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More layoffs hit TFUII developer

Team making unannounced game affected?

Star Wars The Force Unleashed II developer LucasArts has confirmed a "minor adjustment in staffing".

This round of layoffs – first reported by 3Drealms' George Broussard on Twitter - is the second to hit the troubled studio since September.

According to Broussard, who has been right about similar matters in the past, the Lucasarts layoffs "come from a team working on an unannounced game".

But the company insisted it remains "committed" to making videogames.

"LucasArts recently made a minor adjustment in staffing to help us better address the needs of the business," LucasArts said in a statement.

"We remain committed to our internal studio - and to fostering relationships with trusted external partners - in order to deliver quality games that amaze and inspire fans."

Overnight we learnt that Star Wars The Force Unleashed II was North America's fifth best-selling game for October.

Haden Blackman, the man who created The Force Unleashed, walked away from the developer before the sequel's launch.

Blackman's departure from LucasArts raised a lot of questions. First there were reports of follow-on game The Force Unleashed III being scrapped (although that's now back on), then the PSP version of The Force Unleashed II was binned. And after that, Blackman left. The general consensus was that things weren't right at LucasArts HQ.

The LucasArts layoffs come after Activision confirmed the closure of Guitar Hero co-developer Budcat Creations and the potential sale of Blur creator Bizarre Creations.

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