A veteran video game voice actor who worked on Starfield stated in a recent social media posting that three of his projects probably wouldn’t see the light of day and that the industry is a “disaster zone” following mass layoffs at Eidos Montreal.
Elias Toufexis, the VA who last year revealed that the unnamed explorer in Starfield was supposed to have both a female and male voice, came out on X saying that the latest entry to Deus Ex Machina has been canceled.
Without specifying, Toufexis added that one more project got axed while the other was rebooted and assigned to another team, essentially ending his involvement.
The voice actor who provided the voice for Starfield’s space cowboy, Sam Coe, ended his tweet by saying, "The video game world is a disaster zone right now.”
Toufexis’ comments came after Eidos Montreal let go of 20% of its labor force. This laying off, in turn, is part of the Embracer Group’s ongoing expense-cutting measures. Interestingly, the company’s efforts to make itself leaner came directly after a spree of studio acquisitions beginning in 2021.
Spending more than $8 billion, Embracer Group had acquired rights to intellectual properties like Lord of the Rings, Tomb Raider, and Deus Ex Machina.
This move is similar to Xbox’s latest move, which laid off almost 2,000 employees after it successfully absorbed the Activision-Blizzard-King group. However, Embracer’s cost-cutting measures were announced in June of last year.
Xbox also announced a restructuring of its executive organization, putting the CEOs of the Activision group directly under CEO Matt Booty, while Bethesda heads were to report to intermediary Jill Braff.
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