Activision turns Crash 4 dev into Warzone assist studio, denies layoff rumors
Crash Bandicoot 4 developer Toys for Bob has confirmed it is supporting growth on Name of Responsibility: Warzone amid rumors of layoffs on the Activision-owned studio.
In a tweet posted yesterday, the studio stated it is going to be helping with growth on Season 3 of Name of Responsibility: Warzone, with the favored free-to-play battle royale mode having just lately handed 100 million gamers. It is at present unclear if this would be the studio’s major position shifting ahead.
The change is route has raised questions over the present state and way forward for the studio, which has beforehand labored on remakes and sequels to basic Activision franchises together with Spyro Reignited Trilogy, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, and Crash Bandicoot 4.
Some former staff and contractors have indicated the pivot got here at the price of layoffs. Nicholas Kole, who labored as a contract character artist on Spryo Reignited and Crash Bandicoot 4, claimed that “everybody I interfaced with and labored alongside was let go. I’m very glad it’s not completely shuttering.”
Spyro and Crash recreation designer Blake Maloof, who spent over a decade on the studio in keeping with their Linkedin profile, corroborated these rumors on Twitter, including “I not work at Toys for Bob.”
Activision acquired Toys for Bob again in 2005, initially tasking the studio with serving to Vicarious Visions develop Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam earlier than placing it to work on the Skylanders franchise.
We have reached out to Activision for remark.
Replace [4/30/21 4:35 PM ET]: Activision has confirmed Toys for Bob is available to assist growth of Name of Responsibility: Warzone, however denies the studio skilled latest layoffs as a result of shift.
“Studies of layoffs at Toys For Bob are incorrect,” an organization spokesperson tells Gamasutra. “There has not been a discount in personnel just lately on the studio.”
“The event crew is working totally and has quite a few full-time job openings presently. The studio is worked up to proceed supporting Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, and extra just lately present extra growth assist to Name of Responsibility: Warzone.”