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Magic: Legends Shut Down Sees Layoffs Hit Cryptic Studios

44 Employees Laid Off

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As Magic: Legends winds down, shuttering before it ever existed its open beta, Cryptic Studios has been hit with layoffs due to the closure. According to a former employee at Cryptic, the team has been hit with 44 employees laid off who were working on Legends. 

The news came from a former employee (via MassivelyOP) who tweeted about the layoffs around when the news broke of Magic: Legends being canceled. Aaron Walz, a former Senior Sound Designer for Cryptic who worked on Legends, tweeted that the studio had laid off 44 employees as a result of Magic: Legends being shuttered.

"Devastating news to share. Cryptic Studios has decided to cancel Magic Legends for poor financial performance, which sadly means I am without a job. They laid off 44 employees this morning. Please forward any sound designer opportunities."

For their part, it seems Walz had nothing really bad to say about the way Cryptic handled the layoffs themselves, stating in a follow-up tweet that even the CEO "choked up."

We reached out to Cryptic for a comment on the layoffs, as well as what steps Cryptic was taking to make the transition for affected employees easier, which the studio responded with the following statement:

"Cryptic Studios assembled an incredible team of talented developers and passionate Magic: the Gathering fans to bring the Multiverse to life in Magic: Legends. Regretfully, we have announced that Magic: Legends will sunset with the conclusion of Open Beta on October 31, 2021, at 11:59pm. Cryptic is working to find new roles for displaced team members within the company, however the game’s closure will unfortunately result in a reduction in staff. All who are impacted by this reduction will be provided with severance and resources to help them find new employment.

We want to thank each and every individual on the development team who helped turn Magic: Legends into a reality. We wish everyone the best in their future endeavors, and we are confident that their immense talents will land them in new homes soon.

Cryptic Studios remains dedicated to working on its portfolio of online titles, including Neverwinter and Star Trek Online, while also developing exciting new games in the future.”

Other studios have reached out via Twitter for those affected by the layoffs, such as Intrepid's Ashes of Creation team, posting job listings across myriad positions.

Magic: Legends players have until October 31st to play the ARPG before the servers are shut down. While players can still buy items with the in-game Aether currency, the team at Cryptic has closed the Arc store and will be refunding all purchases made during the open beta ahead of the ARPG being sunset. 

Our thoughts go out to all those affected by these layoffs.


Joseph Bradford

Joseph has been writing or podcasting about games in some form since about 2012. Having written for multiple major outlets such as IGN, Playboy, and more, Joseph started writing for MMORPG in 2015. When he's not writing or talking about games, you can typically find him hanging out with his 10-year old or playing Magic: The Gathering with his family. Also, don't get him started on why Balrogs *don't* have wings. You can find him on Twitter @LotrLore