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Report: Volition hit with layoffs one month after Agents of Mayhem launch

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More than 30 staffers reportedly out, including studio GM

In this Agents of Mayhem screenshot the character Hammersmith stands with a large gun hoisted over one of his shoulders. Electricity crackles in the background and a glowing red tower-like structure can be seen. Volition/Deep Silver

More than 30 people at Saints Row and Agents of Mayhem developer Volition have been let go this week, according to a report from Kotaku. Among those reportedly out at the 200-person studio include its general manager, Dan Cermak.

We’ve reached out to Cermak and other members of Volition, as well as representatives for its parent company Deep Silver. Deep Silver picked up the studio in 2013 following former owner THQ’s exit from the games industry. Under Deep Silver, Volition released Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell and Agents of Mayhem — two titles that suffered poor critical reception.

Kotaku’s sources point to Agents of Mayhem’s failure to drum up sales as a reason for the layoffs. There aren’t official sales data available, but what has been reported from sites like SteamSpy suggests the game didn’t make waves. There are just over 31,000 owners of the PC version, according to the Steam tracker’s numbers, with just 92 concurrent players logging in as of yesterday.

We’ll update with more on this story as we receive it.