The Wayfinder Publisher Digital Extremes has laid off more than 30 people, the company has confirmed. The layoffs focused on the company’s external projects and publishing groups, which ran the Airship Syndicate. The Wayfinder. Employees were pulled into small meetings on Thursday and immediately lost access to company accounts. The layoffs come after Digital Extremes, which was released by Warframe in 2013, he replaced founder James Schmalz with the former Warframe creative director Steve Sinclair as the new CEO in October.
The future of Digital Extremes publishing games like The Wayfinder is not clear. Digital Extremes is looking to focus its resources internally and will cease supporting The Wayfinder. It will transfer full ownership in the next few months to developer Airship Syndicate, a Digital Extremes representative told Polygon. MMO action The Wayfinder was released in early access on Aug. 17 to mixed reviews, originally supported by both Airship Syndicate and Digital Extremes.
“We can confirm that we have made the difficult decision to suspend the operation of our external projects division,” a Digital Extremes representative told Polygon. “We have had to say goodbye to a number of hard-working and very important team members as a result.”
Digital Extremes had a Warframe The Twitch stream is scheduled for Thursday, which has been postponed. On LinkedIn, the company said it needs to be “100% inclusive” of its internal projects, just like him Warframe again The Soulframemeet the goals. The Wayfinder Airship Syndicate engineer wrote on X, previously Twitter, that “there are no plans” to stop developing its game. “We look forward to continuing to grow the game alongside our players as we work,” the document reads. “The game has a long way to go in Early Access, but with the belief of our players and our dedicated Airship team, we can – and we will! – get there.”
Another Digital Extremes employee who was laid off told Polygon that Digital Extremes was their dream job. They said: “I have a stomach ache.” “I don’t know how I’m going to pay the rent.” They said many of the affected people had just been employed in the past three months.
If it sounds like video game studios are cutting jobs every few days, that’s because they are – in the past few weeks, hundreds of people have been laid off across the industry. On Tuesday, there were about 100 people at Ubisoft. Before that, Destiny 2 developer Bungie had gone through layoffs. At the end of September, Epic Games cut 16% of its workforce, leaving more than 800 people out of a job. A gaming industry layoff tracking website listed more than 6,000 jobs lost this year alone.