Last year was an exciting and busy time for Playful Studios, with the release of New Super Lucky's Tale on the Nintendo Switch. Unfortunately, though, we're sad to report the company has had to lay off a portion of full-time staff, effective immediately.
In an open message on the Playful's website, founders Paul Bettner and Katy Drake Bettner said it was an "incredibly difficult" decision to make and explained how they were "truly heartbroken" to be parting ways with their friends and colleagues.
These are people who have poured their hearts into every game Playful has created, who have supported us and each other every step of the way, and have truly made this studio what it is today.
The studio will be working closely with each person affected and reflected on the incredible opportunities it had been given over the years to collaborate with some of the most talented developers and create unique and beloved IP.
We’ve created and shipped multiple titles on a range of platforms to millions of players worldwide, and we are incredibly proud of the work our teams have accomplished along the way. During this time we have taken significant risks to grow our studio, we’ve dared to dream big, and we’ve worked hard to pursue these amazing opportunities together with our friends.
The founders say Playful will evolve its approach to development and production and will be pivoting more towards a streamlined production model:
Continued changes in the global video game marketplace require Playful to evolve its approach to the development and production of our current and future projects. The studio will be pivoting to a more streamlined production model based on distributed game development and dynamic, project-based teams.
On behalf of the community here at Nintendo Life, our thoughts go out to everyone personally affected by this news.