Runescape maker Jagex has confirmed that it has laid off 13 employees that were working on the upcoming free-to-play MMO browser game Transformers Universe. According to the company these layoffs are the result of switching to established outside technology for the remainder of the game's development. In other words, the company has ditched its in-house engine in favor of some third-party software. This switch means less employee resources are needed going forward.
"Having reviewed the remaining work required for the upcoming Transformers Universe launch we have made the decision to scale the development team back slightly," the company said in statement.
"We have always been committed to developing the highest quality games and services and are confident that this reduction will not adversely impact the game," continues the statement. "The vast majority of the Transformers studio will be unaffected by this move. On a positive note a significant portion of the talent potentially effected have already been reallocated to support the upcoming release of RuneScape 3 in HTML 5 and the RuneScape 3 on tablets project slated for the end of the year. Regrettably we have not been able to find suitable roles for 13 members of the team who will be leaving the studio later this month."
Jagex said more information on Transformers Universe will be released soon on the game's official website.