More Layoffs Hit Sony Studios, UK Team Members Dismissed
While the ink from previous layoffs to its California-based studios is still drying, Sony has just handed out more pink slips to many of its European developers.
VideoGamer reports that more layoffs have been occurring throughout some of Sony’s development studios. The primary studios that have been affected by these layoffs include the following UK teams: Evolution Studios, Guerilla Cambridge and SCE London Studios. Unfortunately, layoff totals have not been confirmed as of yet.
A Sony representative told VideoGamer, “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,” the spokesperson added. The rep also mentioned that the company is focusing on its first-party development studios as being the primary forces in Sony’s gaming future.
Evolution Studios is primarily known for the World Rally Championship and the MotorStorm racing series, but it is currently in the spotlight for its development of the anticipated social racer, DriveClub. Guerrilla Cambridge is known for the comedic MediEvil and a few solid PlayStation 2 titles, such as Primal and Ghosthunter. The last major piece of work Guerrilla did was Killzone: Mercenary for the PS Vita. SCE London Studios is mostly known for the PlayStation 2’s EyeToy peripheral along with the SingStar line of karaoke titles which across both the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3. Recently, SCE London worked on The Playroom, a free, small game for PlayStation 4 owners and was developing an unannounced, upcoming title for PS4.
The Sony representative also claimed that DriveClub’s development will not be hindered by these layoffs. Still, there’s no firm release date in sight for the exclusive racing game, so it’s really unclear just how this move will affect its release.