Level-5, the developer behind the Professor Layton, Yo-Kai Watch, and Ni No Kuni series, has reportedly closed down their North American offices.
According to a report from gamesindustry.biz, Level-5 International America and Level-5 Abby began the process of shutting down last year, which began with laying off most of the staff for both offices.
In July 2019, Level-5 International America stated that they would be closing their design department, but that it also didn’t mean that it was something that would be echoed on a larger scale, as it was “not a large-scale restructuring.”
There hasn’t been any activity on their social media accounts since July 2020, when they announced a patch for Layton Brothers Mystery Room. The last update before that was in October 2018, when they announced job openings for a translator.
Sources say that no clear reason for the lay-offs was given, though those connected to Level-5 Abby say that employees were “given every indication” that the studio would be closing down, with one or two employees remaining for a few more months to carry out essential functions throughout the process.
One source suggested that there were currently no concrete plans for any more Level-5 games to be released outside of Japan.