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CI Games announces layoffs despite Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 hitting 1m units

CI Games announces layoffs despite Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 hitting 1m units

Polish games firm CI has revealed that its 2017 release Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 had sold more than one million copies, but has revealed it has downsized the studio.

In a blog post on the company's site, CEO Marek Tyminski said that the project was "relatively successful" despite a "middling media reception". Furthermore, the studio was profitable. 

The exec says that laying off staff was the best way for the company to move forward, but said that the decision was not an easy one.

“The decision to downsize the studio was the toughest decision I have taken over the past years—it is never easy to let go of friends and colleagues with whom we’ve worked for years–however I truly believe that it was the best way to move forward," Tyminski said.

"Quality is not only extremely important to our upcoming tactical shooter, but it is important to every game we will bring to the market. The difficulties we faced during the development and launch of Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 were major lessons for us. We now believe in smaller and leaner development teams when it comes to succeeding in this very competitive industry. At the same time we are proud of our team’s efforts and we sincerely want to thank everyone who was part of the journey of developing SGW3, as without them we could not have even attempted to deliver a triple-A-caliber game to players around the world across three platforms.”

Furthermore, CI says work is continuing on a sequel to Lords of the Fallen and is looking for a publishing partner. The first game came out in 2014 with Square Enix handling release duties.

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