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Sources: Embracer lays off 50 at Chorus developer Fishlabs

Veteran German game developer Fishlabs is the latest Embracer-owned studio to suffer layoffs, VGC understands.

On Tuesday, Embracer CEO Lars Wingefors told staff that around 50 people at the Hamburg-based studio will be laid off, sources told VGC, with the exec claiming a “lack of approval and financing” for an in-development project left it with “no other choice”.

VGC has requested comment from Plaion and Embracer.

According to LinkedIn, Fishlabs was comprised of around 120 people. Many of its employees posted on the platform on Tuesday, confirming they’d been made redundant.

“Due to my third project cancellation this year, and yet another Embracer mass layoffs at Fishlabs, I am looking for a new position,” wrote one designer.

“I was hoping for the best, but expecting the worst,” wrote an artist. “A lot of people and friends are/were affected over the last months despite our efforts to produce an amazing experience for the players.”

Founded in 2004, Fishlabs is best known for 2021’s space combat game Chorus, as well as the Galaxy of Fire series on mobile.

Most recently, it worked on Nintendo Switch ports of Saints Row: The Third and Saints Row 4, and the Xbox port of Valheim.

For the past six months Embracer has been carrying out a “restructuring program” which has already seen some game studios closed and some projects cancelled.

This includes the closure of studios like Saints Row developer Volition and Campfire Cabal, while others have reportedly been put up for sale, such as Borderlands maker Gearbox.

VGC reported earlier this month that Free Radical is at threat of being closed by owner Embracer Group, just two years after it was established.