It’s been revealed that Perfect World has shut down Motiga, the studio behind the upcoming free-to-play MOBA, Gigantic.
Motiga and Gigantic haven’t had the most smoothest road to launch. Since the game’s announcement back in July 2014 the developer has suffered several layoffs. Fortunately things started to look up when the news broke of Perfect World Entertainment coming on board as Gigantic’s publisher. Then in March 2017, Motiga was hit with another round of layoffs.
With just a few months left until Motiga’s MOBA, Gigantic, officially launches, it seems Perfect World weren’t satisfied with the way things were going and have decided to shutter the studio entirely. While there’s no official announcement, a former employee revealed that this layoff has affected around 70 people.
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Following-on from this, Destructoid, also spoke with Motiga CEO Chris Chung who revealed that the closer was a corporate decision adding that Perfect World felt that Gigantic “was not making enough revenue.” Chung also added that other studios will be affected by this decision.
What happens from here is unclear, though Chung did reveal that Gigantic will be left in the hands of a maintenance team at Perfect World which consists of a few “dedicated” Motiga employees. Perfect World hasn’t yet closed down Gigantic itself.