven

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The beta negated any interest in the game for me.
The beta was a mess balance-wise, but I feel the overall final product they have now would have been nice to have back in May.. when it initially launched.

It's sad, I hope those involved find employment elsewhere soon. They took risks in a sea of generic shooters in 2012. Too bad nobody bought the game to prove those risks were worth taking. D:
 

vehn

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So would the servers close? I bought it several months go but haven't played yet
 

Warm Machine

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Starhawk came out!?! I downloaded the beta, for it but never got around to playing it. Had no idea the full game was actually released. I'll have to go look for a copy. Can you buy it on the PSN Store?

Was there any actual advertising for this game?
 

FlutterPuffs

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Starhawk came out!?! I downloaded the beta, for it but never got around to playing it. Had no idea the full game was actually released. I'll have to go look for a copy. Can you buy it on the PSN Store?

Was there any actual advertising for this game?
Sony.
 
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Noooo. Austin is becoming a graveyard for developers.

I thought StarHawk was just one of the games they were going to make. I was hoping their next one was going to be StarHawk but in actual space. I played WarHawk like crazy.