Sea Of Thieves Co-Developer Radical Forge Hit With Layoffs

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As first reported by Games, indie developer Radical Forge faces a small round of layoffs for “restructuring”.

Louis Escudié, previously a junior tech designer at Radical Forge, posted a new tweet suggesting that the layoffs affected six people in total.

They also thanked their coworkers and the IWGB, the latter of which recently criticized Rockstar for the return-to-office request.

Radical Forge issued an official statement today, clarifying that the layoffs “will not affect the delivery of any existing projects”.

The studio also adds that “we will do everything we can to ease the situation of anyone affected and help them find alternative roles”.

Hopefully, Radical Forge can follow through for each of the creatives affected.

There have been a variety of layoffs in the industry lately, including multiple announcements just this week. Supermassive Games announced it will lay off up to 30% of its staff.

Electronic Arts also revealed it will lay off 5% of its workforce, which comes out to nearly 700 people. PlayStation also announced massive layoffs this month, which Insomniac Games later called an “unprecedented moment”.

Radical Forge co-developed hit titles like Gang Beasts, Sea of Thieves, and Zombie Army 4. The Zombie Army series will continue with Zombie Army VR this year, as revealed last week.

The studio also worked on its own original games. These include wacky farming indie Southfield and the cat-themed puzzler Bright Paw.

Southfield has some very creative genre twists, and incorporates some of the silly physics seen in Gang Beasts. And although Bright Paw is something of a hidden gem, it still has mostly positive ratings on Steam.

According to Radical Forge’s official site, the studio is working on a “new title funded by the Private Division Development Fund”.

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