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Niantic cancels four games, including Transformers title

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Overall, four projects have been shelved.

What you must understand

  • Four of Niantic’s planned projects, including the Heavy Metal: Transformers-based game, have been shelved.
  • Additionally, the corporation will eliminate between 85 and 90 employees, or around 8% of its workforce.
  • Niantic made the decision as it faces “a time of economic instability” and seeks to keep its business operations as lean as possible.

The makers of the popular game Pokémon Go, Niantic, have apparently decided to axe 85 to 90 jobs from their staff and have canceled four of their planned titles.

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John Hanke, the chief executive officer of Niantic, reportedly told Bloomberg in an email that the company was “facing a time of economic uncertainty” and had already started looking for ways to cut expenses across the board. Hanke pointed out that in order to “better prepare the company to weather any economic storms that may lie ahead,” the corporation needed to “further streamline our processes.”

Heavy Metal, a game based on the Transformers franchise that was unveiled last year, and Hamlet, a partnership between Niantic and the theatre company Punchdrunk, which created the interactive experience Sleep No More, are two of the four projects that were scrapped.

It’s unclear what exactly Blue Sky and Snowball were going to be when they were shelved, along with two additional games.

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A spokesperson for Niantic responded to the story by confirming it and announcing that they will be “approximately 8%” cutting their headcount.

A spokeswoman added, “We recently decided to halt production on various projects and cut our workforce by around 8% to focus on our critical goals.” “We appreciate the contributions made by people departing Niantic, and we are helping them through this challenging transition,” the statement reads.

Niantic has struggled to come up with new popular games since releasing Pokémon Go in 2016, and last year the business also stopped development on its Catan: World Explorers and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite games.

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Niantic is still working on a number of titles, including NBA All-World, which was just revealed in collaboration with the National Basketball Association, and the upcoming Pikmin Bloom.

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