CD Projekt Crimson (CDPR), the online game studio behind franchises like The Witcher and Cyberpunk, is shedding “roughly” 9 % of its employees, in line with a Wednesday weblog publish. That quantity interprets to round 100 folks.
“There’s no simple option to say this, however right now we’re overstaffed,” CEO Adam Kiciński wrote within the publish. “We have now gifted folks on board who’re ending their duties and — based mostly on present and anticipated mission wants — we already know we don’t produce other alternatives for them within the subsequent yr.”
“To fulfill our personal excessive expectations and ambitions to create the perfect role-playing video games, we not solely wish to have the greatest folks but additionally the proper groups,” Kiciński wrote. “What we imply by that’s having groups which are constructed round our initiatives’ wants; groups which are extra agile and more practical.” Not all the layoffs are occurring directly; Kiciński mentioned some will probably be laid off “as late as Q1 2024.”
CDPR got here below heavy scrutiny for instituting six-day workweeks near the discharge of Cyberpunk 2077, which nonetheless didn’t forestall the sport from launching in an especially buggy state. The studio has since made inner adjustments as a part of “an ongoing technique of a number of deep transformations inside the studio which we take into account key to creating high quality video games, on time and with out crunch,” Kiciński mentioned.