Things aren’t looking too healthy for Gigantic or its developer Motiga, as the latter has announced “the temporary layoff of a significant percentage of our studio”.
The word “temporary” there suggests that the studio haven’t yet given up hope, and indeed the statement declares they will “work aggressively to identify the resources we need to rehire.” It’s noted that Motiga are presently “in active and promising discussions with a number of potential investors”, but that the financial resources necessary to retain their desired number of staff have run out.
For the time being, Motiga “intend to continue supporting Gigantic game services for as long as we are able” but want people to be aware that “a decision of this magnitude will impact all departments across the studio”.
The game is currently in closed beta, but is also a Windows 10 exclusive.
“While the situation is far from ideal” Motiga write, “the sheer number of people that have enjoyed playing Gigantic has affirmed what we’ve believed all along: while we still have a lot of work to do to polish the experience for the players, the current closed beta version of our game introduces a legitimately fun gameplay experience with great promise for the future.”
Further updates are promised as the situation develops over the coming weeks.