2019 isn’t off to a great start for Iron Tiger Studios as NCSoft lays off staff just a few days into the year. The staff were working on an unannounced project that was started a few years ago. The studio was opened in 2015 with the intention of adapting already existing NCSoft IPs to mobile while also developing new games.
At the time the studio was announced the plan was to have 3 development teams as well as a publishing group. They also intended to have more than 100 employees. How many of those employees were let go during the layoff weren’t announced, but a spokesperson for NCSoft told VentureBeat that the studio would remain open and continue to publish games like Aion: Legions of War. They also said, “I can confirm that NCSoft is reshaping Iron Tiger Studios and is in the process of transitioning development to a third-party for a mobile title.” So, from the sounds of it, they won’t be developing that new unannounced game anymore, but it isn’t dead either. It will be developed by someone else, though who that will be isn’t said.
There isn’t a whole lot of information to go on for this story as you can see. An unannounced game isn’t going to be developed by this California studio that is a branch of NCSoft, but it is still getting developed and an undisclosed number of people were laid off because of this. There will obviously be more to this story in the future when the game gets announced. However, it might get announced without us outside the studio knowing that it is this mysterious, unannounced game. We will, of course, continue to follow this story, just in case something more comes of it.
For now, we hope that those impacted by the layoffs land on their feet quickly.