Thief arrived in stores last week and its developer Eidos Montreal is already shrinking in size, with confirmation that 27 employees have been laid off.

"Yes it is true we've let 27 people go today, unfortunately it's something that every major studio has to do sometimes in order to ensure you have the right set up for current and future projects," reads a statement released by the publisher to Kotaku.

"It's never a nice thing to do but we are genuinely trying to offer as much support as much as we can. We're trying to re-locate as many people as possible into other roles here or at our other studios and we've been in touch several studios in Montreal to arrange a career day for those affected by this. We're very thankful for all their hard work and we sincerely wish them well. "

Eidos Montreal is known to be working on a new Deus Ex title for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. The game will form part a series of video games, books, graphic novels and other experiences connected together through a world known as Deus Ex: Universe, a new saga that will expand the franchise "on a regular basis" and create "a more immersive and richer experience than ever before".

Source: Kotaku