Sony Sheds Light On Sony Santa Monica Layoffs
Sony Santa Monica recently experienced some layoffs after just moving into a bigger premises. There’s a distinct lack of logic in that. Regardless, the rumours have it that the layoffs didn’t do anything for The Order 1886 which Santa Monica was assisting Ready at Dawn on but that an unannounced sci-fi title had subsequently been canceled.
Sony claims it was part of a necessary reboot for the studio. You see, reboots ruin everything! Except perhaps for that DmC reboot and definitely the Spider-Man reboot.
peaking with IGN, head of internal software development for the PlayStation brand Scott Rohde didn’t say what projects the studio is still working on, only that “sometimes, a project needs a reboot. So that’s what we’re doing overall with the titles we’re working on there, and the studio itself.”
Rhode again did not confirm that any in-development game had been canceled, but said that “There’s not a single business on the planet where every single project that is started is a success.”
The studio still employs around 200 people so the layoffs were perhaps in the dozens but Rhode says we’ll just have to wait and see what Sony Santa Monica comes up with next.
I refuse to believe that there is any reason to sacrifice people’s jobs simply because it is felt that a studio needs to be refreshed. If there is a more substantial reason then by all means, Sony should give it. This however, is flimsier than Kratos’ emotions.