Toys for Bob says goodbye to Xbox: the authors of Crash and Spyro go indie

The wave of layoffs that is overwhelming the video game industry is creating unexpected knock-on effects, such as Toys for Bob which decided to abandon the protective wing of Microsoft and Activision Blizzard to become completely independent.\r\nThe studio of recent Crash Bandicoot 4 (you can find it on Amazon) who also worked on content for Call of Duty Warzone and Crash Team Battle was in fact included in the 1900 jobs that were cut by Microsoft for the gaming division.\r\nAfter the news spread by the Redmond giant last January, part of a series of layoffs now impressive for the entire video game industry, concrete specifications of the results of these maneuvers had arrived.\r\nToys for Bob was in fact within the companies chosen by Microsoft for cuts, so much so that it decided to completely close its physical studios and work mainly remotely.\r\nAfter this close series of news, an update arrived directly from the developer, with an official note on the website where it communicates the desire to become independent again.\r\n”We are thrilled to announce that Toys for Bob is becoming an independent game development studio!”, declared the company at the beginning of the press release.\r\nWhat does this mean, in concrete terms ? Toys for Bob promises to “take the studio and our future games to the next level”, but with full control of the intellectual properties.\r\nHowever, the break with Microsoft does not seem definitive, as specified in the press release:\r\n\ r\n«To make this news even more exciting, we are exploring a possible partnership between our new studio and Microsoft. Our friends at Activision and Microsoft have been extremely supportive of our new direction and we are confident that we will continue to work closely together as part of our future.”\r\n\r\nIt was also rumored that following the acquisition of Xbox could be working on a new chapter of Banjo & Kazooie – rumors never confirmed, obviously – but after this latest report his fate appears increasingly in the balance.\r\nWe’ll see if this will also lead to the arrival of a new Spyro, which on some occasions was at the center of some rumors.\r\nThis news also reminds us of a similar maneuver that recently happened to Remedy, which regained control of… Control from the publisher 505 Games.

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