Mafia III Developer Hangar 13 hit with layoffs – 2K Confirms

Mafia III Developer Hangar 13 has been hit with layoffs

Mafia III Developer Hangar 13 hit with layoffs – 2K Confirms

Mafia III has a difficult launch, particularly on the PC platform where the title was extremely hard to run at high framerates on even the day’s most powerful GPU hardware (Mafia III PC Performance Review here). On launch day the PC version also shipped with a 30FPS framerate cap. 

While these performance issues were a significant setback, it was undeniable that Mafia III was financially successful game for both Hangar 13 and their publisher 2K, shipping over 5 million copies to retailers. 

The publisher 2K has confirmed reports that there have been layoffs at Hangar 13, though the publisher has stated that they are working with affected employees to find them work elsewhere within 2K. At this time it is unknown how many developers have been laid off, though Kotaku has stated that it is a large portion of the developer employees after speaking with Hangar 13 staff. 

Right now Hangar 13 is reportedly prototyping to find their next big game project, which means that the company hasn’t committed to a new game project. 

Below is a comment from 2K games regarding these layoffs.  
 

      2K can confirm that there have been staff reductions at Hangar 13 in order to ensure that the studio’s resources are properly aligned with its long-term development plans,

These reductions will not influence 2K’s ability to create and deliver its products that are currently in development. We never take these matters lightly, and are working with the affected employees to support them and explore potential opportunities throughout our organization.  

Mafia III Developer Hangar 13 has been hit with layoffs

 

At this time Hangar 13’s future remains unclear, especially given their apparent lack of a major game project. It is likely that the Hangar 13 will become a satellite developer for 2K, assisting other developers with their games when required.    

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