Gamasutra Report: High Moon Lays Off Staff, Post-Vivendi Merger

The Bourne Supremacy developer High Moon Studios has laid off a significant portion of its staff, following the completion of the Activision-Vivendi merger, according to multiple independent Gamasutra sources.

The developer, which was originally formed in Carlsbad, CA as Sammy Studios and became independent after the Sega-Sammy merger, was acquired by Vivendi Games in January 2005. It has thus far released vampire Western title Darkwatch and Ludlum-licensed action game The Bourne Supremacy.

The layoffs, which apparently consist of a notable portion -- as many as 60 -- but not a majority of the developer's more than 150 staff, were telegraphed in the July 29th statement from new owner Activision.

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