Toys For Bob Announces Plans To Go Independent From Activision

Posted on February 29, 2024 by Nick Moreno

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After years of battling in the courts, the Microsoft deal to acquire Activision Blizzard King officially passed. Part of the arrangement also includes talent including Infinity Ward, High Moon Studios, and Beenox. As for the results of the deal, one reveal has been made – Diablo IV is coming to Xbox Game Pass next month.

Additionally, the firm has faced countless layoffs since the start of 2024. Already, a mass exodus in staffing at Xbox and the greater Microsoft accounts for 1,900 employees. Even more, Toys for Bob was considered closed for a brief moment. But insiders & leakers alike discounted the false report sharing the team is being relocated as the developer goes fully remote for the time being.

In a new update from the Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon developer, Toys for Bob is going independent; breaking away from the grasp of Activision. It also forms a new partnership with Microsoft on an unnamed project.

Over the years, we’ve inspired love, joy, and laughter for the inner child in all gamers. We pioneered new IP and hardware technologies in Skylanders. We raised the bar for best-in-class remasters in Spyro Reignited Trilogy. We’ve taken Crash Bandicoot to innovative, critically acclaimed new heights.

With the same enthusiasm and passion, we believe that now is the time to take the studio and our future games to the next level. This opportunity allows us to return to our roots of being a small and nimble studio. To make this news even more exciting, we’re exploring a possible partnership between our new studio and Microsoft. And while we’re in the early days of developing our next new game and a ways away from making any announcements, our team is excited to develop new stories, new characters, and new gameplay experiences.

“Our friends at Activision and Microsoft have been extremely supportive of our new direction and we’re confident that we will continue to work closely together as part of our future. So, keep your horns on and your eyes out for more news. Thank you to our community of players for always supporting us through our journey. We can’t wait to share updates on our new adventure as an indie studio!”

Similarly, we witnessed this path taken by Bungie. Predating back to 2019, the Destiny team after being acquired by Activision would later find itself to buy its freedom and self-publish for a handful of years after. At least, until it became a PlayStation studio. You can read the full report by heading here.

What are your thoughts on the new arrangement for Toys for Bob?

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