Ubisoft has confirmed a report by Develop that up to nineteen staff at the company’s Reflections studio in Newcastle – the team developing Driver: San Francsico – could be made redundant or not have contracts renewed.
“This is a proposal for reorganisation,” Ubisoft’s spokesperson is quoted as saying. “Overall, this may result in redundancies effecting (sic) up to a dozen studio team members. When we are in a heavy production time, as we are with Driver, there are a lot of contract workers, and I do believe about seven [other] workers will not have their contracts renewed.”
“The [Driver] brand is very important to us, and Reflections is crucial as a studio,” the spokesperson added.
However, with the game now delayed until and a studio workforce nervous about further ‘restructuring,’ the latest in the Driver series is undergoing a troubled release.