007 Legends developer and long-standing licensed game contractor Eurocom laid off at least 150 employees as part of a wide-scale restructuring. GamesIndustry International reports the Derby, England-based studio will continue with only 50 staff, down from a workforce of more than 200.
"Eurocom are undertaking a restructuring which I regret to say has meant we've made the majority of our workforce redundant today," studio director Hugh Binns said in a statement last week. "We've fought to try and save as many jobs as possible, but the steep decline in demand for console games, culminating in a number of console projects falling through in the last week, left us with no option."
Binns said the studio, which was founded in 1988, plans to focus mainly on mobile games in the future. 007 Legends, its most recent published title, had a tepid critical reception both on Metacritic and in our own less-than-enthusiastic review.