It would seem that with the pending layoffs at Black Rock Studios by Disney Interactive Studios have caused quite a bit of bad mojo. It’s bad enough already that people may be out of a job, It’s just all bad when the sequel to last years Split/Second seems to be collecting flies.
An anonymous source from Disney Interactive Studios had this to say
“It’s rumoured at Black Rock that there will be voluntary redundancies tomorrow – roughly 40, with the aim of reducing the studio to a single game team. It seems Disney have been unable to provide us with a project to work on, and our concept pitches clearly haven’t gone down well (despite there being many of them). Aborted projects included a sequel to 2008 quad-bike racer Pure and a follow-up to last year’s Split/Second. After SS wrapped, we started work on SS2 pre-prod which was cancelled last December due to DIS’s new management and their changing priorities (the push towards freemium etc) – SS2 didn’t really fit in with that (despite some efforts to shoehorn it in).”
This is definitely a bit of bad news should it be true. But until more details are released it should be taken with a grain of salt.