Just a few days ago, developer Eurocom confirmed that they were affected by layoffs due to certain changing circumstances. The studio will be reducing its workforce from 150 to just 50, according to a statement from studio director Hugh Binns.
"Eurocom are undertaking a restructuring which I regret to say has meant we've made the majority of our workforce redundant today," he said. "This includes many very experienced, talented and highly skilled employees, and we'd like to thank them all for your hard work and efforts."
"We've fought to try and save as many jobs as possible, but the steep decline in demand for console games, culminating in a number of console projects falling through in the last week, left us with no option."
Binn went on to state that the studio would refocus its efforts mainly on mobile game development with its 50 remaining employees going forward. The specific cause of this drastic change was not discussed, but it isn't hard to connect the dots.
Eurocom, mostly known for their work on the last couple 007 games, had recently finished up work on 007 Legends earlier in the Fall, but the game was widely panned in reviews (including our own) upon its release. It's possible that the "number of console projects that fell through" in the last week for Eurocom (that Brinn mentioned) could be attributed to the failure of 007 Legends; but for now, that remains pure conjecture.
Whatever the reason may be for the job losses, Game Podunk wishes the best to those who were affected and a speedy recovery.