April 19, 2024

This 12 months has been stuffed with dangerous online game trade information. Layoffs each week. Hundreds of jobs minimize. Studios closing. It’s terrible stuff. So I’m right here to share some excellent news. Toys For Bob, the studio behind Crash Bandicoot 4 and the remastered Spyro assortment, is leaving Activision and changing into an impartial studio.

In a February 29 weblog put up on its official web site, studio heads Paul Yan and Avery Lodato introduced that Toys For Bob is being spun off into an impartial recreation growth studio.

“We consider that now’s the time to take the studio and our future video games to the subsequent stage,” defined Yan and Lodato within the put up. “This chance permits us to return to our roots of being a small and nimble studio.”

Additionally introduced within the weblog put up is the information that Toys For Bob is “exploring” a potential partnership with Microsoft. However don’t count on the studio’s subsequent recreation anytime quickly. Toys For Bob’s heads made it clear that it’s nonetheless “within the early days” of growing its subsequent recreation and are “a methods away” from asserting something about it.

“Our associates at Activision and Microsoft have been extraordinarily supportive of our new route and we’re assured that we’ll proceed to work carefully collectively as a part of our future,” mentioned Yan and Lodato. “So, hold your horns on and your eyes out for extra information. Thanks to our neighborhood of gamers for at all times supporting us via our journey. We are able to’t wait to share updates on our new journey as an indie studio!”

As a part of this transition, it seems that on-line social gathering platformer Crash Team Rumble will no longer be updated with new content material.

A 35-year-old studio will get to maintain on making video games

Toys For Bob was based in California in 1989 by Paul Reiche III and Fred Ford. The studio noticed success within the early ‘90s with the discharge of Star Management and its sequel, which are sometimes thought of a few of the greatest video games ever made. Since then, it has labored on quite a few video games, huge and small.

In 2005 it was purchased up by Activision, and in 2011 it launched the primary recreation within the in style toys-to-life sequence, Skylanders. Toys For Bob would proceed work on that sequence and would additionally remaster the primary three Spyro video games as properly develop a brand new entry within the beloved Crash Bandicoot sequence.

Nevertheless, by 2021, the studio was tasked with supporting Name of Responsibility, alongside each different developer owned by Activision. After Microsoft purchased Activision Blizzard in 2023 and introduced 1,900+ layoffs, Toys For Bob was hit arduous. The studio misplaced 89 individuals and its places of work in Novato, California had been closed.

Now, nonetheless, it appears Toys For Bob will get an opportunity to stay on. That’s one thing not each recreation studio as of late will get to do and I hope it really works out properly for the oldsters over there. We deserve excellent news greater than ever. I’ll take it.