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Layoffs have been reported at Toys for Bob, the developer behind Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time and the Spyro: Reignited Trilogy. They form part of the ongoing consolidation efforts necessitated by parent company Activision's acquisition by Microsoft, resulting in 1900 roles being made redundant. Some 86 workers have been let go, and the studio's office shuttered. Contrary to some earlier confusion, that's the physical address; Toys for Bob will remain active, and most remaining employees will now work remotely.

The San Francisco Chronicle broke the unhappy news (thanks, IGN), alerted by state filings. In California, employers must give a 60-day warning during mass layoffs. The Chronicle traced the listed addresses to determine the affected studio, using the same method last month to determine Call of Duty studio Sledgehammer Games, which lost some 76 employees as well.

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As always, our best wishes to those caught up in these corporate machinations, and we hope the horrible state of the industry subsides soon. Sadly, if we had to make an informed prediction, things are likely to get worse before they get better.

[source sfchronicle.com, via ign.com]