Peter Molyneux founded 22Cans studio in 2012 based in Guildford, England. Molyneaux began this adventure following his work at Bullfrog Productions and Lionhead Studios, the last closing in 2016. With the launch of 22Can’s first game in November 2012, the company faces the challenge of layoffs by 2021.
As reported by GameIndustry.biz, the UK-based studio has started a series of unfortunate layoffs, although the exact number of those affected has not been disclosed at this time.
“Unfortunately, due to a number of factors, including projects reaching a certain stage in their development, we can confirm that a number of roles at 22Cans have been made redundant,” said a spokesperson for studio at the site. “The studio’s development continues, however.”
While this is a situation no one wants to see or experience, it appears the studio is taking steps to deal with those affected by the layoffs, including “some support” for newly released staff. in order to help them place them in a new employment situation as soon as possible.
Currently 22Cans are working hard on a new simulator game called Legacy for PC gamers, although information on the release date remains secret. According to the spokesperson, the development of the current title will remain on track and will not be negatively impacted by the recent change. This new project follows on from Godus, a game intended to be the spiritual successor to Molyneux’s previous title, Populous, which was developed for PC and mobile, but the PC version has not seen an updated beta since 2016. , although the mobile version continues to receive support. . It was reported that following the end of the contract with lead developer Konrad Naszynski that there is no one in the studio with the intention of working on the Godus for PC.
Layoffs, while sometimes inevitable, are never something anyone wants to go through. Our hearts are with the employees affected by this sudden change. If you or someone you know is affected by the news, please see this resource here within the industry which has a constantly updated list of employment opportunities.