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Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition and MythForce developer Beamdog came with big layoffs

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In June, Embracer Group announced a restructuring that would eventually include layoffs, game cancellations, and the sale or shutdown of several of its development studios. As part of an ongoing restructuring, layoffs recently occurred at indie RPG developer Beamdog.

According to the Beamdog team who posted on LinkedIn26 employees were released from the Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition and Myth power Developer studio on Friday. Those affected included producers, artists, environmental inspectors and other support positions.

For those unfamiliar with Beamdog, it was founded in 2009 by a group of former BioWare employees. The company is best known for Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition, Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Editionand MythForce.

The news comes less than a year after Aspyr Media, a subsidiary of Swedish gaming conglomerate Embracer Group, acquired Horn dog. As you may know, Embracer has pursued an aggressive acquisition strategy in recent years, amassing over 230 gaming companies under its umbrella.

However, in June, Embracer CEO Lars Wingefors announced that the company would shift focus from “heavy investment” to cost-cutting measures such as studio closures and layoffs. The restructuring will take place in several phases, ending sometime in March 2024.

Casualties in Embracer’s restructuring so far include the closure of Volition Studios and Campfire Cabal. Volition’s closure, in particular, sent shockwaves through the gaming industry in late August. The studio was behind well-known franchises such as Row of Martyrs and red faction.

Layoffs also affected other subsidiaries such as boundaries boundaries Produced by Gearbox Publishing and Rainbow Studios. A new report even suggests that Embracer may sell Gearbox Entertainment. The parent company is reportedly working with Goldman Sachs and Aream & Co. to advance the process.

The layoffs come as a blow to Beamdog, as the team works to expand classic RPGs like Baldor Gate. It remains to be seen how the company will reorganize its positions.

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