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GN Podcast #479
 

REPORT - Frontier becomes latest UK studio to axe staff

David Braben's Cambridge studio Frontier has axed 14 jobs ahead of Christmas, becoming the latest developer to let staff go in December during the run up to the holidays.

"Frontier regretfully has given a total of 14 people (from a staff of 233) notice that their roles are redundant, across art (9), animation (3) and audio (2) disciplines," said the studio in a statement.

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17 Dec 2012 15:33

NO!!!! This unbelievably sad news.... The lost winds games was one of my favorite games this wii era. I wish you guys luck in your future and I hope if many of you come together that someday I will again get to play your new games again...
thank you.

signed 3dimension.
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17 Dec 2012 15:58

@3dimension They've only made 14 out of 233 staff redundant. I mean, that's awful for those 14 people and I hope they land on their feet (a guy I went to University with was working on audio at Frontier, so I hope he's still ok), but really it's not a huge dent in the workforce.

Still, I'd like to add to your notion of new Frontier games. Lost Winds 2 had an ending that begged for another sequel, fingers crossed they keep the series going.
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17 Dec 2012 16:10

Frank wrote:@3dimension They've only made 14 out of 233 staff redundant. I mean, that's awful for those 14 people and I hope they land on their feet (a guy I went to University with was working on audio at Frontier, so I hope he's still ok), but really it's not a huge dent in the workforce.

Still, I'd like to add to your notion of new Frontier games. Lost Winds 2 had an ending that begged for another sequel, fingers crossed they keep the series going.


Oops I guess I read this wrong, I thought they were closing the whole team, as I said they made fantastic games and I really hope this firing is not going to be a start of a trend.
This was one company I was really hoping that was going to be on the wii u from the start, so yet I wait....

Just to add, for me what really was missing this e3 for Nintendo was the smaller but great companies that supported nintendo with games like lost winds that I was hoping to see, many of us I belive knew companies like ea and ubisoft ...ect were going to develop games for the wii u but companies like frontier uk and others were the developers I wanted to see at e3 and I belive that would of gave Nintendo the e3 edge it needed, after watching e3 a few times I thought it wasn't bad, just not that exciting and predictable, it was a e3 that I would expected for a console that's been out for a few years not for a console that was being just being released.
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17 Dec 2012 16:39

Still wanna see the last to the LostWinds trilogy on Wii U's eShop.
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17 Dec 2012 18:24

Chosenoneknuckles wrote:Still wanna see the last to the LostWinds trilogy on Wii U's eShop.


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With the way the Wii U e-shop works you could be seeing a lost winds sequel that will be more of a retail game length then a wii size download like the size of Okami, and that would be very cool.

Just a thought, I don't know if I buy what Nintendo says about the Wii u being a next gen consoles to all consoles yet... but I can say without hesitation that the wii u is 200x a step better then the wii and is a true successor to the wii brand!!!
And that's really awesome too me!

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