Their contract was up, zam. No one was fired or "kicked to the curb". And superbot is still around to my knowledge and on good terms with Sony
And honestly we are missing a huge part of the equation here. We dont know what Sony's expected sales are. The current sales may be lower, equal to, or higher than expected but we dont know what that number actually is.
You cant call it a flop off whether you like the game or not since quality=/=sales all the time. And calling people fanboys does not add anything to your non argument.