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Popcap Suffers ‘Painful’ Layoffs
Seattle-based developer Popcap, a studio known for Plants vs. Zombies and Peggle, has suffered layoffs. The amount of employees let go, and which particular teams were affected, is unknown according to Polygon,
“The changes we made today at PopCap were painful and we’re sorry to lose some of our friends and colleagues,” The developer’s general manager John Vechey told Polygon. “But it was also necessary in order to stay on course with our future plans for mobile games, live services and new IP. PopCap is a studio that made its name building great games that the world can fall in love with, and that’s what we’ll continue to do.”
Popcap declined to specify how many employees were affected, and stated it has “no changes to announce with regard to PopCap titles.” Peggle 2 was set to release on Xbox 360 this May, and it looks as though it will release in time.
This news follows several announcements of layoffs hitting a handful of devs, most notably Sony Santa Monica, which had to cancel an unannounced project, and the entire closure of Bioshock developer Irrational Games. This might indicate that the games industry is struggling, but such layoffs have become commonplace over the past few years as development costs continue to rise.
We wish our very best to those affected.