Parent publisher Gazillion Entertainment has confirmed that John Romero will remain with Slipgate Ironworks following a round of layoffs that struck
the development studio this month, reports Joystiq sister site Big Download
. As previously detailed, a smaller staff will be left intact to complete an unnamed MMO project, which has undergone a change in "format," according to Gazillion.
Co-founded by Romero in 2005, Slipgate once boasted
a staff of about 80 veteran developers -- now reportedly reduced to around 30 -- that had combined to work on 16 MMO titles for other studios. Their seventeenth and first MMO for Slipgate, however, remains an elusive undertaking.