TO UPDATE: Activision issued a statement rejecting layoffs. We apologize for the original heading of “Crash 4 Developers Go to Call of Duty: Warzone Amid Layoffs”. See the full explanation below:
“Toys For Bob layoff reports are false. There have been no downsizing in the studio recently. The development team is fully operational and currently has a number of full-time positions. The studio looks forward to continuing to support Crash Bandicoot 4: the time has comeand have recently provided additional development support for Call of Duty: Warzone. “
The original story is below:
Developer Toys for Bob recently made a splash on social media by tweeted that they are starting their work and helping with the development of Call of Duty: War Zone, a popular battle royale shooter that has quickly become the focus of publisher Activision’s gaming endeavors.
Toys for Bob released Crash Bandicoot 4: the time has come in 2020 a platformer popularized by fans of the Crash Bandicoot Franchise and Critic. Comes after excellent remasters of the original Crash Bandicoot Trilogy alongside redos of the PS1 Spyro Games and Crash Team RacingMany had hoped Activision would continue to complement theirs call of Duty Machine with new games in their platform franchise.
– Toys for Bob (@ToysForBob) April 29, 2021
Instead, Activision appears to be doubling its leading service game. The announcement goes wrong Social media posts from Toys for Bob employees that they are no longer with the company, a situation that eerily echoes the Activision studio Vicarious Visions and their move to a support studio after the successful release of Tony Hawks Pro Skater 1 + 2.
While there’s no official word from Activision about their future plans (and it probably won’t be until June), insider rumors have heard that every developer under the Activision umbrella is working on this call of Duty Franchise in a way. The publisher has focused on this franchise for years and offers few scattered releases outside of the first-person shooter series.
Obviously, from a business perspective, Activision has plenty of reasons to focus on this call of Duty and War zone. The free battle royale reportedly grossed $ 3 billion for the company in 2020, making it a success that dwarfs the traditional $ 60 or $ 70 release. Lots of fans of crash and other Toys for Bob publications may hurt this news, but that doesn’t affect Activision’s paperback.