Activision Clarifies Toys For Bob Joining Call Of Duty: Warzone Development
Producing a stellar remaster in the Spyro Reignited Trilogy, studio Toys For Bob very quickly made a name for itself as it brought forth the Nintendo Switch port of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and, eventually, a full-fledged sequel by the name of Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time. As the new release proved to be a favorable hit, many expected the developer to be focused on continued post-launch support or perhaps even an inevitable Crash 5. However, in a surprise move, it appears Activision has assigned Toys For Bob to Call of Duty: Warzone as a support studio.
— Toys For Bob (@ToysForBob) April 29, 2021
Toys For Bob officially confirmed the news in a post on Twiter, with the Crash 4 developer professing they were “proud to support development” for Warzone’s recently-started Season 3 and “look forward to more to come.” While the announcement took place recently, references to the Call of Duty title have appeared on the social media account as early as March 2021, suggesting the change has at least been brewing for a while and only just became public knowledge.
While on the surface, this announcement would appear to be devastating for fans of the Crash Bandicoot series – especially given Activision Blizzard’s past penchant for folding studios – Activision has now issued a response to the growing online concern. According to a statement with Windows Central, the future of Toys For Bob still appears bright for the time being, with the studio assured to “continue supporting” Crash Bandicoot 4 while also providing “additional development support” for Call of Duty: Warzone. The full statement is as follows:
“Reports of layoffs at Toys For Bob are incorrect. There has not been a reduction in personnel recently at the studio. The development team is operating fully and has a number of full-time job openings at this time. The studio is excited to continue supporting Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, and more recently provide additional development support to Call of Duty: Warzone.”
The statement’s denial of “a reduction in personnel” is in response to reports that Toys For Bob recently suffered a round of layoffs, with the speculation fueled by several former employees revealing their departure from the studio upon news of the Warzone announcement. As Toys For Bob was said to be “operating fully,” this new clarification appears to fly in the face of the seeming layoffs, though, Activision does mention it has “a number of full-time job openings at this time.”
Such a grand focus on the Call of Duty games may seem par for the course for Activision, but assembling the likes of Toys For Bob comes as the shooter franchise demonstrates its sustained popularity, with the series recently hitting the sales milestone of 400 million copies. This development also happens only a few months removed from a similar decision involving Tony Hawk remaster devs Vicarious Visions, which saw the studio merged into Blizzard to help work on the upcoming remake Diablo 2: Resurrected.
What do you think? Are you bummed that Toys For Bob is working on Call of Duty: Warzone for the time being, or are you just glad Activision hasn’t taken them off Crash Bandicoot (yet)? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter and Facebook to be informed of the latest gaming and entertainment news 24 hours a day! For more remake/remaster headlines recently featured on DFTG, check out these next few news stories:
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