News that our fellow gaming industry professionals have been stripped of their employment is always a bad thing -- even when said professionals work for a studio that we ... kind of ... forgot about. Hey, it's not our fault. Do a quick search for "Rockstar New England," and the only result is a post about the studio's origins
published April 2008. They've reportedly been working on an unannounced project since then -- but then again, who isn't these days
?According to Kotaku
, Rockstar New England (formerly Mad Doc Software) just axed about 10 percent of its staff -- including the entire quality assurance department. Unnamed sources reported Rockstar is cutting QA across the board in favor of having a single QA studio -- a fact that doesn't bode well for the non-bugginess of Grand Theft Auto V
. Strangely enough, Rockstar New England's site says the studio is hiring
for a few programming and designing positions. Rarely do gaming studios have such Wal-Mart-esque turnover.
We've contacted Rockstar to find out if Kotaku's sources were accurate.