It seems no-one can escape the giant money crunch that has been sweeping the globe, not even game publishers and developers. Publisher 2K Games has axed  about twenty jobs at Firaxis, the long running developers of the Civilization series. 2K cited the lay-offs as part of cost cutting expenses to help out during these financially tough times. 2K Games said in an official release;

“Firaxis has realigned its development resources in order to streamline its development process, reduce costs and maximize the overall performance the studio.”

For all you eager fans awaiting Civilization V in September of this year, don’t fret that the game will lose out as a result of the job cuts. In regards to the quality of Civ 5, 2K Games said;

“[The job cuts] will not impact Firaxis’ ability to create and deliver AAA titles, including its forthcoming Sid Meier’s Civilization V and Sid Meier’s Civilization Network for Facebook.”

It is sad to see people lose thier jobs, especially more so in an industry that is bounding ahead and raking in profits across the board. What do you think? Sound off in the comments section below.

[Source: MCV]