Sony Santa Monica Studios has been hit with layoffs today, according to a report from IGN. No numbers have been released for the layoffs, nor has Sony confirmed which projects have been effected. Sony did confirm that some layoffs had occurred at Sony Santa Monica in a statement to IGN, saying:
“SCEA can confirm that we have completed a reduction in workforce at Santa Monica Studio. This is a result of a cycle of resource re-alignment against priority growth areas within SCE WWS. We do not take these decisions lightly. However, sometimes it is necessary to make changes to better serve the future projects of the studio. We have offered outplacement services and severance packages to ease transition for those impacted.”
What this means for the future of Sony Santa Monica is anyone’s guess, but it has been one of Sony’s most consistent performers over the years, with it’s releases in the God of War franchise, as well as assisting in developing games like PlayStation All Stars: Battle Royale, The Order: 1886, and Fat Princess.
It was rumored that at least two new games were in production from Sony Santa Monica, including a potential new IP. Will either of these be effected? That’s anyone’s guess. Director of God of War 2, Cory Barlog rejoined the studio in August of last year, after the studio’s most recent release, God of War: Ascension was critically panned, and under-performed at retail. I even found the game to be quite mediocre in my very first review on this site.
We here at The League of Mediocre Gamers hope all those effected by the layoffs can find new jobs, and that less people get laid off from any jobs.
by, Bobby Marquardt