The company attributed the necessity for restructuring to "external factors" that have been impacting the industry.
Relic Entertainment, the developer behind Company of Heroes and Age of Empires IV, and its parent company Sega have announced that the studio has been hit by layoffs impacting 121 employees.
In a statement posted on Relic's Twitter account, the companies said that the "incredibly difficult" decision behind these job cuts is driven by "external factors" that are "challenging our industry more than ever," probably referencing the global economic conditions.
"Relic Entertainment and Sega Europe want to share the difficult news that our studio has been impacted by layoffs, affecting 121 employees," Relic and Sega Europe wrote. "This comes at a time when external factors are challenging our industry more than ever, and we made this decision to restructure our organization to ensure maximum focus is placed on our core franchises."
The recently announced layoffs have affected a significant number of employees at the studio, including concept artists, audio designers, and VFX designers. Over the years, the workers at Relic have developed a number of strategy games within the Company of Heroes, Homeworld, and Age of Empires franchises.
In their statement, Relic and Sega assured fans that they will continue "supporting and investing" in their titles, specifically mentioning their recently released game, Company of Heroes 3.
"We’re confident that following this necessary restructuring, Relic will be in a position of strength to continue delivering outstanding experiences to players all over the world," the companies said.
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