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Layoffs looking likely at SkySaga maker Radiant Worlds

Layoffs looking likely at SkySaga maker Radiant Worlds

The future of Radiant Worlds is looking unclear following the firm’s game SkySaga: Infinite Isles being put on ice.

The creative sandbox and adventure release has been put on hold for an ‘unknown period of time’ by its publishing partner, Korean firm Smilegate.

Due to the fact this is Radiant Worlds’ only release, the studio now has regular no source of incoming and thus all staff have been put on consultation.

“We were extremely shocked and saddened to hear Smilegate's decision,” CEO Philip Oliver said.

“Despite an extended period of negotiation, this came as a total shock to us, especially as we continue to believe the game has enormous potential. We have been 100 per cent dedicated to developing SkySaga for Smilegate for several years but since there is no prospect of obtaining enough replacement business within a realistic timeframe, we have been left with no option but to notify our staff of the intended consultancy period today.”

Chair and COO Richard Smithies added: “We are all devastated at Smilegate’s decision but I can confirm that Radiant Worlds is in a strong financial position and has the ability to meet all of our statutory and contractual obligations to all staff and external suppliers. This is not an insolvency situation and we are totally committed to doing whatever we can to support everyone involved."

Meanwhile, CTO Andrew Oliver said: “Andrew Oliver, CTO: “This is a terribly sad outcome after a fantastic four years of working on this amazing game. We are incredibly proud of what the whole studio has created, and it's hugely disappointing to us that none of them will get to follow up on that work and see the game through to a full commercial release, as they all deserve.”

Our thoughts are with the entire team. 


PCGamesInsider Contributing Editor

Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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