Hangar 13, the development studio famed for the Mafia series, has recently suffered yet another round of staff layoffs.
As reported by Kotaku, the studio, which is spread across three locations, is set to lose another 50 members of staff. This follows the recent resignation of studio head Haden Blackman, as well as other job losses at the end of last year. It was around that time that publisher 2K cancelled the team's major new game, reportedly a co-op shooter codenamed Volt.
When Mafia III shipped in 2016, Hangar 13 consisted of around 200 employees; following these new layoffs, the headcount will be around 40. Those that are staying on will reportedly be working on a new Mafia game — rumoured to be a prequel — as well as a revival of the Top Spin tennis franchise, according to Kotaku.
In a statement on the layoffs, 2K assures it's "fully committed to the future of Hangar 13 as the studio navigates a challenging but ultimately promising transition period". The publisher says it will be helping "impacted employees to find them new roles on other projects and teams at 2K, and are providing full support to those who cannot be redeployed, connecting them with industry networks and resources to find new opportunities outside of 2K".
We'd like to wish all those affected by the layoffs all the best in what has clearly been a tumultuous time.