Despite a positive announcement from Toys for Bob about working on Call Of Duty, comments from now former staff paint a different picture.
After Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, many were hoping that developer Toys for Bob would also revive the Spyro series with a new game. Instead, it will become another of Activision’s studios helping to support development on Call Of Duty: Warzone.
Toys for Bob itself made the announcement via Twitter, writing that it ‘is proud to support development for Season 3 of Call of Duty: Warzone, and look forward to more to come.’
While the account obviously portrays the news positively, it sounds like the decision has led to several staff members leaving the studio. Nicholas Kole, a character designer and illustrator who worked on both Crash Bandicoot 4 and Spyro Reignited Trilogy, retweeted the news and called it ‘the end of an era.’
He added later that, while the studio itself is still active, everyone he worked alongside with has been let go.
The concerns aren’t completely unfounded. Earlier this year, Activision announced that Vicarious Visions (the studio behind the Crash N. Sane Trilogy and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater remakes) had been merged into Blizzard and will now only help to work on Blizzard’s own games.
Whether the same fate will befall Toys For Bob is hard to say at the moment but given how much money the Call Of Duty franchise makes, and how long Activision intends to keep supporting Warzone, it’s looking likely that the company wants all possible hands on deck to keep the franchise as profitable as it can be.
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