Layoffs Hit Volition Following Poor Agents of Mayhem Sales

The Saints Row spin-off didn’t exactly set the world on fire, though that may be unrelated to today’s bad news.

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Volition Inc., the developer responsible for a variety of games including numerous Red Faction and Saints Row titles (and most recently, Agents of Mayhem), has laid off more than 30 team members. Those impacted reportedly include general manager Dan Cermak, an industry veteran who worked for SSI before eventually settling at Volition.

Kotaku reported the layoffs earlier today, citing three unnamed sources. There has been no confirmation just yet from Volition or its publisher, Deep Silver, though we have requested an official statement and will update this story in the event that we receive one.

It seems like only last month (because it actually was), Agents of Mayhem was arriving in stores with plenty of buzz attached. Unfortunately, buzz doesn’t always translate to sales. Agents of Mayhem, though a decent game, was unable to build on the success of its predecessors. Retailers are already offering the $60 game at generous discounts.

Though it is alarming to see a studio lay off 30 workers, it’s not uncommon within the industry for significant layoffs to follow the release of a large project, given the cyclical nature of development. Volition’s official site still features posts looking for fresh talent “as we start our next exciting project,” though the company hasn’t had much to share in public since early this month.

Volition was founded in 1996, and is based in Champaign, Illinois. Long owned by THQ, the company was sold to Koch Media in early 2013. The acquisition did not include the rights to numerous Volition projects, such as FreeSpace, Summoner, and Red Faction.

We hope for the best for all affected by the layoffs, and for those who will continue to labor at Volition as they work on the next project. Here’s hoping that eventual release delights gamers and finds the sort of commercial success Deep Silver has in mind.

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From The Chatty

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    September 27, 2017 12:07 PM

    Jason Venter posted a new article, Layoffs Hit Volition Following Poor Agents of Mayhem Sales

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      September 27, 2017 12:15 PM

      We want more Freespace or Red Faction.

      Not generic bland super hero games.

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        September 27, 2017 12:37 PM

        "Volition was founded in 1996, and is based in Champaign, Illinois. Long owned by THQ, the company was sold to Koch Media in early 2013. The acquisition did not include the rights to numerous Volition projects, such as FreeSpace, Summoner, and Red Faction."

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          September 27, 2017 2:08 PM

          Yeah, Volition/THQ had to sell all those IP's back to Interplay when they went bankrupt few years ago.

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      September 27, 2017 12:21 PM

      Sucks, I really like the game. To me it is solid and I enjoy it more than Saints Row 4 :(

      If they did a version 2 it be pretty amazing. It basically Crackdown on steroids, I love Crackdown and ARPG elements so I love Agents of Mayhem.

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        September 27, 2017 1:59 PM

        I had no interest as it didn't have coop - there are very few games I'll play without coop nowadays, I want to play shit with my wife

        Shame - as we put stupid amounts of hours into Saints Row

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          September 27, 2017 2:11 PM

          Ahhhhh so I bet that is what it is, I play everything SP and alone so no wonder it didn't bother me.

          I know a bunch of buddies who love Saints Row in co op as well so no wonder.

          Such a shame, for like I said I really think it is a way better game than Saints Row.

          Man I really hope they don't sack the IP and KO it :( , why don't they just add co op in a free DLC . Hmm I bet it's not designed for that, man if they could I bet it sell much better.

          Damn it, I really hope they don't kill it.