Avalanche exits North America with two studio closures

June 4, 2024 by No Comments

Avalanche has just announced the closure of two studios, Montreal and New York. The news comes at a difficult time for the industry, and nearly 20,000 industry workers have laid themselves off in the past eighteen months. In a press release published by Avalanche, it was revealed that the move will make ‘approximately 50 valued friends and colleagues’ redundant, which equates to approximately ten percent of the company.

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Avalanche opened a Montreal office in October 2023, but just eight months later, the studio is preparing to close its doors. Both Montreal and New York will close as Blizzard pulls out of North America Рbut the company will retain offices in Malm̦, Stockholm and Liverpool.

Avalanche Studios was founded in Sweden in 2003 and created the Just Cause series of games, which launched in 2006 and was the company’s first major title. Over the years, the Just Cause franchise blossomed and Avalanche went on to work on Mad Max, The Hunter and Rage 2 as well.

in Advertisement published Avalanche’s website states:

This is an exceptionally difficult decision, but one we believe is necessary to ensure a stable and sustainable future for the company.

Systemic Reaction and Expansive Worlds AB – studios under the Avalanche banner – have been confirmed safe from this round of layoffs and closures. Recently, a live-action adaptation of Just Cause was revealed – the project is unlikely to be affected.

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