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A very unhappy Christmas for Haze developer

by Steven Williamson on 2 January 2009, 10:00

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Free Radical Design, the Nottingham-based developer of the Timesplitters series and the PS3 first-person shooter Haze, is facing an uncertain future after it went into administration over the Christmas period.

A sequel to Haze was widely predicted from the company, who also had a fourth installment of the Timesplitters series in development. All company projects has now been put on hold as the developer seeks a buyer in the New Year.

The company is now operating with just 40 employees with over 75% of its workforce given their marching orders. Free Radical Design's administration company, Resolve Partners, is calling for investors to come forward.

"We are inviting all interested parties to come forward. Significant interest has already been shown and we are hoping to make further announcements by the middle of January."

With EA, Ubisoft and Codemasters all having a hand in previous company projects, it seems likely that if a bidder does come in to save Free Radical, then one of these three will be first knocking at the door.


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Don't forget the new Star wars game they were doing :)
With those sorts of titles on the way there must be plenty of companies interested. I hope Timesplitters 4 is as good as the other 3, 75% of the workforce fired doesn't fill me with hope on that front though. :(
Lanky123
With those sorts of titles on the way there must be plenty of companies interested. I hope Timesplitters 4 is as good as the other 3, 75% of the workforce fired doesn't fill me with hope on that front though. :(

if the 25% left work 4x harder, then we'll be alright :D
Well, Haze was pretty much a joke so maybe for the best. there'll be new companies, anyway, I'm sure they'll find jobs elsewhere
Perfectionist
Well, Haze was pretty much a joke so maybe for the best.

bah, i came in to say that :p