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Firm of Heroes studio Relic Leisure has laid off 121 workers and says the cuts are a part of an effort to restructure the studio and make sure that “most effort” goes into its “core franchises.”

“Sega is in a wholesome monetary place and stays absolutely dedicated to supporting and investing in Relic Leisure and the franchises it’s chargeable for, together with the critically acclaimed Firm of Heroes sequence,” Relic mother or father firm Sega stated. “We’re assured that following this needed restructure, the studio shall be ready of energy to proceed delivering excellent experiences to gamers everywhere in the world. 

“Making choices like that is extremely tough, and as a studio that treasures its individuals and is pleased with the tradition it’s grown, the main target is on supporting departing workers with profession transition companies and severance packages. We want to provide our sincerest thanks to every of them for the half they’ve performed in serving to Relic Leisure’s initiatives obtain international renown.”

Relic actually solely has two “core titles”: Except for a quick detour for Age of Empires 4 in 2021, it has been 12 years for the reason that studio launched a game that wasn’t both Warhammer 40,000: Daybreak of Struggle or Firm of Heroes. These video games have all been well-received critically and commercially, except for its most up-to-date launch, Firm of Heroes 3, which got here out in February. 

We favored Firm of Heroes 3 rather a lot regardless of some clear issues, calling it “a spectacular RTS that manages to shine even when the principle marketing campaign does not” in our 82% assessment. However it’s fighting a “combined” score on Steam, and “principally damaging” latest person critiques, from gamers sad with every little thing from the technical state of the game to the presence of microtransactions and lack of latest content material. The console model of Firm of Heroes 3 is due out on Could 30.

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Relic normal supervisor Justin Dowdeswell and chief working officer Heidi Eaves supplied extra perception into the justification for the layoffs in an e-mail despatched to Relic workers (through LinkedIn) saying that the previous yr was “extremely tough” for the studio.

“The mixture of great challenge delays, quickly rising prices, excessive inflation, and overseas trade fee fluctuations have had a mixed damaging impact on our enterprise,” they wrote. “Consequently, the measure of success for a studio of our measurement has grown, and it has put extra stress on our titles to achieve an more and more aggressive market.

“All of those components have led us to the choice with SEGA to scale back our studio measurement considerably and refocus our efforts. We are going to proceed to assist our core titles, together with Firm of Heroes 3, and our upcoming initiatives to make sure they’re profitable for us. We imagine that making this very tough choice now will assist safe a robust future for our studio and our enterprise.”

The lack of 121 workers represents a deep lower at Relic: The corporate’s LinkedIn web page signifies that it has 201-500 workers. Sega declined to touch upon the layoffs.