Hanger 13, the studio under 2K which produced Mafia III, was hit with major layoffs today according to a statement from the publisher.
“2K can confirm that there have been staff reductions at Hangar 13 in order to ensure that the studio’s resources are properly aligned with its long-term development plans,” a representative told Kotaku. “These reductions will not influence 2K’s ability to create and deliver its products that are currently in development. We never take these matters lightly, and are working with the affected employees to support them and explore potential opportunities throughout our organization.”
While 2K did not specify the extent of the layoffs, sources tell Kotaku it was a “large proportion of Hangar 13’s staff.” The studio is apparently in the midst of prototyping for the next project. One recently discarded idea was a third-person action game where your moves would make songs, creating music as you fight.
Hangar 13 was founded in December 2014, led by former LucasArts creative director Haden Blackman. Mafia III has been their only title so far and last year they quietly merged with 2K Czech. The third entry in the Mafia series had been a reasonable success for 2K, even if the PC port took a few patches to get right.