Age Of Empires 4 Co-Dev Suffers Significant Layoffs Prior To Upcoming Xbox Release

The co-developer of Age of Empires 4 had some sad news to share last night, as it was revealed that 121 employees were being laid off from the company (Relic Entertaiment), described as an "incredibly difficult" decision to make.

This was revealed in a statement on social media, where Relic and SEGA Europe explained that the layoffs were implemented in order to "restructure our organisation to ensure maximum focus is placed on our core franchises".

As mentioned, Relic Entertainment is the co-developer (alongside World's Edge) on Age of Empires 4, which is a game that's getting an Xbox release later this year, and the studio is also the developer behind Company Of Heroes 3 which is coming to Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S as soon as next week.

Hopefully the Relic Entertainment staff that have been affected by this news are able to land on their feet ASAP, with SEGA promising to "support departing employees in every way we can".

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