Disco Elysium Producer Fired From ZA/UM; Scandal Continues
Hubert Sledziewski, 09 November 2022, 16:46
The scandal at Estonian studio ZA/UM continues. Martin Luiga has announced that another person has involuntarily left the ranks of the team responsible for Disco Elysium. This time it was the game's producer, Kaura Kender.
Layoffs at Microsoft, Including Xbox Division
Adam Adamczyk, 19 October 2022, 14:20
About 1,000 Microsoft employees have been laid off from their jobs. The cuts have affected the Xbox division, among others.
Splinter Cell Remake Loses Director; He Worked on Blacklist, AC Unity and Far Cry 6
Hubert Sledziewski, 17 October 2022, 13:15
Splinter Cell Remake has lost its director. David Grivel left Ubisoft after eleven years of working on such game series as Assassin's Creed, Far Cry and Splinter Cell.
Battlefield Loses Lars Gustavsson Leaves After 22 Years
Jacob Blazewicz, 09 September 2022, 20:05
Lars „Mr. Battlefield” Gustavsson is done with Battlefield. The series' creative director is parting ways with DICE after more than 20 years.
Cyberpunk 2077 Producer Leaves CD Projekt RED
Krzysiek Kalwasinski, 06 September 2022, 16:21
CD Projekt RED is losing another veteran. After 15 years, Jedrzej Mroz - one of the main producers of Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 2 - is leaving the studio.
Naughty Dog Loses Veteran Animator
Kamil Kleszyk, 16 July 2022, 16:46
Josh Scherr, one of the key figures on Naughty Dog, has decided to part ways with the company he was associated with for more than two decades. Among others, to him we owe the success of the Uncharted series or the phenomenal The Last of Us: Part II.
Deus Ex and Guardians of the Galaxy Screenwriter Moves to BioWare
Adrian Werner, 03 July 2022, 15:54
Responsible for the script of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy and the latest installments of Deus Ex, Mary DeMarle has left the Eidos Montreal team to join BioWare.
Unity in Trouble; Kotaku Reports Big Layoffs
Przemyslaw Dygas, 30 June 2022, 12:01
Unity has experienced a wave of layoffs. Most likely, it is due to ill-considered strategic decisions.
Bobby Kotick Reelected; Internet Boils
Jacob Blazewicz, 23 June 2022, 12:44
This year's Activision Blizzard investor meeting ended with the re-election of the board of directors (including Bobby Kotick), a noncommittal vote on bonuses and a report on the company's fight against bullying.
Layoffs, Canceled Projects and Lack of Purpose; Problems at Mafia Devs
Przemyslaw Dygas, 27 May 2022, 14:38
Hangar 13 has more problems. The makers of Mafia 3 are facing a wave of layoffs and a painful restructuring.
Mafia 4 Could be a Prequel Powered by UE5; Hangar 13 Loses Execs
Michael Zegar, 05 May 2022, 20:10
Kotaku sources report that Hangar 13 is working on a new installment of Mafia, which is to be powered by the Unreal Engine 5 technology and be a prequel to the original trilogy.
Crysis 4 Reveals First Cards; Hitman 3 Director Joins Team Lineup
Michal Ciezadlik, 04 May 2022, 13:02
Crytek has announced the name of Crysis 4's director. It's Mattias Engström, who directed 2021's Hitman 3, among others.
Protesting Activision Blizzard Employees Excluded From Raises
Przemyslaw Dygas, 08 April 2022, 13:45
About 1,100 temporary workers have been given raises and the opportunity to work full-time at Activision. However, this does not include those who had previously joined the protests.
Days Gone Director Joins Creators of New Tomb Raider
Milosz Szubert, 06 April 2022, 13:34
Jeff Ross, one of the directors of Days Gone, boasted on Twitter that he joined Crystal Dynamics. It is worth recalling that yesterday the team announced that they are working on the next installment of the Tomb Raider series.
Sony Lays Off PlayStation Employees as Part of 'Global Transformation'
Jacob Blazewicz, 01 April 2022, 13:55
About 90 PlayStation employees have said goodbye to their jobs as part of Sony's „global transformation,” presumably meaning an emphasis on direct product sales, bypassing the retail market.
Co-creator of Gwent Minigame Leaves CD Projekt RED
Milosz Szubert, 31 March 2022, 19:13
Rafal Jaki has announced that he will leave CD Projekt RED at the end of June. He is, among others, the co-creator of the anime Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, which will appear on Netflix, and the scriptwriter of The Witcher: Ronin comic book. He also played a significant role in the development of Gwent in The Witcher 3.
Important Figure Leaves Valve After 22 Years
Hubert Sledziewski, 30 March 2022, 16:52
A little legend has left the ranks of Valve. We are talking about Doug Lombardi, who for twenty-two years served as VP of marketing at the company.
Amazon Games' Head Mike Frazzini Leaves Company
Adrian Werner, 27 March 2022, 14:43
Mike Frazzini, the head of Amazon Games, has left the studio. In a letter to employees he reassured that it will not affect the team's work.
WoW's Community Manager Leaves Blizzard After 9 Years
Przemyslaw Dygas, 22 March 2022, 15:03
Former community manager of World of Warcraft has left the ranks of Blizzard. Opinions about him among the players are divided.
BioWare Hires Lessons From the Screenplay Host to Work on Mass Effect 5
Adrian Werner, 14 March 2022, 14:57
A Youtuber known for analyzing plots of video games and movies has joined BioWare, where he will be working on Mass Effect 5.
Perfect Dark Lost Another Key Developer
Adrian Werner, 13 March 2022, 16:20
Director has left the team working on the Perfect Dark reboot. Earlier studio The Initiative lost the game's chief designer.
Dragon Age 4 in 'Mid-development'; BioWare Lost Another Producer
Jacob Blazewicz, 24 February 2022, 11:46
BioWare has confirmed the current status of Dragon Age IV. Work on the game is progressing, although the project has lost an executive producer.
Kotick May Leave as Activision Blizzard's CEO; Schreier on Employee Reactions
Agnes Adamus, 19 January 2022, 12:47
There have been reports that Bobby Kotick may leave his position as CEO of Activision Blizzard. This is expected to happen after the completion of the company's acquisition by Microsoft.
Activision Blizzard Laid Off Nearly 40 Employees in Wake of Scandals
Adrian Werner, 18 January 2022, 16:01
Activision Blizzard has laid off nearly 40 employees involved in mobbing and sexual harassment scandals, reports Wall Street Journal.
Gameplay Designer of The Witcher 2 Leaves CD Projekt RED
Przemyslaw Dygas, 11 January 2022, 13:01
Mateusz Kanik has left the ranks of CD Projekt RED. The designer worked on The Witcher 2 and Cyberpunk 2077.
Skull & Bones Loses Co-director
Jacob Blazewicz, 05 January 2022, 21:43
Skull & Bones loses another important developer, who parted ways with Ubisoft. This time without any controversies, but it's of little comfort.
The Co-founder of the Studio Responsible for Forza Horizon Resigns
Agnes Adamus, 05 January 2022, 19:45
The studio responsible for the Forza Horizon series loses its leader. Its boss and co-founder Gavin Raeburn left Playground Games.
Ubisoft Faces Staff Exodus; Game Development Slows Down
Przemyslaw Dygas, 21 December 2021, 13:38
Ubisoft is facing an exodus of developers. This applies to both high-profile names and lower-level employees.
Age of Empires 4 Director Leaves Relic Entertainment
Adrian Werner, 20 December 2021, 13:07
Relic Entertainment has lost Quinn Duffy, the director of Age of Empires 4.
Call of Duty: Warzone Devs Protest Against Sudden Layoffs
Jacob Blazewicz, 06 December 2021, 21:47
Activision Blizzard's decision to fire many Raven Software testers didn't sit well with other studio employees.
Layoffs at Call of Duty Devs; The Game Awards 2021 Without Activision Blizzard
Jacob Blazewicz, 04 December 2021, 18:35
Activision Blizzard is laying off numerous experienced testers from Raven Software testers. „Ingenious” way to give raises to the remaining employees did not win the company the approval of developers, and perhaps even Geoff Keighley.
Battlefield 2042 Loses Head of Design After the Launch
Jacob Blazewicz, 25 November 2021, 13:59
Lead designer for Battlefield 2042 will soon part ways with EA DICE. Allegedly, this is not related to the post-release problems of his latest title.
Dragon Age Just Lost an Experienced Creative Director
Miriam Moszczynska, 24 November 2021, 13:09
Senior creative director of the Dragon Age series has left BioWare. The board assures that the development of the next installment is not threatened. We don't know yet who will replace Matt Goldman.
Assassin's Creed Lead Writer Returns to Ubisoft
Hubert Sledziewski, 12 November 2021, 21:47
Seven and a half months - that's exactly how long Darby McDevitt's „divorce” with Ubisoft lasted. The narrative director of Assassin's Creed: Valhalla and screenwriter of Black Flag and Revelations will return to work on the series and is „excited to continue the journey”.
Blizzard Exec Resigns After 3 Months
Jacob Blazewicz, 03 November 2021, 19:46
Blizzard has had a successful quarter, but news of good financial results gives way to news of the departure of Jen Oneal, who, along with Mike Ybarra, led the company for the last three months.
Blizzard Fires 20 Employees Involved in Sexual Violence and Mobbing
Michael Zegar, 20 October 2021, 16:30
The wake of Blizzard being sued, more than 20 people have been fired at this point. The company has sent a special letter to employees and has already announced the next steps.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon 2 - Sega Confirms Yakuza 8
Adrian Werner, 08 October 2021, 14:57
With the reorganization at Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, Sega has revealed that Yakuza: Like a Dragon 2 is in development.
Diablo 4 Got a New Director
Przemyslaw Dygas, 08 October 2021, 13:04
Diablo 4 has got a new director. This position has been taken by Joe Shely, who previously involved in works on World of Warcraft and Diablo 3.
Overwatch 2's Executive Producer Leaves Blizzard
Przemyslaw Dygas, 22 September 2021, 11:47
Blizzard Entertainment has lost another important employee. Chacko Sonny, the executive producer of Overwatch 2, is leaving the company.
Activision Blizzard Targeted by SEC; Kotick to Testify
Przemyslaw Dygas, 21 September 2021, 11:47
More and more problems for Activision Blizzard. The company is being examined by the US Securities and Exchange Commission, and the company's chief legal officer has left the company.
Open World and Survival - PUBG Dev is Working on a Huge Game
Hubert Sledziewski, 06 September 2021, 17:03
A few days ago, PUBG creator and „father” of the battle royale genre Brendan „PlayerUnknown” Greene left Krafton and founded the independent studio PlayerUnknown Productions, which is to create the game Prologue, announced in 2019. The developer is aiming for survival mechanics and a giant open world.
Paradox Interactive CEO Replaced by Her Predecessor
Adrian Werner, 02 September 2021, 16:48
Ebba Ljungerud is no longer the CEO of Paradox Interactive. She has been replaced by Fredrik Wester, who has held this role in the past.
Cyberpunk 2077 With New Support; CD Projekt Hires Modders
Jacob Blazewicz, 30 August 2021, 21:34
CD Projekt RED will be enlisting the help of modders while working on Cyberpunk 2077. The studio has hired the company that created the WolvenKit tool to work on further mod support, but also various game systems.
Top Bethesda Producer Leaves After 16 Years; He Worked, i.a. on Skyrim and Fallout
Michal Ciezadlik, 27 August 2021, 13:41
Jeff Gardiner announced today that he is leaving Bethesda Game Studios. The developer worked for almost 16 years at the company, taking part in the development of such games as Fallout 76, Fallout 4 and TES: Skyrim.
Apex Legends' Lead Designer Laid Off for Blog Entries From 2007
Adrian Werner, 13 August 2021, 11:09
One of the main designers of Apex Legends has been fired. The reason is controversial posts he published fourteen years ago on a blog.
Diablo 4's Lead Level Designer Fired by Activision
Adrian Werner, 12 August 2021, 11:07
Activision has fired three experienced developers from Blizzard Entertainment, including the director of Diablo IV and the game's lead level designer. This is most likely related to the recent high-profile harassment and bullying scandal within the publisher's teams.
Blizzard CEO Steps Down; Successors Named
Michael Kulakowski, 03 August 2021, 19:16
J. Allen Brack, CEO of Blizzard Entertainment, has stepped down from his position and further work at the studio. At the same time, his two successors have already been appointed. They will share responsibilities and lead a team that is struggling to deal with extremely serious and well-documented allegations of harassment, discrimination and mobbing among employees.
Assassin's Creed Loses Another Veteran; Series' Art Director Leaves Ubisoft
Jacob Blazewicz, 21 July 2021, 20:55
Ubisoft parted ways with another developer who for many years worked on the success of Assassin's Creed. This time Raphael Lacoste, who for 16 years helped in the creation of subsequent installments of the series, has left the company.
Codemasters Bosses Leave Just Months After EA Accquisition
Jacob Blazewicz, 06 July 2021, 21:47
A few months following the purchase of Codemasters by EA, the British developer will lose its CEO and CFO - Frank Sagnier and Rashi Varachia will leave the company.
Sony Cleans Up After Japan Studio; Team Removed From List of Company-owned Studios
Przemyslaw Dygas, 06 July 2021, 11:30
Sony has ended the life of Japan Studio, and is now removing remaining traces of it. The team has disappeared from the list of developers working for the Japanese giant.