“Transition between major projects is always challenging.”
After the release of Mad Max and preceding the launch of Just Cause 3, Avalanche Studios has announced that 24 staff members have been laid off. The reasoning is simple – projects get completed and team sizes are altered as a result.
A representative told GameInformer that, “The transition between major projects is always challenging, especially for independent developers. We have just completed one project and are currently wrapping up another. In starting up our new projects, we were not able to perfectly match the team sizes and skill sets of the previous ones, and we unfortunately had to let some talented developers go.
“Twelve developers were given notice in New York. There was a similar number of notices given this summer in Stockholm, but right now we are in the process of rehiring some of those who left. We expect to keep hiring in the new year. This unfortunate event does not affect any of our current projects, and we’re taking measures to avoid situations like this in the future.”
Just Cause 3 is out on December 1st. What are your thoughts on the lay-offs? Let us know in the comments.