Update: An Activision spokesperson has contacted GamesRadar with an additional comment regarding this story. Here is the full comment:
“Reports of layoffs at Toys For Bob are incorrect. There has been no reduction in staff recently in the studio. The development team is working full time and has a number of full-time positions at this time. The studio is excited to continue supporting Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time , and recently provide additional development support for Call of Duty: Warzone. ”
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Toys for Bob is proud to support the development of season 3 of Call of Duty # Warzone, and looks forward to more to come. #LETSGO dev troops! # Verdansk84 pic.twitter.com/ERmFSWeaIk April 29, 2021
The official Toys For Bob Twitter account shared a tweet yesterday, April 29, which reads: “Toys for Bob is proud to support the development of season 3 of Call of Duty #Warzone, and looks forward to more to come. #LETSGO dev squads! # Verdansk84 “. Since then, several Toys For Bob employees have quoted the original Warzone Tweet announcing that they no longer work in the studio, saying that the transition process had involved a number of layoffs. Nicholas Kole, character designer at Spyro Reignited and Crash Bandicoot 4, tweeted “Everyone I interfaceed with and worked on was released, I’m very glad there’s no speed lock.”
Despite reported layoffs and missions, it appears that Toys For Bob is not leaving Crash Bandicoot. An Activision spokesman told GamesRadar: “Toys for Bob is still the premier developer of Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time and is dedicated to delivering engaging gaming experiences for fans now and in the future.” It is not clear what these future plans will mean, but reporter Liam Robertson recently tweeted about a multi-player crash game that is rumored to be under development in the studio. It is not known if that project is still under development.
With Call of Duty: Warzone hitting 100 million players just over a week ago and Warzone season 3 having recently started, it makes sense that Activision wants to ensure that the popular free-to-play title is supported going forward. For now, it certainly does not seem to be at the expense of other long-term franchises such as Crash Bandicoot and Spyro, but only time will tell.
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