Volition, the studio behind the Saints Row series, has reportedly reduced its staff from 200 to 170 just one month after launching its latest game, Agents of Mayhem.
Multiple sources speaking to Kotaku reported that the studio has laid off 30 employees, including Volition general manager Dan Cermak. The layoffs were, according to those same sources, parent company Deep Silver’s response to unsatisfactory sales of Agents of Mayhem.
These reports are corroborated by a number of Volition staffers who took to social media today to confirm they've been laid off. As always, if you or someone you know has been affected by these layoffs, you can email Gamasutra to share your story confidentially.
As a developer, Volition first got its start in 1996 and was picked up by Deep Silver after the developer’s previous parent company, THQ, filed for bankruptcy in 2013. The studio is notably to thank for the Red Faction and Saints Row games. While still a spinoff of the series, Agents of Mayhem was also the first non-Saints Row game the studio had released since 2011.