Staff cuts at SuperBot likely as Sony cuts ties with independent studio.
Sony has "amicably ended" its relationship with PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale developer Superbot Entertainment, less than three months after the Super Smash Bros.-alike brawler went on sale.
"Sony Computer Entertainment can confirm that the working agreement with developer SuperBot Entertainment has amicably ended," a Sony representative told Kotaku last night.
"We have had a positive working relationship with this talented studio, and wish them the best of success in their next endeavour."
Ongoing support for the game and future DLC releases will be handled by Sony Santa Monica, the publisher confirmed.
SuperBot, which was formed in 2009, said that it was "extremely proud" of the title, and "grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Sony".
"SuperBot Entertainment can confirm that the relationship with SCEA has ended on good terms," the studio's director of operations David Yang told Kotaku.
"We are extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to work 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."
Staff reductions at the studio are likely to be made, the developer confirmed, although it isn't known whether this is directly related to the partnership coming to a close.
"We don't have a reduction plan as of yet," continued Yang, "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."
PlayStation: All Stars Battle Royale released on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita last November.
The game failed to make much of a dent in the UK charts, debuting at no. 38 in its opening week, before falling out of the Top 40 altogether in the weeks that followed.
SuperBot Entertainment has yet to announce any future projects.