CI Games, the developer of 2014’s action RPG Lords Of The Fallen, has announced a press release to their site indicating that, despite ending last fiscal year in the “making money” tier, they have downsized their internal development studio to be a mere 30 staff members. It seems they’re doing a bit of restructuring, but they’ve posted a revenue forecast of 24 million euro for 2017. In addition to finances, Marek Tyminski, CI Games Chief Executive Officer commented:
“With our own cash and the new financing from the bank of over 8 million Euro, we are well positioned for further growth.”
“The decision to downsize the studio was the toughest decision I have taken over the past years—it is never easy to let go of friends and colleagues with whom we’ve worked for years–however I truly believe that it was the best way to move forward.”
He goes on to describe CI Games’ new strategy of leaner teams and higher quality. You know, all the things most companies strive for. It’s always a sad time to see developers get laid off, but CI Games’ plans are to invest in and publish a larger spectrum of games, and include 3rd party developers with making games other than just their Sniper Ghost Warrior and Lords of the Fallen series. Speaking of, CI Games revealed in 2014 that there will be a sequel to Lords of the Fallen, but without a peep since, until now. Tyminski revealed they are still working on it, and are in talks with 3rd party developers about the development for the sequel.
“We hope to finalize the discussions and move forward with a new partner in the next few months. ‘Lords of the Fallen’ is a very important franchise in our portfolio, and we look forward to really meet the expectations of our fans.”
Not gonna lie, I was never a fan of the Dark Souls games, but I actually quite enjoyed Lords of the Fallen. Have you played it? Comment below if you were a fan!