F.E.A.R. 3 developer, Day 1 Studios confirmed the rumors about letting go 100 employees (about 95% of the staff) out of its Chicago development team. Gamespot reports that the layoffs were the the result of losing a publishing deal with Konami. No reasons have surfaced as to why the publishing deal fell through but we do know that Day 1 was in the process of developing a sequal to Konami’s classic Silent Scope franchise.
Currently those that remain at Day 1 Studios are working on another project that has yet to be announced. It is truly a frightening thing to know that all it takes is for a single prospect to fall through to cause this kind of a downsizing within a development studio. Hopefully this new project will help Day 1 Studios get back on its feet.Day 1 Studios Reduces Staff by Ninety-Five Percent,