2K has confirmed in a statement to Kotaku that Mafia III developer, Hangar 13, has been strike by layoffs. Despite the fact that the publisher didn’t get into any aspects, the website’s sources claimed “a substantial proportion” of redundancies at the California-based studio.
An e-mail from 2K’s spokesperson reads:
2K can validate that there have been staff members reductions at Hangar 13 in order to make certain that the studio’s sources are correctly aligned with its lengthy-term enhancement system. These reductions will not influence 2K’s potential to develop and supply its merchandise that are at the moment in enhancement. We never choose these matters frivolously, and are functioning with the afflicted staff members to help them and take a look at likely possibilities throughout our organization.
Kotaku’s sources further more report that Hangar 13 experienced been prototyping tips for its up coming challenge in excess of the previous calendar year. We’ve realized that a 3rd-man or woman “fight to music” action game was becoming considered at one point but it didn’t materialize.
2016’s Mafia III acquired some combined reviews from critics and users alike but was a gross sales achievements for 2K as it experienced shipped 5 million copies by early 2017. It was Hangar 13’s initially challenge (former titles were being designed by 2K Czech).
Our ideas go out to all these who have been afflicted.