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Niantic had an enormous hit with Pokémon Go, however a single mainstream success isn’t sufficient to preserve a complete studio going. Since that cellular game’s 2016 launch, the developer hasn’t been capable of attain the identical heights. One followup, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, shut down after about two and a half years available on the market. Now, Niantic has needed to scrap some tasks and lay off a lot of its employees.
The information comes from Bloomberg, who reviewed an e-mail from CEO John Hanke to the Niantic staff. Citing “a time of economic turmoil” for the corporate, Hanke made the announcement that 4 tasks could be canceled. These embody Transformers: Heavy Metal, Hamlet (a collaboration with immersive theater expertise Sleep No More), and two unannounced video games codenamed Blue Sky and Snowball. In addition to these video games being canned, between 85 and 90 Niantic workers will lose their jobs. That quantities to roughly 8% of whole employees.
There is rarely time for layoffs or cancellations, however this information does come at a wierd time. Just yesterday, as of the time of this writing, Niantic introduced NBA All-World, a cellular AR game designed in collaboration with the premier basketball league. Very little has been mentioned in regards to the game, although the official web site had further particulars in regards to the game’s challenges and rewards. An announcement trailer was launched, nevertheless it included no gameplay footage. It solely served to declare that the game was within the works — one thing that will now be in query with these monetary troubles at Niantic.
As for Pokémon Go, Niantic does appear to be persevering with to pour assets into its greatest hit. July’s Pokémon Spotlight Hour dates and occasions have been printed, in order that game seems to be in place in the meanwhile. The game’s anniversary occasion can be occurring in July, bringing Dialga again to raids.