Following quick-fire rumours (and denials) late last year regarding the shaky future of id Software and the continued development of DOOM 4 (or ‘the next DOOM game’), it’s been confirmed that a number of developers have been let go from the studio.
As has become du jour, the news sparked on Twitter as 3D artist and Polycount.com editor Adam Bromell posted:
“Some layoffs at idSoftware today, perhaps more to come later.”
This news was followed up by consumer site Joystiq which received a statement from id Software parent company Bethesda Softworks, reading:
“As part of its standard business practice, id regularly evaluates staffing to ensure it has a workforce that meets the needs of the studio. As part of that process, some id employees were recently let go.”
According to the statement, “development work on future id titles continues unabated” at id Software and that the studio is still “recruiting and hiring qualified developers.”
Does this mean that the next DOOM game from id Software is still in the works? And that use of the words ”qualified developers” is a little pointed – was the company and Bethesda not happy with the quality of work some employees were churning out?
Speculation on my part, but the fact remains that developers have unfortunately lost their jobs, but id Software seems to be in no more trouble than it was after shipping RAGE last year.