Motiga, the development studio behind upcoming Xbox One and Windows 10 title Gigantic, has hit another rough patch, announcing another round of employee layoffs. Motiga says that, while the layoffs are "temporary", they account for a "significant percentage" of the studio. Further, the layoffs may impact the currently ongoing closed beta test for Gigantic. From Motiga:
"It is with deep heartache that Motiga announces the temporary layoff of a significant percentage of our studio today. Our financial situation is such that we are unable to continue supporting the entirety of the studio at this time. Though we are in active and promising discussions with a number of potential investors, the timing for those negotiations extends beyond the resources we have to maintain the staffing required to continue development on Gigantic."
"While we intend to continue supporting Gigantic game services for as long as we are able, the reality is that a decision of this magnitude will impact all departments across the studio, an impact that will be felt by our community of beta testers as the services they depend on will operate without the key staff on hand to support those services."
This is the second round of layoffs we've seen Motiga make in recent months, as the studio cut 25 percent of its team in early December and announced that it had delayed the launch of the title until sometime in 2016. Today's news comes just days after Motiga dropped the NDA for the ongoing Gigantic closed beta, allowing testers to speak openly about the game and stream their gameplay.