Update: An Activision spokesman has reached out to GamesRadar with a further comment regarding this story. Here is the comment in its entirety:
Reports of layoffs at Toys For Bob are incorrect. There has been no reduction in staff recently in the studio. The development team is working full time and has a number of full-time jobs at this time. The studio is excited to continue supporting Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, and recently provide additional development support for Call of Duty: Warzone. ”
Original story: Toys For Bob, the studio behind Crash Bandicoot 4: It̵
Toys for Bob is proud to support the development of season 3 of Call of Duty #Warzone, and looks forward to more to come. #LETSGO dev squads! # Verdansk84 pic.twitter.com/ERmFSWeaIkApril 29, 2021
The official Toys For Bob Twitter account shared a tweet yesterday, April 29, that reads: “Toys for Bob is proud to support the development of season 3 of Call of Duty #Warzone, and looks forward to more to come. #LETSGO dev squads! # Verdansk84 “. Since then, several Toys For Bob employees have quoted the original Warzone Tweet, announcing that they are no longer working in the studio, saying the transition process had involved a number of layoffs. Nicholas Kole, character designer on Spyro Reignited and Crash Bandicoot 4, tweeted “Everyone I had contact with and worked with was released, I’m very glad it does not match.”
Despite the reported layoffs and tasks, it appears that Toys For Bob is not giving up Crash Bandicoot. A spokesman for Activision told GamesRadar, “Toys for Bob remains the lead developer on Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time and is dedicated to delivering engaging gaming experiences to fans now and in the future.” It’s not clear what these future plans will entail, but reporter Liam Robertson recently tweeted about a multiplayer Crash game that was rumored to be under development in the studio. It is not known if this project is still under development.
With Call of Duty: Warzone hitting 100 million players just over a week ago and Warzone Season 3 starting recently, it makes sense that Activision wants to ensure that the popular free-to-play title is supported going forward. At the moment, it does not seem to be at the expense of other long-standing franchises like Crash Bandicoot and Spyro, but only time will tell.
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