Sony Rings In Widespread Lay-offs
Guess what Sony just did. No, they didn’t tell Facebook to buy Oculus VR. Instead they went and terminated a whole lot of people. Sony has a lot of subsidiary studios and thus far we’ve already seen lay-offs at God of War studio Sony Santa Monica.
Next up on the company’s hitlist are Guerilla Games Cambridge, SCE Sony London Studios and Evolution Studios.
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At present the former two don’t seem to be working on anything. However, Evolution is in the throes of rebuilding Driveclub from the ground up. Depending on the redundancy figures, this could affect the game’s troubled development even further.
It was made official to Videogamer this morning. Sony has stated that a number of people will be let go from each of the three teams but was mum on the official figures.
A Sony rep told the site, “Regular reviews take place throughout SCE Worldwide Studios, ensuring that the resources that we have in such a competitive business can create and produce high quality, innovative and commercially viable projects.
“As part of this process, we have reviewed and assessed all current projects and have decided to make some changes to some of our European Studios. As a result of this, there will be a focused restructure within London Studio, Guerrilla Cambridge Studio and Evolution Studio to ensure that the SCE WWS is in the best position to achieve their goals going forward.
“Our first party development studios are key to our creative strategy and we are very excited about the future projects being worked on.”
Sony appears to be cleaning up shop and trimming the fat but on the topic of Driveclub (which some might argue counts as a lot of fat), the Sony rep added, “development of Driveclub will not be affected.”