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Test Drive Unlimited 2 Devs Go On Strike After Studio Layoffs

by Matthew Kato on May 11, 2011 at 05:01 AM

Test Drive Unlimited 2 developers Eden Games are on a symbolic day-long strike today to protest publisher Atari's recent layoffs at the studio and what Eden believes is Atari's continued "mismanagement."

The French developer is staring down Atari-mandated layoffs that will eliminate over 50 positions at the 80-person studio starting most likely in June. "Eden pays now for Atari mismanagement," says a statement from Eden.

It goes on to allege that Atari always follows such layoffs with rosy recovery scenarios that never come to pass. Moreover, it charges that the bigwigs at Atari continue to "get rich despite financial difficulties" that caused the layoffs in the first place, and that Eden employees are as compensated for their work as those over at Atari. Eden even singles out Atari CEO Jim Wilson as an example of the damaged relationship between the two companies, saying that he's never even introduced himself to those at the developer.

According to the studio, Test Drive Unlimited 2 is expected to sell 900,000 copies, but it says it doesn't have the official numbers from Atari. No clarification was given whether this figure is for all the versions of the game and if it's worldwide.

For more on the situation, check out Gamasutra's Q&A with Eden Games.