A “significant” amount of staff was reportedly let go.
A “significant number of staff” has been laid off at Mafia III developer Hangar 13.
2K confirmed the layoffs to IGN in the statement below:
“2K can confirm that there have been staff reductions at Hangar 13 in order to ensure that the studio’s resources are properly aligned with its long-term development plans. These reductions will not influence 2K’s ability to create and deliver its products that are currently in development. We never take these matters lightly, and are working with the affected employees to support them and explore potential opportunities throughout our organization.”
Kotaku reports it was a “large proportion” of the studio’s staff let go, but the publisher has not commented on how many employees were affected.
According to Kotaku, the studio had been prototyping multiple ideas for its next game. One of which was a “third-person action game with a ‘fight to music’ system,” though that was recently scrapped, according to the report. That would line up with the tweets of multiple former Hangar 13 employees, who said they were working on incubator projects
Mafia III, Hangar 13’s debut game, shipped an impressive 4.5 million units during its first week back in October 2016. The studio has since shipped three story-based expansions for the open-world game. The final DLC, Sign of the Times, was released on July 25, 2017.
IGN’s Mafia III review said its “fantastic story and characters are held down by some familiar, uninspired gameplay.”
Jordan Sirani is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter @jdsirani.