Update: Activision reached out to us with an announcement on the studies of layoffs at Toys For Bob saying that they’re “incorrect” and that the staff is absolutely operational and are literally hiring for numerous positions.
Reports of layoffs at Toys For Bob are incorrect. There has not been a discount in personnel lately on the studio. The improvement staff is working absolutely and has a quantity of full-time job openings presently. The studio is happy to proceed supporting Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, and extra lately present further improvement assist to Call of Duty: Warzone.
Original: Yesterday introduced the news that Crash Bandicoot 4 developer Toys For Bob had transitioned to working on Call of Duty: Warzone. Many builders who labored on the studio have now been laid off because of this of that change. It looks as if Toys For Bob aren’t the one studio drafted in for assist both as VGC reporter Andy Robinson claims “virtually every studio at Activision” is now concerned within the improvement of the Call of Duty franchise.
I used to be lately instructed that nearly each studio at Activision is now working on Call of Duty. https://t.co/Y5TTLwGuqc
— Andy Robinson (@AndyPlaytonic) April 30, 2021
Robinson didn’t specify which recreation(s) the studios have been introduced in to assist develop, however glancing on the opening roll for any current Call of Duty recreation normally lists practically each studio already. Development of the latest Call of Duty title, WWII Vanguard, is supposedly a disaster, and it looks as if writer Activision is attempting to summon as a lot assist as potential to get the title by way of the gate whereas additionally supporting the strict deadlines and ongoing improvement that every recreation calls for, notably Warzone. WWII Vanguard is meant to be a cross-gen launch, though that is reportedly holding the game back too. There are even rumors that the sport is in such dire situation that Activision would think about delaying it for the discharge of Modern Warfare 2 Remastered as an alternative. As WWII Vanguard shouldn’t be more likely to be correctly revealed till late summer season, there’s nonetheless loads of time to decide on how they’ll proceed with the franchise.
On the opposite hand, the success of Call of Duty: Warzone has taken Activision abruptly—the sport surpassed 100 million players in simply over a yr. Season Three has simply begun and the sport exhibits no indicators of slowing down. Toys for Bob is the one developer we do know has been introduced in to assist develop this title however that has come at a value to the staff. Nicholas Kole, who labored on Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time and Spyro Reignited Trilogy, has acknowledged that is the one factor the developer is now working on and “everyone I interfaced with and worked along[side] was let go” because of this. Other builders have confirmed the information on Twitter, sharing their very own departures from the studio.
Despite the information of the layoffs and alter in route, Activision has launched an announcement to GamesRadar that “Toys for Bob remains the lead developer on Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time and is dedicated to delivering engaging game play experiences for fans now and in the future.” This fastidiously worded assertion solely explicitly mentions Crash 4, nonetheless, so it might simply be referring to ongoing bug fixes and optimization assist, quite than something new. Whether we’ll ever see extra content material for that recreation or a brand new unique title from Toys For Bob stays to be seen.