An unknown number of layoffs are affecting WB Games Seattle staff – the umbrella name "WB Games Seattle" comprises Monolith Productions, Snowblind Studios, and Surreal Software. A source close to the studio confirmed reports to us this afternoon, following statements from 3D Realms founder George Broussard on Twitter
, stating, "Another Warner Brothers layoff going on as we speak. In progress now. Shame. Hope people land safely."
WB Games Seattle is currently working on Lord of the Rings: Guardians of Middle-earth
, and it's unclear if any other projects are currently in production. Layoffs hit the studio last November
, and were said to have affected "60ish" people. Warner Bros. didn't respond to request for comment as of publishing.Update
: WB issued the following statement, confirming the layoffs: "Due to shifting business imperatives, WB Games Seattle has made staff reductions. The group will continue to remain an integral part of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment."