Publisher 2K has confirmed that Hangar 13, the development studio behind 2016's Mafia III, has suffered a number of layoffs despite an initially strong debut for the mobster sequel.

While it remains unknown how many staff have been laid off, Kotaku believes it to have been a significant figure. Writing in an email to the website, 2K confirmed that 'staff reductions' have been made to ensure 'the studio's resources are properly aligned with its long-term development plans.'

'These reductions will not influence 2K’s ability to create and deliver its products that are currently in development. We never take these matters lightly, and are working with the affected employees to support them and explore potential opportunities throughout our organization.'

The site goes on to report that the California-based studio has been busy prototyping for its next project over the past year or so. One idea that was flying around centred around a third-person actioner featuring a 'fight to music' gameplay mechanic (similar to the now-cancelled Chroma by Harmonix) although this idea was ultimately canned. 

Mafia III was released on PS4, PC, and Xbox One in October 2016 and actually managed to break records upon its debut, becoming the fastest-selling game in 2K history. The title went on to ship around five million copies worldwide by February of last year.

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