It's been a very rough couple of months for developer Eurocom. First, the studio's October release, 007 Legends, was received very poorly by the gaming press and general gaming community. Now news is breaking that more than 3/4 of the studio has been laid off as the company refocuses. Previously employing over 200 people, Eurocom has shrunk to a team of around 50.
Studio Director Hugh Binns made the following statement after news of the layoffs spread online:
"We've fought to try and save as many jobs as possible, but the steep decline in demand for console games, culminating in a number of console projects falling through in the last week, left us with no option. Eurocom has retained a core staff of just under 50 employees and will be focusing mainly on mobile opportunities moving forward."
British studio Eurocom was founded in 1988 and released their first title, Magician for the NES, in 1991. Since then they've typically focused on porting popular titles to various platforms or developing games for existing properties like movies or television shows. Their first James Bond title was James Bond Jr. in 1991, but 007 Legends will likely be their last, at least for the foreseeable future.
We wish the best to all the employees of Eurocom now looking for work and hope they each find new positions soon. Hopefully Eurocom can find future success with their mobiles titles, as it'd be sad to see such a storied studio continue to be troubled.