Dungeons & Dragons publisher Wizards of the Coast has canceled at least five unannounced video game projects, according to a new report from Bloomberg.
publisher, who also makes Magic the Gathering And Hasbro is part of the toy conglomerate, which has made no secret of its ambition to become a major player in video gaming in recent years, setting up and buying development studios, hiring creatives and signing deals. Now it looks like it’s scaling back on those plans to some extent.
In a statement to Bloomberg, a Wizards of the Coast spokesperson said it was still “committed to harnessing digital games” and “focusing on games strategically aligned with growing our existing brands.” Made some changes to our long term portfolio for the same. that show promise for growing or engaging with our audience in new ways. In other words, only those projects with the best chances of success survive.
The company said no fewer than 15 people at Wizards of the Coast would lose their jobs — but Bloomberg said the cancellation could have a bigger impact on outside studios working on games for the company.
It is not clear which projects have been cancelled. Bloomberg noted external studios Otherside Entertainment and Hidden Path Entertainment, both working on games for Wizards of the Coast, as well as two more external projects and one internal game that were in early stages of development. Although, Hidden Path fiction director Whitney ‘Strix’ Beltran said in a tweet that the studio’s D&D game is still in development, and that it is actively recruiting for the project.
Polygon has requested comment from Wizards of the Coast, Underside and Hidden Path.
Given the small scale of the layoffs, the cancellation won’t have a major impact on internal studio Wizards of the Coast, which is building on realizing its ambitions in video games, with some of the top talent among them. In October 2022, the company announced that Tuque Games, the developer of its 2021 release Dungeons & Dragons: Dark AllianceInvoke Studios and working on “AAA” D&D games.
In the past two years, Wizards of the Coast has also announced the founding of two studios in Austin, Texas, both being led by ex-BioWare talent: Skeleton Key and Archetype Entertainment.
Despite the scale of their investment in video games, Wizards of the Coast has made few releases and announcements. separately dark alliancewhich met with a moderate reception, and also Magic: The Gathering Online And Magic: The Gathering ArenaThe only other game on the company’s public slate is Baldur’s Gate 3 From Larian Studios, developer of Divinity Games. The sequel to a pair of D&D-derived classics from the late 1990s and early 2000s, Baldur’s Gate 3 has been well received in early access, and is due to reach its full release version in August this year.
Updates: This story now makes it clear that both Magic: The Gathering Online And arena Currently active.
Update (January 6): The status of the Hidden Paths Dungeons & Dragons game is unclear. on Thursday, The developer tweeted From its official account that “Our epic D&D project with Wizards is still happening!” However, Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier repliedinsisted that their reporting was accurate and a Wizard of the Coast spokesman confirmed that the project was canceled, both before And later Confessions from Hidden Path.
This is a very unusual and very unfortunate situation, but we stand by our reporting. Both a Wizards of the Coast spokesperson and source told Bloomberg on Tuesday that Hidden Path’s D&D game has been canceled. https://t.co/5RgFsXUrxU
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) January 6, 2023