Toys For Bob breaks from Microsoft and Activision Blizzard

Toys For Bob breaks from Microsoft and Activision Blizzard

Current Crash and Spyro developer Toys For Bob is spinning itself out of Activision Blizzard.

In a blog post from studio heads Paul Yan & Avery Lodato, the company said that it was becoming an independent studio. Though this means it will no longer be part of Microsoft's growing stable of game developers, Toys For Bob is in discussions with the Xbox giant for a "possible partnership".

"With the same enthusiasm and passion, we believe that now is the time to take the studio and our future games to the next level. This opportunity allows us to return to our roots of being a small and nimble studio," Yan and Lodato wrote.

"To make this news even more exciting, we’re exploring a possible partnership between our new studio and Microsoft. And while we’re in the early days of developing our next new game and a ways away from making any announcements, our team is excited to develop new stories, new characters, and new gameplay experiences.

"Our friends at Activision and Microsoft have been extremely supportive of our new direction and we’re confident that we will continue to work closely together as part of our future.

"So, keep your horns on and your eyes out for more news. Thank you to our community of players for always supporting us through our journey. We can't wait to share updates on our new adventure as an indie studio."


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