Double Fine lays off twelve staff members

Unannounced title canceled when publishing deal falls through

Double Fine Productions confirmed with Games Industry International last Friday that it had to lay off twelve staff members due to a publishing deal falling through on an unannounced title.

“One of our unannounced projects was unexpectedly cancelled by its publisher, forcing us to reduce our staff by 12 people. Our remaining projects — Broken Age, Massive Chalice, and Grim Fandango Remastered, were unaffected,” said the studio’s founder, Tim Schafer.

2014 seems to be a mixed bag for the company. With so many irons in the fire this past year, perhaps it should come as no surprise that some of the projects didn’t pan out. Double Fine most recently made news last September when it made the controversial decision to cease development on its Early Access title, Spacebase DF-9 due to funding issues.

It’s always tough to hear about layoffs, so, to all those affected by this unfortunate turn of events, Destructoid would like to wish you Godspeed in finding new avenues of employment.

Rob Morrow