Tales of Kenzera: Zau Developer Faces Massive Layoffs
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Tales of Kenzera: Zau Developer Faces Massive Layoffs

Jul 02, 2024 8:09 PM

Surgent Studios, the developer behind Tales of Kenzera: Zau, has announced a series of layoffs affecting just over a dozen employees. As shared via a statement on X/Twitter, the studio acknowledged the difficult times faced by the gaming industry and expressed immense pride in their team's accomplishments. Released in April 2024, Tales of Kenzera received positive feedback for its heartfelt narrative despite not being revolutionary in the Metroidvania genre. Abubakar Salim, the studio's founder, also expressed his sadness and support for the affected employees searching for new opportunities. This news arrives amid widespread layoffs across major companies in the gaming industry this year, marking 2024 as a particularly challenging time for game developers.

What impact do layoffs at gaming studios have on the development of current and future projects?n

Layoffs at gaming studios can significantly disrupt the development process of current and future projects. They can lead to delays, reduced quality, and even the abandonment of some projects. Additionally, layoffs can affect team morale and decrease overall productivity as remaining employees might face increased workloads and heightened job insecurity.

Tales of Kenzera: Zau, Surgent Studios' debut title, was released in April 2024 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. The game falls within the Metroidvania genre, which is known for its exploration-based gameplay inspired by series like Metroid and Castlevania. While not groundbreaking, Tales of Kenzera was praised for its moving storytelling, touching on themes of loss and coping, which resonated with both critics and players alike.

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