Hidden Path Entertainment, known for developing Defense Grid and Brass Tactics, recently had to make staff reductions due to the inability to secure funding for an undisclosed RPG project. The studio, based in Washington, is currently working on a Dungeons & Dragons RPG, although it has not been confirmed if this is the project in question.
In an announcement on Linkedin, Michael Austin, the founder and creative director of Hidden Path, revealed that 44 employees have been let go. Austin explained that despite actively seeking replacement funding for their RPG project for over six months, they had to halt development and downsize the company due to the challenging financial environment.
The affected employees, who have been integral to various projects, were unfortunately released from the studio. Hidden Path is committed to assisting those impacted and has shared a document showcasing the skills and accomplishments of the affected individuals.
Established in 2006, Hidden Path has a history of working on successful games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Age of Empires II: HD Edition. The workforce reductions at Hidden Path are part of a larger trend in the game industry, with major companies such as Unity, Microsoft, Embracer, Sega, and 2K Games also cutting jobs in recent months.
The industry has seen a significant wave of layoffs in 2023 and 2024, highlighting the challenges faced by game developers and publishers. Despite these setbacks, the gaming community continues to adapt and evolve in response to the changing landscape.
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