Saints Row dev lays off over 30 people after disappointing Agents of Mayhem

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Agents of mediocrity

Volition (Saints Row, Agents of Mayhem) has laid off over 30 people, including general manager Dan Cermak, Kotaku reports. That’s about 15% of its roughly 200-person staff and comes on the heels of Agents of Mayhem‘s August release.

Agents of Mayhem is set in the Saints Row world, but a separate story seemingly meant to give the latter series a break. The last Saints Row release — and first under new publisher Deep Silver — the standalone Gat out of Hell mostly saw just-above-middling reviews. So too did the full game, Agents of Mayhem.

Though studios often do huge layoffs after AAA releases, Deep Silver is reportedly unhappy with the game’s sales; in the UK charts, it was beat out by ancient games Grand Theft Auto V and Fallout 4 upon release.

Big Layoffs Hit Agents of Mayhem Developer Volition [Kotaku]