Toys for Bob, the team behind beloved games Crash Bandicoot and Spyro, has faced significant layoffs. Microsoft, the current owner, has decided to close the studio’s physical office.

This move comes after 86 employees were let go, pushing the company to switch to remote work. Despite these changes, the future of Toys for Bob remains uncertain.

The studio, known for its successful titles like the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Spyro Reignited Trilogy, and Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, has received much praise in the past. However, their recent project, Crash Team Rumble, did not meet the same level of success.

These layoffs are part of a more significant trend, as Microsoft announced 1,900 job cuts after acquiring Activision Blizzard. Sledgehammer Games, another developer under the Activision Blizzard umbrella, also saw a reduction in its workforce, losing 76 employees.

Toys for Bob, established in 1989 and acquired by Activision in 2005, has significantly impacted the gaming industry with its Skylanders series and contributions to the Call of Duty franchise.

Yet, the transition to a support role for Call of Duty in 2021 marks a shift from its original creative endeavors.

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The gaming community is watching closely to see how these changes will affect the future of Toys for Bob and its beloved game franchises.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle