Digital Extremes, the writer behind stay service behemoth Warframe, has confirmed that it’s shutting down its publishing arm and will likely be handing management of Wayfinder again to developer Airship Syndicate.
These developments have led to an unknown variety of staff being laid off, primarily from the corporate’s publishing and exterior tasks wings, with Polygon reporting that, based on two sources, “not less than 20 folks had been let go”. It’s now unclear whether or not Digital Extremes has any plans to publish exterior video games like Wayfinder going forwards, although it positively appears to be focusing its consideration internally for now.
“We can verify we’ve made the tough determination to stop operations of our exterior tasks division,” a consultant for the writer stated in a press release issued to PC Gamer, which appears to be just like these revived by a number of different shops. “We have needed to say goodbye to a variety of hardworking and extremely invaluable group members consequently and we’re working with Airship to transition full management of Wayfinder to them within the coming months.”
After it was introduced late final yr that Digital Extremes and Airship Syndicate could be getting into a partnership to be able to publish the sport, Wayfinder arrived in early entry this August to combined evaluations. You can learn our preview of it from March right here.
These layoffs comply with a reshuffle of Digital Extremes’ management final month, which noticed James Schmalz, who based the corporate all the best way again in 1993, step down from his place as CEO. Soulframe sport director Steve Sinclair was tapped to take his place within the position going forwards.
This is simply the least spherical of job cuts in what’s been a reasonably horrible yr for the complete video games trade layoff-wise. Just earlier than the calendar flipped over to November, we discovered of cuts at Sony-owned developer Bungie, with firms starting from Microsoft to Team 17 having laid off workers earlier within the yr.
Meanwhile, it’s additionally lately been reported that Embracer Group could possibly be planning to close down Timesplitters studio Free Radical Design as a part of a restructuring.