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People Can Fly Reduces Workforce By Over 30 People

People Can Fly, the studio behind Outriders and Bulletstorm, has laid off more than 30 people.

Per Kotaku, development director Adam Alker sent a notice to the studio. Layoffs affect those working on Project Gemini, an unannounced title being worked on for Square Enix. The layoff happened due to budget restrictions and scope shrink. An additional 20 employees were cut from the project but have returned to People Can Fly.

“We understand that this decision impacts each of you, and we want to express our gratitude for your hard work, dedication, and contributions thus far,” said Alker in the internal memo. “To those individuals transitioning out of the studio due to these changes, we extend our sincere appreciation for the skills and expertise you brought to the team. We will keep our fingers crossed for your next steps in game dev and offer all our support.”

People Can Fly’s latest game was Outriders, a third-person shooter that didn’t financially perform, according to Square Enix. Also, the studio has faced several hurdles over the years, including Take-Two Interactive cancelling Project Dagger.

According to existing contracts, Polish employees receive a three-month transition period and will continue to work. Those from outside the country did not receive the same transition and will be let go by the end of the week.