It's always quite saddening to hear about developers losing their jobs. A reasonably grim reminder that video games aren't just fun and, er, games, layoffs tend to happen after a title's been completed - and that's what's happened with Avalanche Studios.
The developer has two offices - one in Sweden, and one in New York. Earlier this year, the Swedish side launched Mad Max on PlayStation 4, which by most accounts is a pretty enjoyable sandbox romp. Meanwhile, the studio's American arm is currently gearing up for the December release of Just Cause 3.
It was after Mad Max's completion that the European office began cutting staff, and just recently, more have lost their jobs in New York. A representative told GameInformer that "the transition between major projects is always challenging, especially for independent developers."
"In starting up our new projects, we were not able to perfectly match the team sizes and skill sets of the previous ones, and we unfortunately had to let some talented developers go. 12 developers were given notice in New York," the statement explains. "There was a similar number of notices given this summer in Stockholm, but right now we are in the process of rehiring some of those who left. We expect to keep hiring in the new year." Some good news there, at least.
Naturally, our sympathies are with those who have lost their positions.