Black Forest Games, the developer behind the recent Destroy All Humans! remakes and the upcoming TMNT: The Last Ronin, has reportedly lost half its employees following a round of layoffs. A headcount in 2023 suggested the team had 110 staff members, meaning it could be down to roughly 55 workers after the cuts. Speaking with Kotaku, it's claimed creative directors and most "if not all" managers will be keeping their jobs.
This is just the latest report of developer layoffs in the industry, with other setbacks at Outriders developer People Can Fly, streaming website Twitch, and game engine company Unity. A GDC report claims 35 per cent of game studios have been affected by layoffs during the past year, with Kotaku reporting over 3,900 employees have lost their jobs since the start of 2024 alone.
Having successfully remade the first two Destroy All Humans! games for PS5 and PS4, developer Black Forest Games set its sights on a new, original game set in the TMNT universe that's a follow-up to the recent movie, named The Last Ronin. Upon the announcement, it was said the game will be out this year. However, this round of layoffs will likely push the project back.