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Major redundancies at Day 1 Studios as Konami moves on

Loss of publishing deal sees developer cut 95% of one dev team

Day 1 Studios, which developed F.3.A.R. and MechAssault, has had to lay off 95 per cent of its main development team after losing a contract to develop a reboot of Konami's Silent Scope series.

It's not known how much work had been done on the new vision for the franchise, which last saw an outing on the PS2.

The job losses just leave a 'significantly smaller' unit at the developer working on another game, Gamespot reports. Around 100 staff are thought to have lost their jobs in the shake up.

In Spetember this year, Day 1 celebrated its tenth birthday, marking a decade of development since Denny Thorley and TJ Wagner began work on MechAssault for the original Xbox in 2001. The company's information page lists the staff total as 140 people.

So far, no explanation has been made public as to why Konami may have decided to terminate its arrangement with the studio. Both Day 1 and Konami have been contacted for comment.

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Latest comments (6)

Tramell Hawkins Writer / Blogger 5 years ago
Sad to see studios close down like that.

I think you meant Gamespot, not Gamestop lol. Classic typos never die.
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John Donnelly Quality Assurance 5 years ago
Best of luck to all those impacted by this.
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Bruce Everiss Marketing Consultant 5 years ago
Every time this happens you get new studios rising like phoenixes from the ashes. With the low barrier of entry to app developing and publishing this has become even more viable.

Good luck guys.
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Joshua Mills Level Designer, Compulsion Games5 years ago
I'm going to be backing Bruce's & John's comments. It always sucks to hear about layoffs and it's a really trying time for those affected. As Bruce mentioned I hope something does rise from the ashes. I've loved Day 1's games and hope to see more from these talented individuals.
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Isaiah Taylor Writer/Photographer 5 years ago
Also, "Spetember" may want to be changed. Good luck to those at Day 1 and those who use to work there.
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Aaron Bauer Producer / Designer, Babaroga, LLC5 years ago
This is a pretty nasty blow to the Chicago development community. Day 1 has some amazing programmers, though, so hopefully Bruce is right and this will lead to a shiny new Development team in the windy city.
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