Doesn't actually mean they are expanding the staff for the game (totally raining on the parade here), could mean they are moving the experienced higher paid staff onto other projects and taking cheaper unproven new staff on to fill their roles.
Like they did with Yoshida in the first place, yeah. I don't think it's any coincidence that SE is suddenly hiring an "additional" well-rounded development team. I would think that it wouldn't make sense just to hire doubles for everyone at this point...
What point are you trying to make here? None
of the positions posted were lead positions.
Therefore, on a development team, you could potentially have anywhere from one to infinity of these positions, depending on the project's needs. It certainly does not mean that these are replacement positions. In fact, if there was a mass firing or relocation of other members of the development team it's likely we would have learned about it, whether SE wanted us to hear about it or not.
This is nothing like the situation with Tanaka and Yoshida. Tanaka was a public fall man, all the project's failures placed on his shoulders, then he is cut from his position in order to restore public confidence and hopefully steer the project in a new direction.
You shouldn't think of these positions as doubles, but areas they want to have more focused or faster development on. It's not uncommon for a development team to increase in size, especially an MMO team after launch. It's a smart move, they need to be pushing out content at a much faster clip than they currently are.
StateAlchemist of Amestris wrote:
As far as the PS3 release is concerned, I do believe that this is the first real indication that something is being done about it. (Besides Yoshi assuring that it will be coming "at all costs"...)
They have already been working on the PS3 version, it's certainly possible they're bringing on some of these positions with a focus on PS3 development, but they've been working on it since before launch as they have discussed. It has to be a big priority for them, and something I am sure they are aiming to at least get to beta within 6 months.
So my point, as scatterbrained as it was, is that I am sure there is plenty being done about the PS3 version, but if the point you are making is that, it's good to see them hiring more staff to do something about it faster, I agree. That said, only about half of those positions are positions that would have anything to do with the PS3 version. (The rest being focused on creating content, which is also good news though.) Edited, Sep 15th 2011 6:39pm by RamseySylph