It sucks when your job gets blow'd up

There was sad news this week in Hoffman Estates, IL as High Voltage Software joined the ranks of other several other development studios in reducing their headcount. 25 employees were laid off according to IGN. Here’s what the HVS representative had to say on the matter:

I can confirm that High Voltage Software has reduced some of our staffing based on our current production requirements and predictions of what is needed for the remainder of 2010.

We are sad to have to say goodbye to these employees and friends, but these changes are necessary to bring our organization to a healthy operational size.

Is this simply tough global economic conditions or a reflection of a development studio which has failed to live up to the high expectations set by recently hyped titles such as The Conduit and Tournament of Legends?

Hopefully their fortunes will improve with the multi-platform release of The Grinder and the promise of a much improved Conduit 2. We’ll keep our fingers crossed!