Australian developer League of Geeks has announced they’ve laid off over half their staff and paused development on Jumplight Odyssey.
League of Geeks has laid off over half of their staff, including the entire Jumplight Odyssey team, though it reportedly has no effect on their ambitious Solium Infernum reboot – which is still on track for February 2024 release.
Active development on Jumplight Odyssey has been paused “indefinitely” while the game remains in Steam early access. The console ports are likely cancelled now considering the greater issues at the studio.
Here’s the full word from League of Geeks co-founders Trent Kusters, Blake Mizzi, and Ty Carey:
For almost 15 years, LOG has been home to some of the most talented and brilliant folks in the industry. This week, we’ve had to say goodbye to many of them.
Rapidly rising operation costs, a weakening AUD, poor Early Access sales, and the unprecedented withdrawal of funding opportunities across the industry, placed us in a position where we could no longer afford to cover development costs. As a result, we’ve had to make the impossible decision to pause development indefinitely on Jumplight Odyssey.
More than 50% of our studio has been impacted by redundancies, including the entire Jumplight Odyssey team, meaning plans we had to get the game to full release (including release plans for PS5 & Xbox) have been put on hold indefinitely.
This decision will not impact the launch or quality of Solium Infernum, as we continue to work towards a February 14 release. Nor will it affect the existing support we offer Armello and its players.
You can find more information, including an FAQ and a link to the staff who were affected and their roles within this thread. We wholeheartedly recommend each and every single LoG team member we have had to say goodbye to, so if you’re in a position to signal boost or hire them, please do so.
We are devastated to be in this position, and we have done everything in our power to avoid it. We are so very sorry.
Trent, Blake, & Ty
Co-Founders & Directors
League of Geeks