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Warframe Developer Digital Extremes Layoffs Over 30 Employees, Shutters Publishing Arm

Ownership of published title, Wayfinder transferred over to developer, Airship Syndicate

It feels like the rate of layoffs news is getting faster, as the developer behind Warframe, Digital Extremes, is dealing with layoffs as more than 30 people are affected, according to Polygon via Digital Extremes confirmation with the outlet. The people who were let go were seemingly part of the company’s publishing arm, which was confirmed to “cease operations.”

The ones who were let go learned of their unexpected departure yesterday morning during a meeting, and the move comes after the company’s new CEO and former Warframe creative director, Steve Sinclair, was put in the position last month. As for Digital Extremes’ future in the publishing space, that’s up in the air as the company gathers up its resources to focus internally, possibly more so on internal rather than external projects in the future.

“We can confirm we have made the difficult decision to cease operations of our external projects division. We have had to say goodbye to a number of hardworking and highly valuable team members as a result,” a Digital Extremes representative told Polygon.

Speaking of external projects, one title that the company published was Wayfinder, which launched in early access on PC and PlayStation consoles back in August. Digital Extremes announced it would no longer publish the title in a defunding-like move, following that the company is transferring full IP ownership of the title to the game’s developer, Airship Syndicate. In a statement on Twitter, the Wayfinder developer stated that it plans to continue development on the title.

“We look forward to continuing to grow the game alongside our players as we take on operations. The game has a long way to go in Early Access, but with belief from our players and our dedicated Airship crew, we can — and will! — get there,” Watfinder‘s Twitter account said in a tweet.