05 Mar 2024

Everywhere studio, rival to GTA 6, faces wave of layoffs

Leslie Benzies, former president of Rockstar North and producer responsible for games such as GTA e Red Dead Redemptionleft the company in 2016. Two years later, in 2018, the executive founded his own studio, Build a Rocket Boy, which is currently facing a wave of mass layoffs.

In a statement sent to PCGamesNBuild a Rocket Boy confirmed that the layoffs were announced internally last Monday (19) in several departments of the company — such as publishing, quality control and art teams.

“While we have made great progress in developing our products, we are now in a position where we need to make changes to the way we work across our business in order to become a more agile studio and meet the requirements that our projects demand.” , a spokesperson for the developer explained to the vehicle.

Leslie Benzies, former president of Rockstar North and producer of several games in the GTA franchise.Source: GTA Wiki

“To achieve this and refocus our coordination, we have taken an extremely difficult decision to propose the removal of a number of roles globally. This process is ongoing and we are working with those affected at this difficult and challenging time,” the statement concluded. from Build a Rocket Boy.

Currently, the studio has three branches around the world — one in Edinburgh, another in Budapest and the last in Montpellier, France. According to sources from the PCGamesNlayoffs affected all three verticals.

Build a Rocket Boy currently has two projects underway

Currently, the former Rockstar’s studio has two projects underway: Everywhere e Mindseye.

Everywhere promises to deliver an immersive experience, with beautiful graphics and a universe that will allow the player to be whoever they want in “multiple worlds that mix the limits of reality and the digital”. Apparently, it’s a cooperative shooter with a focus on user-generated content in a sort of “Roblox for adults”.

The other project, Mindseyenot many details have yet been revealed, but it has already been confirmed that it is a science fiction game with an art style more centered on photorealism and a strong focus on the story.

In the short teaser shared by the studio (which can be seen at the link above), the main character talks about a technology called Mindseye, which “destroyed his life.”

Mindseye teaser dinner.Source: Build a Rocket Boy (X)

According to Build a Rocket Boy, Mindseye is “a AAA, story-driven action-adventure game set in a world of futuristic corporations, conspiracy theories, and sinister new technologies.”

Despite being separate games, each with their own stories, the studio claims that Mindseye will be made available within the ecosystem of Everywhere — which further strengthens the idea that it is a Roblox for adults.

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