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Square Enix has confirmed that a team working on a new IP at Crystal Dynamics has been laid off. This news comes just a week after the publisher announced a ¥1.6 billion extraordinary loss due to project re-evaluation.
"We've made some decisions at Crystal Dynamics this week around the second project we're working on, which has resulted in a small number of roles (roughly 12) becoming redundant as we re-scope the project," a representative told Game Informer.
"This doesn't affect the Tomb Raider development team, who, as confirmed last week, are well into production on a next-generation sequel. We're a close-knit team at Crystal and wouldn't be making these changes if we didn't feel it was absolutely necessary. We'll help those affected as best we can and we want to thank them for their hard work and commitment. If anyone is looking for development talent, please contact: email@example.com and we'll put you in touch direct."
Square Enix recently announced the next-gen Tomb Raider sequel after it was outed by comic writer Gail Simone. The confirmation came via a blog post from president of the Americas and Europe Phil Rogers.
Our TakeOur thoughts are with those affected by the layoffs. Unfortunately, we are likely to hear more of these stories related to Square Enix's review of in-progress titles.
I expect that we're going to see a lot of similar adjustments industry-wide as publishers are forced to rein in exploding development budgets. Developers are going to be forced to do more with less, and hopefully the architecture of the new consoles makes that a much easier proposition.
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One thing that might help is if they make the sales goals for the next tomb raider 3 million copies rather than an unreasonable amount. That way they can view the game as something that exceeded expectations rather than a disappointment. I wish square no ill will, and I really hope that there future projects are a success. Mostly so they don't have to keep falling back on reeling in "big fish" with there mobile titles, and they can get back to the quality console goodness that I grew up with.
*sighs* if I hear bad news effecting Tomb Raider 2 or any game I like I'm gonna be really disappointed in you Square Enix. Lower the money you think your gonna get cause going overboard how you really want hence the saying don't let fame get to your head.
Not that it would have mattered since the "Tomb Raider" team didn't even make a Tomb Raider game...
So glad I'll get to play Tomb Raider 2 Among Thieves.
I'm really glad they're making another tomb raider. I don't claim the last one was the best game of the year. But I had the most fun playing it.
Seems like every week results in more news of game developers losing their jobs. Hope they can find another and help the market get back up there too.
Too bad, but I love TR.
Too bad. Best of luck to the workers. Wonder if Meagan Marie was affected by this. . .
Good to know! Keep up the good work guys!
I seriously hate seeing constant layoffs in the gaming industry. It's truly sad.
Great! Can't wait to see TR2 on next gen consoles.
It sounds like to me that some people in this industry are not hired into a company, but hired to do contract jobs until they are finished and then look for the next job somewhere else.