CD Projekt Red Will Be Laying Off Almost 10% Of Its Staff
In a company update published on the CDPR website today, it was revealed that almost 10% of the firm’s employees will be laid off due to ‘overstaffing’. It was said that after a careful assessment, around 100 members of staff will be made redundant over the next few months – but CDPR has stressed that they’re giving team members time to adjust and offering them a ‘comprehensive severance package’.
This is the third round of layoffs to occur within CDPR since the start of the year, with around sixty team members being dismissed in May across two separate windows.
In the organisational update, it was explained that there’s a desire within CD Projekt Red to become more leaner – and more agile. It simply doesn’t make sense to have so many staff on the books, and in the words of Adam Kicinski, CEO of CD Projekt, they’re overstaffed.
It was written by Kicinski:
We’ve carefully assessed all teams in the company in terms of their expected contribution to the delivery of our strategy. There’s no easy way to say this, but today we are overstaffed. We have talented people on board who are finishing their tasks and – based on current and expected project needs – we already know we don’t have other opportunities for them in the next year.
At present, CD Projekt Red is preparing to deploy Cyberpunk 2077’s first and last expansion – Phantom Liberty. This no-holds-barred addition to the Cyberpunk story is a re-release of sorts, and it’s reported to offer up a completely different product to what players have access to right now – in a way.
It’s a sizeable undertaking and it’ll be the swansong for one of the most iconic rags-to-riches stories in recent years in gaming.
Phantom Liberty will be released on all applicable platforms on September 26th.