Mafia III developer Hangar 13 suffered a round of layoffs affecting the California-based studio today.
“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,” a company spokesperson said in an e-mail to Kotaku. “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.”
Though the publisher did not specify exactly how many employees were laid off, Kotaku believes it to be a significant proportion of Hangar 13’s staff.
According to a person familiar with the company, Hangar 13 has spent the last year prototyping as it tried to figure out its next project. One of the potential ideas which was discarded was supposedly a third-person action game with a “fight to music” system where your moves would create songs.
Mafia III, which released in 2016, was Hangar 13’s first game and was successful for publisher 2K, shipping to retailers over five million copies as of early 2017. With this latest news of layoffs, it remains to be seen how future projects at Hangar 13 will be affected.