New World Interactive is the latest studio affected by Embracer’s layoffs
Embracer Group has announced that New World Interactive, the developer of Insurgency, is the latest studio to be affected by its ongoing restructuring program.
The company confirmed the layoffs in a statement to Eurogamer, stating that "restructuring changes involving the New World Interactive subsidiary" had resulted in the job cuts, though the exact number affected was not disclosed. This comes after Second Wind's Nick Calandra reported the studio's potential closure yesterday, but Saber Interactive has since clarified that the studio will remain open.
Saber Interactive, the Embracer subsidiary that houses NWI, is now said to be "actively working to fill existing open roles" with those affected, and that individuals will also be entitled to severance packages. In addition, unannounced projects are confirmed to be still in the works, as are updates for Insurgency: Sandstorm.
The Swedish firm's restructuring program began in June and has since resulted in multiple studio closures and the layoff of over 900 employees. The company warned that more studios would be closed in the future, one of which is likely to be TimeSplitter developer Free Radical, whose consultation period ends this month.
Other recent industry layoffs:
EA has confirmed that layoffs have occurred at F1 franchise developer Codemasters. It's currently unknown how many employees have been affected by the cuts.
Phoenix Labs, the developer of indie hit Fae Farm, has confirmed that it has laid off 34 employees, the studio's second set of job cuts this year.