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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 10:18am 22/04/10 | 24 Comments
AusGamers received a tip off from reader Bettapust that there was trouble a brewin' at Krome once more, which was essentially resonated by unclebobsticle in our forums, and that trouble comes in the form of more lay-offs (more than 50 in total we're being told), a loss of the license for The Force Unleashed 2 (presumably on Wii, and reportedly as a result of poor review scores for other Krome titles) and a need to rely heavily on government funding as the studio's cash-flow depletes.

The general word from within Krome suggests much of this is happening due to poor internal management and decision-making. From this news post over at tsumea, a Krome worker bee unleashed the following:
The moment you start having passion for your work, taking pride in what the company produces and truly caring about Krome and it's staff as an entity, that's when you've made your mistake because there will be nothing you can do to change anything.
And that's just a taste of the sort of thinking seemingly circulating the developer.

For those anxiously awaiting Blade Kitten, apparently that team is still intact and the game on track. Heard anything new? Drop us a line in the Comments section.



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Eorl
Posted 11:01am 22/4/10
F***. There goes a job opportunity for me :(
Reverend Evil
Posted 11:07am 22/4/10
The moment you start having passion for your work, taking pride in what the company produces and truly caring about Krome and it's staff as an entity, that's when you've made your mistake because there will be nothing you can do to change anything

I don't understand what that means. Is this meant to be a negative post because the start sounds positive and then finishes bad. It's like there's a word missing in there.
groganus
Posted 11:08am 22/4/10
never heard of blade kitten before, cheers for bringing it to my attention
Scooter
Posted 11:26am 22/4/10
I think he means, as a low-end code mokey, there's no point careing. Because if you do care and become passonate and take pride in your work. You cant do s*** to keep it on (your) vision and Managment will bend you over and f*** you up the arse anyway.

So you might as well not care, then you're not upset when the higher-ups decide to completly change/revamp/throw out everything you have been working on.

Like any gaming company working for EA or ActiVision. You can make the best game in the world, but you cant become emotionally invested in it, because you know that in the end, it's going to get ass-f***ed anyway.
Eorl
Posted 11:49am 22/4/10
Yep, pretty much a "don't care, all good" situation.
Mantorok
Posted 11:50am 22/4/10
never heard of blade kitten before, cheers for bringing it to my attention
Looks like they got their first customer.
Bill
Posted 12:10pm 22/4/10
Yeah over 50 people were just let go, but I don't get the rest of this article...

The comment quoted in this post is from a month ago, and made by a guy who was made redundant in a previous "cull". He's obviously got some kind of grudge at the culture in his office - but you've got to remember that Krome is 3 studios, with different cultures in each of them.

The rumour about TFU is pretty weird too, seeing Lucas Arts hasn't even officially announced which platforms it'll be on. Plus as far as I know, Krome hasn't cancelled any projects in the lead-up to *this* round of redundancies...
thermite
Posted 12:17pm 22/4/10
Here's my take, people who start game companies are a little bit over-excited and often get a bit too confident about their business skills. They extend themselves too far and spend a little too much in an effort to "pwn everyone", and just like a trigger happy hero in a team game they fail to be cautious and get their team killed.

last edited by thermite at 12:17:47 22/Apr/10
Tenderiser
Posted 03:50pm 22/4/10
goddamnit!! what the hell is going on??!!!!!!!!!!!! :(
Eorl
Posted 06:08pm 23/4/10
Funny enough, coming home from tafe, I was talking to a friend about the chrome guys being fired, and a lady over heard and said she worked for chrome, and that they were made redundent. This may be because of the loss for The Force Unleashed 2 IP.
trillion
Posted 06:19pm 23/4/10
develop is reporting that up to 50 jobs are being axed, news at 11
Eds
Posted 08:33pm 23/4/10
due to poor internal management and decision-making


This I would believe, so glad i rejected their offer to work there
groganus
Posted 08:41pm 23/4/10
Looks like they got their first customer.


nah doubt id buy it, just interesting to see it i spose.
Midda
Posted 12:09am 24/4/10
Ugh, this is really frustrating, because I don't know what I'm allowed to comment on and what I'm not.

What I can say, is that there are a lot of disillusioned staff after further developments today. No idea what the future holds.
SiriusTexra
Posted 12:56pm 30/4/10
Good Riddance. They were a terrible studio.

Terrible artists, terrible art, terrible programmers, terrible programming.

That, and most of their artists are probably graduated TAFE students who turbosmooth everything.
Khel
Posted 02:54pm 30/4/10
Wow, bitter much?
Dazhel
Posted 12:10pm 05/5/10
Heh, you make it sound like they killed your puppy and made you eat a s*** sandwich SiriusTexra.

Krome did some good stuff, c'mon!
PornoPete
Posted 07:09pm 12/9/10
A s*** sandwich with cured puppy meat.

I must admit that I also don't get the passion thing. all the big boys demand that you be very passionate about gaming in there recruiting sites. I couldn't understand working on Diablo 3 for example and not being 110% percent invested in the outcome.
Raider
Posted 07:35pm 12/9/10
And my Degree steps back again, it really seems like u gotta be a niche studio to make good, companies like Half Brick are pwning because they know their limits. Well looks like i still won't be getting a job in the industry anytime soon :|
step
Posted 07:50pm 12/9/10
And my Degree steps back again, it really seems like u gotta be a niche studio to make good, companies like Half Brick are pwning because they know their limits. Well looks like i still won't be getting a job in the industry anytime soon :|
Just become a code monkey in the meantime.
Midda
Posted 08:19pm 12/9/10
Why did this thread come back to life?
Fireblood
Posted 10:19pm 12/9/10
^ someone posted and then deleted
Raider
Posted 10:36pm 12/9/10
If i could stomach it i would. But i pretty much loathe coding :| Was looking at being a tech artist doing shaders but i was like nah
Sipawhore
Posted 08:10am 13/9/10
My suggestion is outsource your skills to overseas, personally I'm aiming for a small indie studio working with UDK, much easier to break into and more freedom with my work.
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