The move was announced on Thursday following a review of its games business.
“In response to the lower profitability of the European region, we have reviewed the title portfolio of each development base in Europe and the resulting action will be to cancel ‘Hyenas’ and some unannounced titles under development,” it said.
“Accordingly, we will implement a write-down of work-in-progress for titles under development.”
Sega also plans to reduce its fixed expenses in Europe, with a focus on cutting costs at Horsham, England-based Creative Assembly.
“We will implement reduction of various fixed expenses at several group companies in relevant region, centered on the Creative Assembly Ltd,” it said. “We expect to incur one-time expenses related to reduction of fixed expenses.”
VGC sources have confirmed that layoffs are planned at Creative Assembly. We’ve contacted Sega for more information about the number of staff that are set to be impacted by redundancy.
Creative Assembly has confirmed it will be making redundancies across the company.
Due to the structural reforms Sega’s planning to implement, which will occur mainly in Europe, the company now expects to record a loss for the current fiscal year ending on March 31, 2024.
It had five teams of three battling AI and each other to steal pop culture memorabilia from expansive, themed spaceships with zero-g sections.
Doubts about the game’s future were raised this summer when Sega described it as a “challenging” title.
Sega Sammy executives were asked if they could provide an update on the game, such as its business model and expected impact on earnings, during a Q&A session following the publication of the company’s quarterly earnings in August.
“We are unable to talk about this title because the details have not yet been announced at this time,” they said. “As this is a challenging title, we are striving to improve its quality towards the release on the front line of development. We are also making final adjustments to its business model in parallel.”