Releasing from the financial safety net of Sony Online Entertainment into their own team at Daybreak, layoffs are at hand with the team behind H1Z1.
Trickling a few bits of sadness out to the internet, prominent faces in the world of video game development are seeing layoffs today after former SOE development studio “Daybreak” started looking into the more intricate bits of financing. Having a lack of funding to work with all the resources Sony once managed, Daybreak laid off Linda Carlson, a former Director of Community Relations at SOE and former Director of Development David Georgeson.
First light of these layoffs came by way of Carlson’s Facebook feed where she wrote, “Other dreamers will steer now.”
Confirmations of the layoffs came down in a reply to Polygon.com’s inquiry on the matter today.
“As part of a strategic decision to rationalize the business, Daybreak Game Company announced today that it will eliminate positions in both its San Diego and Austin studios. This alignment of resources better positions the newly independent studio for future growth opportunities and developments, including delivering on its legacy of making top online games and establishing a solid foundation for future multi-platform success. These reductions will not affect the operation of current games and the company will continue on its mission to partner with its player community to drive the future and push the boundaries of online gaming.”
With titles at this level of prestige they shouldn’t have to worry about work for long, but it’s never fun to hear about people hitting the street. Our best wishes go out to all effected.