New Super Lucky’s Tale Developer Hit With Significant Layoffs

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Playful Studios has confirmed the sad news that they have had to “significantly reduce” their full-time staff.

The developer behind New Super Lucky’s Tale has made the decision to adopt “a more streamlined production model based on distributed game development and dynamic, project-based teams.”

That has meant that they have had to make an “incredibly difficult decision” to part ways with “many” of their staff.

“Since 2012, we have had the incredible opportunity to collaborate with some of the most talented developers in our industry, to create unique, beloved IP, and cherished original games,” founders Paul Bettner and Katy Drake Bettner explained in an update.

“We’ve created and shipped multiple titles on a range of platforms to millions of players worldwide, and we are incredibly proud of the work our teams have accomplished along the way. During this time we have taken significant risks to grow our studio, we’ve dared to dream big, and we’ve worked hard to pursue these amazing opportunities together with our friends. 

“Continued changes in the global video game marketplace require Playful to evolve its approach to the development and production of our current and future projects. The studio will be pivoting to a more streamlined production model based on distributed game development and dynamic, project-based teams.

“As part of this transition in our operating model,  we have made the incredibly difficult decision to significantly reduce our full-time staff, effective today. We are truly heartbroken to be parting ways with many of our friends and colleagues.

“These are people who have poured their hearts into every game Playful has created, who have supported us and each other every step of the way, and have truly made this studio what it is today. We will be working closely with each person affected by this transition to help them move forward.”

Alex Seedhouse
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