The American studio Toys for Bob (Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Spyro Reignited Trilogy) also fell under the wave of layoffs announced at the end of January that swept through Microsoft’s gaming division.
Let us remind you that as part of the cuts, more than 1,900 employees of Microsoft and its gaming companies, including Activision Blizzard, will remain without work. have to almost half of all those laid off, 899 people.
As reported by the publication San Francisco ChronicleToys for Bob will lay off 86 employees – that’s almost half of the studio’s entire staff (in 2021, it had about 180 employees).
In addition to the layoffs, Toys for Bob will also lose its California office, but the studio itself will not close and operate will continue. It is reported that the remaining employees have been transferred to remote format.
Toys for Bob is known primarily as the developer of the Crash Bandicoot and Spyro series, but in recent years the studio has been transferred to supporting releases in the Call of Duty franchise (in particular, last year’s Modern Warfare 3).
It is noteworthy that before the completion of the purchase of Activision Blizzard, Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer promised giving Toys for Bob creative freedom and the opportunity to work on the projects the teams want.
The last standalone release in the history of Toys for Bob remains the team action game Crash Team Rumble, released in June 2023 on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S.