The mass layoffs conducted by Epic Games earlier today may have resulted in the full closure ofFall Guyscreator Mediatonic.
“Sad to say that I am one of the many people affected by the layoffs at Mediatonic / Epic today,”wrote writer Ed Fear. “It’s been an amazing 11 years at MT and I’ve loved working with these people so, so much.”
Epic acquired Mediatonic (via then-parent group Tonic Games) in 2021. The following year,Fall Guysswitched to a free-to-play model and left Steam to become an Epic Games Store exclusive on PC. Shifting models proved to be successful for the platform battle royale game, which hit50 million players weeks after the free-to-play switch.
Founded in 2005 by Dave Bailey and Paul Croft, the studio’s pre-Fall Guyswork include the remake ofHatoful Boyfriend, Gears Pop!,andMurder by Numbers.
Mediatonic has supportedFall Guyswith consistent updates since its initial 2020 launch. At time of writing, neither it or the developer have confirmed how hard the layoffs hit or the future ofFall Guysin general. On X, the game’s most recent post was hours before Epic’s layoffs were revealed to the public.
Game Developer has reached out to both Epic Games and Mediatonic, and will update this story when a response is given.
Update: A spokesperson for Epic Games called the claims of Mediatonic’s closure “false,” pointing to Epic CEO Tim Sweeney’s missive where he confirmed the company would continue to invest in games, including Fall Guys.
However, it remains unclear how much staff presently remain at Mediatonic following the layoffs.