Report: Zombie Farm developer The Playforge to lay off staff, cease new development [Updated]

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Update: The Playforge President Jack Sorensen confirms to Inside Mobile Apps that some Playforge team members have been let go, but says The Playforge itself is not closing. It will continue to support the Zombie Farm and Tree World franchises, but is winding down development of new games.

Original story: Zombie Farm maker The Playforge will be closing, laying off its entire remaining staff, a source close to the situation tells Inside Mobile Apps. The Playforge was acquired by Saban Brands in August 2012, and suffered an earlier layoff last July, when around 20 staff members, or 40 percent of the team, was let go.

The earlier layoffs came as a result of rising costs, says the source, as well as the poor performance of some of the company’s titles.

According to the source, the entire Playforge staff was told of the shutdown news earlier this week. The Playforge reportedly announced yesterday that the entire company would be closing, and all staff members would be let go.

Currently, games like Zombie Farm Battles [pictured] and Tree World are still available to download in the App Store. We’ve reached out to The Playforge for comment, and will update this space as we learn more.