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David Jaffe’s studio lays off ‘majority’ of staff

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Project cancellation leads to massive cuts at Drawn to Death developer

Drawn to Death
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The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency, the studio founded in 2013 by David Jaffe and Nick Kononelos, laid off “the vast majority” of its staff, according to a tweet from its co-founder.

Jaffe, who helped create and direct the Twisted Metal and God of War series, said on Twitter that his studio recently had an unannounced project canceled. That forced the studio to lay off most of its gaming division.

The San Diego-based studio’s only project to date has been Drawn to Death, the third-person, arena-style shooter that was released on PlayStation 4 last year.

Jaffe announced his new studio in 2013 after leaving Twisted Metal developer Eat Sleep Play. Bartlet Jones announced Drawn to Death the following year, but the shooter, which featured a distinctive pencil and ink graphical style and was published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, wouldn’t arrive for another few years. When it did come out, it was received poorly by critics.