After restarting development on the upcoming Witcher multiplayer spinoff game, developer The Molasses Flood has been hit with layoffs.
“Because [Project Sirius] changed, so has the composition of the team that’s working on it–mainly on The Molasses Flood’s side,” a CD Projekt Red spokesperson said in a statement provided to Kotaku. “The concrete number of employees we parted ways with is 21 team members in the US and eight in Poland (working on the project outside of the US).”
Last week, CD Projekt Red announced that Project Sirius had a “new framework” after restarting development. Before that, there were concerns that CD Projekt Red had canceled the project outright after the company filed something to write off assets, but the company made it clear that the game would continue.
CD Projekt Red president and joint CEO of CD Projekt Adam Kiciński explained that the reason for the restructure was to ensure that the studio did not “carry on with projects that [CDPR] is not aligned with.”
While Project Sirius has had a troubled development, it is not the only Witcher game currently in development. Last October, Project Sirius, along with two other Witcher games, were announced, including Project Polaris, which is said to be the “next installment in The Witcher series of games.” There are also plans to release two more games to make a new trilogy.
Additionally, CDPR announced it was working with Fool’s Theory to remake the first Witcher game using Unreal Engine 5.
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