Amazon Game Studios is apparently suffering layoffs and game cancelations

MMO New World appears to be 'safe' for now.

    
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Next week, we’ve got a piece coming in which one of my colleagues remarks that Amazon Game Studios’ greatest claim to fame right now is having not actually released any games in a finished state. When that was written, we certainly didn’t know that the studio was on the verge of reorganization that would see even more games deleted and more staff let go, but that’s the news breaking this afternoon: Kotaku reports that yesterday the company canceled multiple unannounced games and told “dozens” of employees they have two months to secure new positions at Amazon or be let go with severance.

As MMO players, you’re probably wondering about New World, which recently closed its alpha to go back to the drawing board for some big changes, in a move that echoed previously canceled AGS titles. However, it doesn’t necessarily sound as this week’s disasters are going to affect New World, as the company says it’s “prioritizing” development on that game.

“Amazon Game Studios is reorganizing some of our teams to allow us to prioritize development of New World, Crucible, and new unannounced projects we’re excited to reveal in the future,” Amazon’s statement reads. “These moves are the result of regular business planning cycles where we align resources to match evolving, long-range priorities. We’re working closely with all employees affected by these changes to assist them in finding new roles within Amazon. Amazon is deeply committed to games and continues to invest heavily in Amazon Game Studios, Twitch, Twitch Prime, AWS, our retail businesses, and other areas within Amazon.”

Our sympathies extend to the rank-and-file devs affected by this decision.

Source: Kotaku. Thanks, mistressbrazen.
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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Crowe

That is hilarious.

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rafael12104

Heh.

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Celestia

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Melissa McDonald

When you’re a game dev, and they shut down your game project, “other positions at Amazon” seems to ring a little hollow.

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Adam Russell

Amazon had other games besides New World?

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Fervor Bliss

Seems like the new trend. Make a game studio and never release a game.

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NeoWolf

Welcome to the New World Amazon.

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Jon Wax

Nobody wants to play hard games so really just dumb it down and dump it out

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mysecretid

All I can say, Bree, is that nothing Amazon Game Studios has communicated to the general public so far has made interested in playing one of their announced games.

I’m not saying that as a criticism, merely a statement of bland fact from my perspective.

I also realize that I am absolutely not “Every Gamer”. I don’t pretend that I’m even the desired target demographic.

All I’m saying is that what the game studio has released as general information about their upcoming games (I.e. not information I had to go Google searching for, or information that I had to actively pursue as a alpha tester behind an NDA), none of their general-release promotional material sparked my interest in any of their games.

And that’s all I’ve got — besides genuine best hopes and well-wishes for anyone laid off or otherwise out-of-work while Amazon Game Studios convulses.

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Crowe

Did they every dispel the NDA on New World?

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Bhagpuss Bhagpuss

Unfortunately not. If they had, I believe you’d see a very different tone to the comments in this thread, at least from those who’d been in the alpha.

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Randy Savage

I was in the alpha but I don’t really like those types of games to begin with. Although I will say it was an incredibly polished game for an alpha. Hopefully the revamp makes the combat more involving. If I wanted to play Skyrim survivor mode, I’d download a mod.

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Solaris

Agree.

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Crowe

Yes, I’d love to post my thoughts on it after having gotten in some play time. I’ll continue to wait.

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Does not check email

You missed nothing. At one point I was making grocery list on OneNote and forgot I was playing

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John Kiser

I do that with a ton of games to be fair even games I thoroughly enjoy playing as I’ll start doing other things, doing some work, or talk to others and get distracted.

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Skoryy

“We have no idea how to run a game studio, and now we have to compete with Epic too.”

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Denice J. Cook

I hope all affected parties land on their feet with as good or better positions soon.

Smed? Hey, Smed? You need a rez? ;)

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kjempff

if you give him a 0% rez he will un-ding

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cykelbud

“right now is having not actually released any games in a finished state”

google info for The Grand Tour Game:
Initial release date: January 15, 2019
Developer: Amazon Game Studios
Engine: Amazon Lumberyard
Genre: Racing video game
Publisher: Amazon Game Studios
Platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4