It’s been over a year since the last round of layoffs at Gigantic developer Motiga. It seemed like things were better now, following a publishing deal with Perfect World Entertainment and a seemingly successful beta.
Not so much. Destructiod is reporting that Motiga has laid off 15 of its 82 staff members, mostly on the business and operations aspects of the game. According to CEO Chris Chung, the layoffs won’t affect the game’s launch on Perfect World’s Arc System, scheduled for the second half of 2017.
If there’s any positive spin to be placed on the news, it makes some sense that redundancies would occur when a company goes from self-publishing to having a publishing partner, as was the case with Motiga and Perfect World. And one outgoing employee told Destructoid that “I feel that the product itself is in a good state.”
Finally, 15 out of 82 people certainly doesn’t count as “almost everyone,” as was the case with Motiga’s layoffs in late 2015 and early 2016. Still, we wish the best of luck to those impacted by the layoffs.