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UK developer 22cans – the studio responsible for the Switch eShop title The Trail: Frontier Challenge – has been hit with layoffs, GamesIndustry.biz reports.

Founded in 2012 by Populous and Fable creator Peter Molyneux, 22cans has produced four games so far, including Curiosity: What's Inside the Cube? and Godus. Multiple employees have been made redundant, but the precise number is not known.

Speaking to GI.biz, a spokesperson said:

Unfortunately, due to a number of factors including projects reaching a certain stage in their development, we can confirm that a number of roles at 22cans have been made redundant. Development at the studio is continuing, however.

GI.biz also reports that it has heard 22cans will offer some support to those impacted when it comes to finding other employment.

22cans is currently working on Legacy, and Molyneux has previously stated his desire to bring the game to Switch:

I would absolutely say that there is a really strong chance of it going onto Switch, but there are two gates that can stop that happening. The first is you have to get permission from Nintendo, that’s one gate. And the other gate is, are we, as a company, passionate about putting it on Switch? I would absolutely say yes to that, because Nintendo – of all three consoles – it appeals to the audience that I find most fascinating. Those are the people that perhaps haven’t been gaming for decades – although I love those people as well – they’re people who would love to play computer games but find them inaccessible, and I find that absolutely fascinating. So yes, absolutely.

We spoke to Molyneux about his career a while back, if you fancy something to read this morning.

[source gamesindustry.biz]