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Activision turns Atomize 4 dev into Warzone toughen studio, denies layoff rumors

Atomize Bandicoot 4 developer Toys for Bob has confirmed it be supporting trend on Call of Duty: Warzone amid rumors of layoffs at the Activision-owned studio. 

In a tweet posted the day gone by, the studio stated it is going to be assisting with trend on Season 3 of Call of Duty: Warzone, with the favored free-to-play battle royale mode having lately handed 100 million gamers. It be currently unclear if this can even be the studio’s predominant characteristic intriguing ahead. 

The commerce is course has raised questions over the present recount and arrangement forward for the studio, which has beforehand worked on remakes and sequels to traditional Activision franchises in conjunction with Spyro Reignited Trilogy, Atomize Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, and Atomize Bandicoot 4

Some ragged workers and contractors contain indicated the pivot came at the cost of layoffs. Nicholas Kole, who worked as a contract character artist on Spryo Reignited and Atomize Bandicoot 4, claimed that “every person I interfaced with and worked along used to be let go. I’m extra than cheerful it’s no longer completely shuttering.”

Spyro and Atomize sport clothier Blake Maloof, who spent over a decade at the studio in maintaining with their Linkedin profile, corroborated those rumors on Twitter, in conjunction with “I no longer work at Toys for Bob.”

Activision received Toys for Bob lend a hand in 2005, first and foremost put tasking the studio with helping Vicarious Visions plot Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam before placing it to work on the Skylanders franchise.

We contain reached out to Activision for observation.

Update [4/30/21 4:35 PM ET]: Activision has confirmed Toys for Bob is supplied to toughen trend of Call of Duty: Warzone, but denies the studio experienced present layoffs attributable to the shift.

Experiences of layoffs at Toys For Bob are flawed,” a company spokesperson tells Gamasutra. “There has no longer been a discount in personnel lately at the studio.”

“The reveal crew is working completely and has a preference of stout-time job openings at present. The studio is excited to continue supporting Atomize Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, and extra lately present extra trend toughen to Call of Duty: Warzone.”

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