[UPDATE] Lord of the Rings: War in the North publisher confirms job cuts at Seattle-area studios; 3D Realms' George Broussard puts headcount at roughly 60.
Earlier this week, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment released The Lord of the Rings: War in the North at retailers nationwide. Now comes word that the publisher's releases this week may have included employees as well as games.
Warner Bros.' Seattle-area shops include Monolith Productions and Snowblind Studios. Snowblind developed The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, with previous titles including Justice League Heroes and Champions of Norrath. Monolith is currently working on Gotham City Imposters, and counts the first two F.E.A.R. games, the Condemned series, and The Operative: No One Lives Forever among its past efforts.
[UPDATE]: A WBIE representative confirmed layoffs for GameSpot, saying, "As part of the continual review of our business operations and fluctuating market conditions, we have had to make reductions in our WB Games Seattle workforce."