The App Retailer is a very unforgiving atmosphere for builders, no matter measurement, stature or the smash hit titles they might have beneath their belt. Contemplating it was solely two weeks in the past that I reported Halfbrick Studios have been on the lookout for beta testers for his or her newest App Retailer effort Raskulls On-line, it is unhappy to see the title’s future already seemingly in jeopardy. In line with CNET, this week Halfbrick made as much as 30 workers members redundant as they transition to focus purely on its stratospherically profitable Fruit Ninja [Free] and Jetpack Joyride [Free] IPs. Sources steered that fewer than 30 staff nonetheless reside at Halfbrick’s Brisbane workplace, which is dramatic distinction from the height of the developer’s reputation that resulted in 100 world staff in a number of workplaces, together with Sydney and Spain.
It is sort of onerous to be too involved about what the way forward for Raskulls On-line might appear like when individuals’s livelihoods are fairly actually on the road right here, and I positive do not wish to get into any pointless hypothesis at this stage. No matter your opinion of Fruit Ninja, Jetpack Joyride or Halfbrick’s subsequent releases, the Australian developer performed a big half within the rising reputation of the App Retailer in its early days, and it is unhappy to see that even such an enormous identify may be inclined to the unstable App Retailer local weather. Hopefully all previous and current Halfbrick staff don’t undergo too lengthy find a spot for his or her mercurial abilities – with all luck, we may even see a resurgence of their well-known IPs on the App Retailer quickly sufficient.[through CNET]