Not too long after the Thief reboot comes out, developer Eidos Montreal is struck with layoffs, losing 27 people in the process. Initial reports suggested as many as 30 to 50 laid off, but parent company Square Enix quickly confirmed the lesser figure.
Speaking to Kotaku, the company noted the necessity of the move, while claiming to be working on relocating many of the staff. Here is the full response:
Yes it is true we've let 27 people go today, unfortunately it's something that every major studio has to do sometimes in order to ensure you have the right set up for current and future projects. It's never a nice thing to do but we are genuinely trying to offer as much support as much as we can. We're trying to re-locate as many people as possible into other roles here or at our other studios and we've been in touch several studios in Montreal to arrange a career day for those affected by this. We're very thankful for all their hard work and we sincerely wish them well.
News of layoffs at any company are never good to hear, and here's hoping the men and women let go find greater opportunities quickly.
Thief was released just last Tuesday, February 25, and has not enjoyed a smooth reception. That being said, the stealth game has won over many gamers, including us.