Sony has officially announced that they have ended their agreement with PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale developer SuperBot Entertainment, and have turned over the responsibility of all future work on the PS3 and Vita version of the game — including the development of additional downloadable content — to their first-party studios.
A Sony representative confirmed the news to Kotaku, saying:
“Sony Computer Entertainment can confirm that the working agreement with developer SuperBot Entertainment has amicably ended. We have had a positive working relationship with this talented studio, and wish them the best of success in their next endeavor. PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale and the title’s forthcoming DLC releases will continue to be fully supported by Santa Monica Studio.”
The confirmation that the two companies are no longer under contract comes just two weeks after SuperBot Entertainment was reported to have laid off several of their employees.
Early reports about today’s news indicated SuperBot (which was founded in 2009) would be closed, however, the studio itself has denied that this is the case. SuperBot Entertainment’s director of operations David Yang responded to questions about the company’s future plans, by saying that they are looking forward to “beginning the next chapter”.
Yang’s full statement reads:
“SuperBot Entertainment can confirm that the relationship with SCEA has ended on good terms. We are extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to work on with Sony on Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale, and are extremely proud of the work we have done. SuperBot Entertainment will continue working on projects that reflect our passion for games and our commitment to creating award winning titles. We are very excited about beginning the next chapter of our future and invite all of our fans and supporters to follow our journey.”
“”We don’t have a reduction plan as of yet, however it is unlikely we can continue with our current work force for an extended period of time. We are still working things out and hope to continue on with as many of us as possible.”
We will let you know as soon as additional details about SuperBot Entertainment‘s future plans and today’s announcement are released.