Layoffs Hit Orcs Must Die Developer Robot Entertainment

by Javy Gwaltney on Mar 27, 2018 at 08:23 AM

Today Robot Entertainment, the Texas-based developer behind the Orcs Must Die series as well as Hero Academy, announced that it has laid off more than 30 people. The studio's CEO, Patrick Hudson, said that the reason for the layoff was "to make a strategic shift to focus on a single internal game project.."

You can read the full statement right here:

Robot Entertainment grew significantly while developing Orcs Must Die! Unchained. In January, we released Hero Academy 2 on mobile devices. And over the past 18 months, our studio has had two teams working on different projects.

Today, the company is making a strategic shift to focus on a single internal game project. Unfortunately, that means we need to resize our team to fit only one project. We’ve made the very difficult decision to let go of over 30 of our very talented and dedicated developers.

Our short-term focus is on helping these great people find new opportunities. If your company is looking for talented game designers, programmers, artists, marketers, producers, and/or QA testers, please reach out to us at

The coming days will be difficult as we say goodbye to friends and colleagues. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with them all.

Robot will continue to operate Hero Academy 2 and Orcs Must Die! Unchained. And we will announce a new game soon. We are excited about the games we will make, and we look forward to sharing more about our future plans.

Robot Entertainment recently launched its last game, a fantasy mobile title called Hero Academy 2, in January.

[Source: Robot Entertainment]

Our Take
Layoffs are commonplace in this industry but that doesn't make them any less cruel or heartbreaking. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to those let go from Robot Entertainment today.