Rumor: Turok 2 shelved, Disney Interactive lays off over 200


Joystiq has learned from multiple sources that an as yet unannounced Turok sequel has been shelved due to sweeping layoffs at Disney. According to one source, Turok 2 had been in development for "over a year and a half," before the team was notified the project would be put aside on Thursday, January 29.

Turok 2 was set to continue the story of the recently revamped series, which debuted on the Xbox 360, PS3 and the PC in 2008. One source told Joystiq that Propaganda was working hard to produce a quality title, with hopes of bringing some familiar weaponry to fans of the original series, including the infamous Cerebral Bore from Turok 2: Seeds of Evil. While Turok 2 may return to development, sources say, "A lot of the core people are no longer there," meaning a future Turok would likely be significantly different from the team's original vision.

It was also indicated that Propaganda Games may be the studio behind the recently rumored Tron title.

The layoffs were reportedly first announced internally via a conference call by Steve Wadsworth, president of the Disney Interactive Media Group on Wednesday, January 28, hours before the news broke online. After the call it was revealed that 204 employees throughout the Disney Interactive Media Group had been laid off. The groups hit include Disney Online (DOL) Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Online (WDPRO), Mobile Japan. At least 75 employees have been shed from Propaganda Games and the now defunct Fall Line Studios.

Alleged Turok 2 concept art can be viewed in the gallery below. Know anything more? You know where to find us.

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