Update: Activision denies any layoffs in Toys for Bob.
“The reports of layoffs in Toys For Bob are incorrect,” a spokesman said GamesIndustry.biz. “There has been no recent downsizing in the studio. The development team is now fully operational and has a number of full-time jobs. The studio is excited to continue supporting Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s time to provide additional support for Call development. of Duty: Warzone. “
An original story: Activision-owned studio Toys For Bob has reportedly laid off an unknown number of employees.
The cuts appear to have occurred as the developer turned to support for the development of Call of Duty Warzone after announcing his participation in the game via Twitter yesterday.
Nicholas Cole, a character designer who was contracted to work with Toys For Bob on Crash Bandicoot 4 until January this year, shared the news and called it “the end of an era.”
In response to another Twitter user, Cole added that “everyone I’ve interacted with and worked with has been released,” but added that “it’s not entirely [sic] formwork. “
It is not known how many other employees were affected, although Blake Malouf – who has worked at the studio as a game designer for more than a decade – said they were also laid off.
It is also unclear whether the role of Toys For Bob in Call of Duty is only for Warzone season 3 or is permanent.
GamesIndustry.biz turned to Activision for more comments and clarifications.
Most, if not all, Activision studios are already working on Call of Duty, following this switch for Toys For Bob and the decision to merge Tony Hawk’s developer Vicarious Visions into Blizzard.
Earlier this week, it was announced that Activision Blizzard CEO Johanna Faries had taken over as general manager of the Call of Duty franchise.
Toys For Bob was originally founded in 1989, and its debut edition was the science fiction classic Star Control from 1990. It also created and developed the Skylanders franchise.
In recent years, the team has developed the Spyro Reignited Trilogy, the Switch version of the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, and last year’s Crash Bandicoot 4: Time is Time.
Additional reporting by Brendan Sinclair.