Despite the sales success of Ashes Cricket 2009 - and the enormous number of emails we receive about it here at Nintendo Life - the game's original developer Transmission Games (the Wii version was ported by UK-based Gusto Games) has just had to let go a third of its staff due to another potential project falling through. It's understood that the lay-offs primarily included quality assurance and programmers, although there's no exact information available.
The studio were planning to work on a new game licensed from a film property but the deal fell through, leaving the team without a project for as long as the next three months. However, alleged internal emails claim that Cricket 2010 is in the works for a release next year, proving Transmission is still very much up and running despite these regrettable redundancies.
This sad news is unlikely to affect the potential NTSC release of Ashes Cricket 2009 though, so there's still hope on that front for North American cricket fans.