Crypt of the NecroDancer developer Brace Yourself Games hit with layoffs

by Danny Craig  · 
Crypt of the NecroDancer developer Brace Yourself Games hit with layoffs
Brace Yourself Games

Indie developer Brace Yourself Games has confirmed that it has made significant job cuts, with reports of half of the studio being let go.

The details:

  • The layoffs became public after former senior producer Crystal Savin tweeted that she had been laid off after only four months with the company. According to Savin's tweet, 50% of the studio's workforce was directly impacted, implying that approximately 20 employees were let go as a result of the decision. Although no specific numbers were provided by the developer, both studio founder Ryan Clark and director of communications Madeleine Gray retweeted Savin's tweet, with former UI designer and programmer Ben Humphries responding to Game Developer's report with "It's true.”
  • Brace Yourself Games confirmed the layoffs in a statement to PC Gamer, saying that the company decided to let go of "a portion of the company's staff," but that the decision was "not made lightly." The studio also confirmed that it would provide severance packages and additional support to those affected, as well as "address the impact on [its] remaining team members.”
  • Despite the significant staffing change, Brace Yourself confirmed that the development of Crypt of the NecroDancer's Synchrony DLC, spinoff Rift of the NecroDancer, an unannounced project, and future Phantom Brigade content will continue, and that "full support will also be provided for titles being published by Brace Yourself Publishing.”

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