A “vital” quantity of workers was reportedly let go.
A “vital variety of workers” has been laid off at Mafia III developer Hangar 13.
2K confirmed the layoffs to IGN within the assertion beneath:
“2K can affirm that there have been workers reductions at Hangar 13 in an effort to be certain that the studio’s assets are correctly aligned with its long-term improvement plans. These reductions won’t affect 2K’s potential to create and ship its merchandise which might be at the moment in improvement. We by no means take these issues frivolously, and are working with the affected workers to assist them and discover potential alternatives all through our group.”
Kotaku experiences it was a “massive proportion” of the studio’s workers let go, however the writer has not commented on what number of workers had been affected.
In response to Kotaku, the studio had been prototyping a number of concepts for its subsequent recreation. Considered one of which was a “third-person motion recreation with a ‘battle to music’ system,” although that was just lately scrapped, in line with the report. That might line up with the tweets of a number of former Hangar 13 workers, who said they had been engaged on incubator tasks
Mafia III, Hangar 13’s debut recreation, shipped a formidable 4.5 million units during its first week again in October 2016. The studio has since shipped three story-based expansions for the open-world recreation. The ultimate DLC, Signal of the Instances, was launched on July 25, 2017.
IGN’s Mafia III review stated its “unbelievable story and characters are held down by some acquainted, uninspired gameplay.”
Jordan Sirani is a contract author for IGN. Observe him on Twitter @jdsirani.