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Creative Assembly axes Hyenas, faces job cuts

Creative Assembly axes Hyenas, faces job cuts

Sega's Creative Assembly studio has killed development on the upcoming shooter Hyenas and has warned that redundancies are likely.

The news was announced by parent company Sega Sammyas spotted by Eurogamer – which informed investors that axing work on Hyenas was due to "lower profitability in the European region". Hyenas isn't the only game to be killed too – the Japanese games giant says that development on a number of unannounced titles has been stopped.

In a later post on Twitter, Creative Assembly said that job losses are one possible result of Hyenas being cut.

"We fully understand that this has a significant impact on our people whether they are directly affected or not - which we are truly sorry for," the studio wrote.

"We have always aimed to operate as a 'people-first' studio; that is foundational to our values and culture. While we must go through this incredibly difficult process, we will prioritise supporting our people at every step."

Creative Assembly says that it is trying to reallocate staff to other parts of the studio to minimise redundancies.

Hyenas was announced in June 2022. The title reportedly had a rather choppy development cycle, but made it to the open beta stage in September of this year. Very shortly after, the game's cancellation was announced.

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