Elder Scrolls Online Developer Hit with Layoffs - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 03 September 2014 / 5,450 Views

Bethesda has told Game Informer that it has laid off employees. The team working on The Elder Scrolls Online was affected by the layoff. However, it has been assured that the game won't be affected by the layoffs.

"As is the norm for games of this type, we had ramped up a large workforce to develop a game of vast scale, and ramped up our customer service to handle the expected questions and community needs of The Elder Scrolls Online at launch," said a Bethesda representative. "Now that we are nearly six months post launch, we have a thriving online community in a game that runs smoothly.  We have adjusted staffing to meet the ongoing needs of the studio, which continues to operate with a large work force."

"We remain strongly committed to The Elder Scrolls Online, and continue to invest heavily to develop new content for PC players, prepare the game for its console launch, and handle our planned expansion into important international territories. As for customer service, we continue to operate large support centers in Hunt Valley, MD and Galway, Ireland."


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FujiokaMidori (on 04 September 2014)

Shit game. People go easy on it cause it says "Elder Scrolls" on the cover.

kumagawa (on 03 September 2014)

And the games been out only 5 months, just wait till it's been out a year.

Ganoncrotch (on 04 September 2014)

Free 2 Play before 2015.

ikki5 (on 04 September 2014)

Wanna know what is sad? I have heard so little about this game that I though the game was still in development and was due to be released like next year or something... Well, I guess I am not missing much because if it was great... I would have heard more about it.

Mr Puggsly (on 03 September 2014)

People always assume the worse when there are layoffs, but layoffs occur even when there is a huge success.

withdreday (on 03 September 2014)

Probably the least surprising news ever given the game's failure. I just hope it doesn't affect Fallout 4.

swbf2lord (on 03 September 2014)

If it hasn't already (I'm really not up-to-date on Elder Scrolls Online), it'll probably head the way of The Old Republic, and go Free-to-Play. That worked out well enough for EA.

Ganoncrotch (on 04 September 2014)

aye... they're really making back that 200million dollars they blew on that game.

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