Rockstar San Diego Lets go of Several Staff

July 15, 2010Written by Zak Islam

Back in January it was reported that there were poor working conditions at the Rockstar San Diego studio during the work of Red Dead Redemption. Now, seemingly, a significant portion of the the studios’ staff have been let go.

An official statement given by Rockstar to Kotaku reads:

As is typical with game development, our team sizes have always fluctuated over the course of the development cycle. As Rockstar San Diego transitions from the launch of Red Dead Redemption onto future projects, we are realigning our resources in order to continue to develop games as effectively as possible.

We are ensuring that all employees who are affected by these changes are being treated with care. While we have no announcements to make regarding a sequel to Red Dead Redemption, the team here are hard at work on the development of downloadable content for the game.

Red Dead Redemption has already shipped millions of units and its critical acclaim has been above impressive. So it’s certainly a surprise to see the game doing so well and seeing staff let go at the same time.

For more on the poor working conditions reported back at the beginning of the year, be sure to check out our interview with a former Rockstar employee.