Our eagerly-anticipated Silent Hill Origins may be in a little bit of trouble. The game's developer, Climax, recently laid off 14 of its workers in order to "integrate into a single management structure." (Source: Gamespot) According to Kotaku (you should already put on your "doubt" visors), the main reasoning behind the lay-offs was to "salvage the disastrous development of Silent Hill Origins for the PSP." The article continues to state that "the game had been cut extensively... shriveled down to a handful of much smaller levels and three to four hours of gameplay... Konami was understandably disappointed... and employees were told there were "no assurances" that the Origins project would continue."
While it would be disastrous if this rumor were true, I'm going to take a leap of faith and say it's untrue. The Kotaku report states that a working engine wasn't made available until June, which sounds false considering the game's incredible graphics engine (which was playable). Secondly, I highly doubt the folks at Konami would allow for a high-caliber project like this to fall apart, especially with their other high-profile PSP titles coming down the pipeline. Lastly, a developer in supposedly as much trouble as Climax wouldn't also be working on another high-profile game: Oblivion for the PSP. Climax is a relatively prolific developer: a few layoffs most likely won't affect the future of any of the games in development.
Reader Comments (Page 1 of 1)
10-25-2006 @ 3:35AM
Kotaku's main blogger doesn't even own a PSP (one guess as to the handheld he DOES have).
While I wouldn't attribute the site with the JOYSTIQ level of anti-Sony bias, it doesn't take a genius to do the math when the main contributor(s) don't even own the system they're writing about.
10-25-2006 @ 7:26AM
You've made me feel a little better with your own views at the end. I also found it strange that a playable engine was only ready in June. Doesn't add up.
Im praying its BS. Silent Hill: Origins is one of my most anticipated games on ANY platform.
Can't Team Silent just take over the project? I know theyre working on SH5 but arent they big enough to handle it? Cant they give it to another dev team?
Please dont ruin this game *cry*
10-25-2006 @ 12:36PM
Alright it was just a rumor,well now that i see it Kotaku article sounds like bullcrap also i havent seen a gamespot article that says so.
Good it was only kotaku on their desesperate intents to save their crappola site 'cause Gamebiz,joystiq and ign are totally kicking their asses.
Kotaku is soooooooooo DEAD.
10-31-2006 @ 3:27PM
it said it was a rumor
so if i don't hear it from a
more reliable source
it will just be a rumor