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Report: 3D Realms and Slipgate may have been hit with more layoffs

Three days into the new year, and 3D Realms and Slipgate may have already laid off more staff following cuts at the end of 2023.

Justin Carter, Contributing Editor

January 3, 2024

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At a Glance

  • 3D Realms and Slipgate's layoffs are the first round of cuts in 2024, and may be a continuation of their layoffs in December.

More layoffs have fallen on developers Slipgate Ironworks and 3D Realms. Ex-staff have confirmed on social media that they've been let go as part of mass layoffs.

At time of writing, it's unclear if this new round of reductions are wholly new or continuing on from the ones that took place in mid-December.

"Incredibly sad, another BIG axing of devs at Danish 3D Realms/Slipgate this morning," wrote 3D Realms founder Scott Miller. He added the studios' two upcoming projects, Core Decay and Combustion, are "on hold."

However, Miller noted Core Decay's lead developer was let go, which may indicate both are now canceled. The status of other projects like Tempest Rising and Phantom Fury are currently unknown.

3D Realms/Slipgate has been an Embracer subsidiary since 2021. Throughout 2023, the publisher laid off or shuttered a number of studios it acquired in recent years, including Volition and Free Radical.

Last year saw over 10,000 workers across the game industry get laid off. Three days into the year, this is the first round of cuts for 2024.

Game Developer reached out to Embracer for clarification on 3D Realms/Slipgate's newest layoffs, and will update this story when a response is given.

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Justin Carter

Contributing Editor, GameDeveloper.com

A Kansas City, MO native, Justin Carter has written for numerous sites including IGN, Polygon, and SyFy Wire. In addition to Game Developer, his writing can be found at io9 over on Gizmodo. Don't ask him about how much gum he's had, because the answer will be more than he's willing to admit.

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