Chicago-based independent developer High Voltage has officially announced that the company has "right sized" its operations from 156 full time employees to 120, following a recent project cancellation.
Known for licensed titles such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
, as well as 2004’s Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude
, the problems at the company were reported to stem from a canceled title in development for publisher High Voltage, though the specific game in question is not known.
High Voltage CEO, Kerry Ganofsky commented of the layoffs: "High Voltage has long been one of the biggest and most established independent game developers, but we had grown to a size where our focus and quality was suffering. It’s imperative that we have the right people and the right critical awareness to make certain that we make great games."
The company itself was established in 1993, and operates out of a 28,000 square foot studio located just outside of Chicago, Illinois. Other notable historical titles from the company include Tempest 2000
and Star Trek: Starfleet Academy