As Jason Schreier states through Bloomberg, Niantic has canceled four projects that were in development and has fired 8% of its staff, that is, between 85 and 90 employees. Schreier declares to have access to an email of John Hanke, executive director of the company, in which he points out that Niantic is facing a moment of economic turbulence and that he has been reducing costs in a variety of areas.
According to a company spokesman, the decision of the dismissals will help them focus on their key priorities, and from Bloomberg they point to these canceled projects come that they could not replicate the success of Pokémon Go with others like Harry Potter: Wizards Unite and Pikmin Bloom. One of the canceled titles, in fact, is that Transformers: Heavy Metal that officially announced, and it has even been able to try the occasional beta.
The success of Pokémon Go was spoken, it is very little, when last month sensortower told us that it had already exceeded 6,000 million dollars in revenue since its launch in 2016. Although it is already enough feat that in 2021 would enter 1.3 billion, the more data It is remarkable perhaps the annual average, which remains at approximately one billion dollars each year for six.
Despite the bad news, yes, it seems that we are not going to run out of new Niantic projects. Just a couple of days ago, one before Bloomberg’s article was published, the company announced NBA All-World, another game that will make us get up from the couch to go outside to do the basketball events that are distributed by our city. Although we can register, the title still has no concrete date; What we do know is that it will soon certain countries in the form of beta.