The Canadian indie studio Cut to Bits has bid farewell to most of its employees. This was announced on social media by its co-founder and general manager Masao Kobayashi, who was also among those laid off.

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According to Kobayashi, the studio had to implement layoffs due to financial reasons, although he did not specify what those were.

Kobayashi also shared a list of Cut to Bits employees who are now out of work and urged other gaming companies to review their resumes.

Cut to Bits was launched in 2019 by veterans of Ubisoft. The studio released its debut game just a month ago; on May 22, 2024, a Victorian-style metroidvania titled Venture to the Vile was launched on Steam. The project had a rather weak start. According to SteamDB data, its peak online player count was 78. However, 71% of users who left reviews spoke positively about Venture to the Vile, praising its interesting world and appealing visuals.

Despite the significant layoffs, Cut to Bits will continue to support Venture to the Vile and work on the PlayStation version of the game, which is expected to be released by the end of the year.


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