[Source] S2 Games, developer of Strife (which went Open Beta recently), anounced a recent reduction in manpower. Insisting it is not due to Strife’s performance or the game “dying”, S2 mentioned the Heroes of Newerth launch team had less than 20 people, while Strife had around 80.
It simply means S2 Games hired more employees than they should, and now have to scale down. It seems weird if you ask me, with Strife having partnered with publishers such as Mail.ru (Russia), Asiasoft (Southeast Asia) and YY Inc (China) to expand the player base. Shouldn’t they be expanding?