Gamasutra is reporting that Obsidian Entertainment has laid off some of its staff working on Armored Warfare. Additionally, publisher My.com will shift some of the Armored Warfare development to its company headquarters in Moscow, Russia.
Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart confirmed the news, saying that no other Obsidian products were affected by the layoffs. For you longtime MMOBombers, former editor-in-chief Spunkify still lists himself as “Armored Warfare Community Manager” on his Twitter. We’ll let you know if that changes.
Sadly, it’s not overly surprising news. Population numbers for Armored Warfare have always been low, leading to oppressively long queue times, even during prime time hours. I think the game has quality, and Obsidian’s done a bang-up job to produce and market the game, but World of Tanks still seems to have a death grip on the genre. Our condolences go out to those affected by the move.