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News video games 05 April 2024, 06:00

author: Martin Bukowski

CoH3 Devs Facing Layoffs Once Again. Relic Is Trying to Survive in “Increasingly Volatile Industry”

Following its recent split with Sega, Relic Entertainment has announced more layoffs. This time 41 people have said goodbye to the studio.

Source: Relic Entertainment

Last week we informed you about the sale of Relic Entertainment (the team parted ways with Sega) - the developers of, among others, Company of Heroes 3 and Age of Empires IV. As a result of this action, the studio once again became an independent entity. A new message regarding employee layoffs has now been published through the LinkedIn account of the studio.

Earlier today we shared details with Relicans about a layoff. Letting people go was not an easy decision, and was made solely with the goal of providing Relic the best possible chance to survive in an increasingly volatile industry.

The post didn't provide the exact number of people dismissed, but one of the company's employees - Robyn Smale - indicated that there were 41 of them. Relic assures that it collaborates with people impacted by layoffs to offer them assistance such as severance packages or extended benefits.

This isn't the first report of the studio losing employees over the past year. Let's recall that in May 2023, Relic announced the layoff of 121 individuals, which at the time accounted for nearly half of the entire team. At that time, the argument was based on the desire to "maximize focus on the main franchises."

Layoffs in the gaming industry are ongoing and there is no indication that this will come to an end in the near future, despite the desire for it to be otherwise. We can only hope that despite the downturn, Relic studio will still be capable of delivering both new titles and updates to the existing games.

Martin Bukowski

Martin Bukowski

Graduate of Electronics and Telecommunications at the Gdańsk University of Technology, who decided to dedicate his life to video games. In his childhood, he would get lost in the Gothic's Valley of Mines and "grind for gold" in League of Legends. Twenty years later, games still entertain him just as much. Today, he considers the Persona series and soulslike titles from From Software as his favorite games. He avoids consoles, and a special place in his heart is reserved for PC. In his spare time, he works as a translator, is creating his first game, or spends time watching movies and series (mainly animated ones).