Crash Bandicoot Developer Toys for Bob Hit With Layoffs

Toys for Bob is the latest Microsoft owned studio to be hit with layoffs. According to state filings obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle, 86 employees will be let go, and the company's headquarters will be closing. In a 2021 article from Game Rant, the studio's size was estimated to be 180 employees. Seasoned Gaming editor-in-chief Ains has confirmed on Twitter that the studio will not be closing down; instead it seems that the rest of the employee's will be transitioning to remote work. Toys for Bob was acquired by Microsoft as part of the Activision Blizzard acquisition last year. The studio was founded in 1989, and was owned first by Crystal Dynamics, before becoming part of Activision Blizzard in 2005. There, the studio created the highly-successful Skylanders franchise, which featured Spyro the Dragon in a key role and also utilized Crash Bandicoot. As the toys-to-life bubble burst, Toys for Bob continued to work with both Spyro and Crash, most notably in Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time. Over the last few years, Activision Blizzard had been increasingly leaning on Toys for Bob as a support studio for the Call of Duty franchise. When Activision Blizzard's acquisition by Microsoft was first announced, it led to many fans hoping that Toys for Bob would end up developing a new entry in the Banjo-Kazooie series. At this time, it's unclear what will come next for the developer.


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