While the industry has witnessed some of the greatest games this year, it has been a tough year for all the game studios and developers. Massive studios like Insomniac, CD Projekt Red, and more have laid off developers in 2023.
The recent layoffs have also delayed multiple titles, which is ultimately harmful to the gaming industry. Following several instances of people losing their jobs this year, it appears Ubisoft has become the latest studio to lay off over 100 employees.
Why it matters: Such layoffs can impact a game’s development, potentially leading to delays in the worst case scenario. They can also be mentally harmful for developers.
Ubisoft Montreal, the studio working on the Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry franchises, is the latest to be hit by the layoffs. It has been reported that 124 members have been laid off.
The studio has released a statement to Eurogamer, clarifying that these layoffs were part of its reorganization. Ubisoft said:
“Every team within Ubisoft has been exploring ways to streamline our operations.”
The publisher elaborated that the recent layoffs would help it be better positioned for success in the future. While nothing good can ever come from layoffs, Ubisoft has been able to keep its production team unharmed.
Following the job cuts, Ubisoft has offered condolences and confirmed that it will support all the employees impacted by this decision. It stated:
“We are providing comprehensive support for our colleagues.”
Since the studio has confirmed that the production team remains unaffected, upcoming games like Assassin’s Creed Red, expected to arrive next year, are unlikely to be delayed because of the recent layoffs.
We hope every developer involved in this situation can get up on their feet quickly and find employment elsewhere. The fact that Ubisoft is willing to help in the process likely means it will be much smoother than initially expected.
Nonetheless, we hope this is the last of such layoffs. Every week studios report layoffs, and it has become saddening to see the talented folk in the industry losing their jobs after putting out so many incredible games this year.
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