Toys For Bob, developers of Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time are now working on Call of Duty Warzone and that’s not a good thing.
Sure we know there are a lot of Warzone fans out there, and the tone of the announcement is certainly upbeat.
“Toys for Bob is proud to support development for Season 3 of Call of Duty Warzone and look forward to more to come”, it reads. Maybe they’re just helping out, before going on to work on a sequel to Spyro Reignited? That’s a possibility but it’s more likely that Toys for Bob, acquired by Warzone publisher Activison Blizzard in 2005, has been demoted to a support studio. If permanent, this means the studio will working to support games from other studios, instead of developing their own titles.
It wouldn’t be the first time it’s happened, either. Activision Blizzard previously did the same to Vicarious Visions, turning them into a Blizzard support studio. It’s possible that Activision weren’t happy with Crash Bandicoot 4’s sales figures, but there’s been no reason given for Toys for Bob’s relegation.
There have been rumours of layoffs, but Activision Blizzard has denied these. One former Toys For Bob developer confirmed they’ve parted ways with Toys For Bob, but that they left amicably. That said, Activison Blizzard has shown they’re not shy about laying off staff en-mass.
I want to clarify that no-one was laid off at Toys for Bob. Anyone who has left has done so on good terms.
— Blake the Non-Binary Robot (@nonbinary_robot) April 30, 2021
To anyone who has left Toys for Bob, we hope you land on your feet. Who knows, maybe this is a temporary move and Toys for Bob will regain their solo studio status, but we wouldn’t count on it.