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Fantasy Flight Interactive to close after company-wide layoffs

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Sounds like most, if not all, of their RPG department staff will be let go. This is very sad news.
News is spreading that Fantasy Flight Interactive, the branch of Fantasy Flight Games in charge of the tabletop game company's digital games, will close in February after an unspecified number of employees were laid off.

This is a notable failure for Fantasy Flight Interactive, which opened its doors in 2017 with a mission to both adapt Fantasy Flight's physical games for digital platforms and develop its own original games based on the company's library of franchises.

But in a LinkedIn post published yesterday, studio head Tim Gerritsen (formerly of Human Head) wrote that "the decision has been made to close Fantasy Flight Interactive next month."

"I'm going to do my best to get my team placed in new positions. I have programmers, designers, artists, QA staff and a producer to get placed in new roles and will do my best to do so quickly," he added. "Additionally, I'm now open to new opportunities myself since I will also be out of a job."

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There has been some discussion on Facebook about this and the speculation is that FFG will likely have a line-manager in charge of the RPG division and will outsource to freelancers to come up with the content.

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Very surprising. Sorry for the people who lost their jobs.

I wonder what this means for the Star Wars RPG and this other rpg lines?

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Havard wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 6:49 am
:shock:

Very surprising. Sorry for the people who lost their jobs.

I wonder what this means for the Star Wars RPG and this other rpg lines?
Quote : Update: A source close to the situation estimates that over 10 people have been let go from Fantasy Flight Games, and that the customer service department and tabletop RPG department are also expected to shutter as a result. :|

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shesheyan wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 1:52 pm

Quote : Update: A source close to the situation estimates that over 10 people have been let go from Fantasy Flight Games, and that the customer service department and tabletop RPG department are also expected to shutter as a result. :|
Thanks for the update on this very sad news! :(

Any idea what lead to this development?

I wonder what will happen to the Star Wars RPG now?

What about the Dune Board Game?

How many RPG lines do FFG have?

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My source had this to say about the rpg department: « everyone is kicked out. This department was made up of only 4 people, the majority of the writing work being done by Freelance. Even the people we talked to, Sam Stewart (the Rpg development team leader) and Tim Hucklebery, aren't sure what that means in terms of future hardware. It looks like Genesys' next book, Secret of the Crucible, will be released anyway, but after that it's going to be dead. The Foundry will undoubtedly remain active so Genesys will see new content. Even Sam Stewart mentioned that he intended to publish Freelance content. But for the other rpgs, it seems that there will be nothing left. »

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Man, I better snap up those Genesys books ASAP! It'll be be hard to get them for decent prices once they are OOP.

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Another product line is closed by FFG. This time it's, Destiny the Star Wars collectible dice game.
https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/n ... JGH5K185lo

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Here is the latest:
This article is a follow-up to a prior article published on January 8, 2020.

We at d20Radio are sad to announce that we have independently confirmed that, in the long term, Fantasy Flight Games will be discontinuing the production of its roleplaying game lines. This news comes in the wake of the layoff FFG’s RPG department staff, which occurred in early January of this year.

We have also confirmed that this will be a long-term endeavor, and that all currently announced and in-production RPG Products by FFG will be delivered. This means that the highly anticipated Starships and Speeders essential vehicles collection for the Star Wars Roleplaying Game, as well as the Secrets of the Crucible Keyforge campaign setting for the Genesys Roleplaying Game will, indeed, be delivered and provide exciting official content for both RPG lines. It is still unknown, as of yet, what impact this plan will have on the fan-created content hub of the Genesys Foundry.

It also remains unknown as to why Fantasy Flight Games has made the decision to end RPG Production in the long-term. To date, neither FFG or their parent company, Asmodee, have made any public statement or comment on the matter.

While it is unsubstantiated conjecture, industry pundits and internet commentators have expressed numerous opinions that Asmodee is prepping FFG for a sale, or that French private equity firm, Eurazeo (who purchased Asmodee in 2013) is perhaps prepping Asmodee for a sale. Still other commentators are of the opinion that parent company Asmodee is simply seeking to focus exclusively on the board-game market. All of which – again – is unsubstantiated conjecture, to this point.

Following the 2013 acquisition by Eurazeo, Asmodee became extremely active in mergers and acquisitions of other hobby companies, beginning with the 2014 merger of Asmodee with Days of Wonder, and then with Fantasy Flight Games. 2016 saw the Asmodee acquisition of Z-Man Games, Plaid Hat Games, and Filosophia; as well as the announcement of agreements for Asmodee to publish the English-language versions of Catan from Mayfair Games (creating a new company, Catan Studio, Inc.). In 2017, Asmodee merged with German board game publisher Heidelberger Spieleverlag, and acquired the Spanish editor, Edge Entertainment. In 2018, Asmodee announced the acquisitions of both the Polish game publisher, Rebel; and the European distributor, ACD Blackfire Entertainment. None of these endeavors focused on the publishing of RPG material.

We at d20Radio are saddened by this news, as we have enjoyed a strong relationship with the FFG RPG team, and have become huge fans of their Star Wars, Genesys, and Legend of the Five Rings roleplaying games. The talented team that brought those game lines into the hobby world went above and beyond to maintain a great relationship with fans, and bring us some of the best roleplaying content we have ever had the privilege to play. More than that, they are our friends. Thankfully, their hard work has created games that we will continue to play – forever. And regardless of the long-term plans, we are extremely excited for the forthcoming content yet to come!

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Thanks for posting this update, Angel. As disappointing that this is, I hope others will pick up some of the licences for tabletop rpgs. Maybe even in house games like Genesys could find new homes?

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Havard wrote:
Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:59 pm
Thanks for posting this update, Angel. As disappointing that this is, I hope others will pick up some of the licences for tabletop rpgs. Maybe even in house games like Genesys could find new homes?
I certainly hope so. I recently just bought into Genesys with the Core Rulebook, it looks like a great system. Hopefully I can pick up a few more books before the scalpers move into the OOP market for the system.

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Angel Tarragon wrote:
Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:19 pm
Havard wrote:
Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:59 pm
Thanks for posting this update, Angel. As disappointing that this is, I hope others will pick up some of the licences for tabletop rpgs. Maybe even in house games like Genesys could find new homes?
I certainly hope so. I recently just bought into Genesys with the Core Rulebook, it looks like a great system. Hopefully I can pick up a few more books before the scalpers move into the OOP market for the system.
So far, based on info gathered from around the web, including Katrina who is the current head of RPGs for FFG, all that is going to happen with Genesys is it gets its last release, the Keyforge setting book, and that's it. No idea what is happening with the Foundry stuff via DTRPG but no more official stuff from FFG. While i wasn't a fan of some of the Genesys stuff, the system was solid, and i wanted to see more from them (Tanhauser Wierd WW1 splat I NEED YOU) that we will not never get.

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