The conglomerate that owns several studios around the world, including the creators of Tomb Raider and Deus Ex, has just carried out a new wave of layoffs.
For several months now, the world of video games has suffered a true massacre with thousands of announced layoffs. Microsoft thus carried out a wave of departures a few days ago, and today it was the giant Embracer that canceled the new passing video game Deus Ex.
That’s it Bloomberg which reveals the information, already confirmed by the studio, which specifies on social media that there are 97 people. He also highlights “the current economic context”.
Embracer, the other video game giant
Obviously, the studio had been working for around two years on a new episode of the Deus Ex saga, a first-person shooter combined with RPG mechanics, and which takes place in a futuristic and dystopian universe.
The venture was launched shortly after the acquisition of Eidos Montréal by Embracer from the hands of Square Enix, which wanted to separate itself from its western branch, also formed by Crystal Dynamics, the studio behind the Tomb Raider saga. This also develops a new episode with Amazon Game Studios.
Hugging is a Swedish conglomerate formed by video game studios and publishers, which made itself known by acquiring numerous cult licenses, including Deus Ex, Tomb Raider, but also Outcast, Metro, Saints Row, Kingdom Come and TimeSplitters, and even The Lord of the Rings.
If he has enjoyed good publicity thus far, the failure of a 2 billion dollar deal with the Saudi government and its subsidiary dedicated to video games, Savvy Games, forced him to review all his plans. Over the course of several months, Embracer made mass layoffs and canceled around twenty games in development.