Perpetual Entertainment, the company behind Gods and Heroes and Star Trek Online, has laid off a number of employees. Perpetual president Chris McKibbin claims the layoffs are just a part of the development process.
Gamasutra posted a report submitted from a former Perpetual employee that the company had laid off 35 employees and delayed the upcoming Gods and Heroes MMORPG. The report also claimed that several employees were working on the mysterious Star Trek Online title were let go.
McKibbin responded to the report, claiming most of it was “not very accurate” in the official forums. “We are proud to announce that we are within a month of being content complete on Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising, our upcoming AAA MMO title,” he said in the forums. “As we achieve this major development milestone, a number of content production roles come to an end. The Gods & Heroes team remains over 80 talented people strong as we enter the final phase prior to launch — play-testing and tuning to deliver the highest quality game possible.
“In addition, because we value the feedback our beta testers have been giving us, and because we want to ship the highest quality game possible, we have moved our target ship date from the spring to the summer of 2007. This extension of the testing and tuning phase of the project will allow us to focus entirely on making a great game – which is our number one goal,” he added.