UPDATE March 2: Hardsuit Labs statement on the recent layoffs.
Former Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 developer Hardsuit Labs has been hit with layoffs affecting its entire narrative team as well as other members.
The layoffs come after publisher Paradox Interactive announced last week that Hardsuit Labs would no longer lead development for Bloodlines 2.
"I'm heartbroken to announce that I've been laid off from my position as a narrative designer at Hardsuit Labs - alongside the rest of the narrative department (and many others). All four of us are seeking new opportunities," Narrative Designer Anna Webster said on Twitter.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2's troubled development is no secret to anyone at this point. The RPG was delayed indefinitely last week as pre-orders were halted. Publisher Paradox Interactive has yet to announce the name of the new developer.
Hardsuit Labs has provided us with the following statement:
"We can confirm that Hardsuit Labs recently experienced layoffs. While we worked hard to source some great work opportunities for the studio to move forward with, we were unable to provide work for a small number of individuals and thus made the difficult decision to part ways. This decision was not made lightly and was done so only after we felt we had exhausted the opportunities to avoid such a layoff."
"For the affected team members, with their permission, we are reaching out to partners and fellow studios in hopes that we can assist in placing our former colleagues with new opportunities. We sincerely wish the very best to our former colleagues and thank them for their contributions to the studio and our projects during their time here."
"Hardsuit Labs continues to move forward with existing and new opportunities, as well as current work on several yet unannounced projects. We look forward to sharing additional information on these games when we can in the future."
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