Sony Online Entertainment has announced a reduction in its workforce. In a post on SOE’s official forums, global community relations director Linda “Brasse” Carlson posted the following statement:
“Today we announced a reduction in our workforce at SOE. As a company, our goal is to focus on our core expertise of MMO games and as part of these efforts, we had to make the difficult decision to eliminate positions to help reduce costs, streamline our employee base and strategically align resources towards our current portfolio of games and upcoming slate of MMOs, including EverQuest Next Landmark and EverQuest Next. We deeply value our employees and are grateful for all they’ve contributed to our company and games. They will be missed by colleagues and friends, and we wish them well in the future.
Out of respect for our employees, we request that you do not discuss personnel matters on our forums. Thank you for your understanding.”
Gamasutra reports that the layoffs affect both the San Diego and Austin offices of SOE.
SOE Austin head Lorin W. Jameson added, “Quite simply we intend to fully deliver on all of the plans we have announced and have many new and exciting things we are planning that we have yet to discuss. In short expect no changes in the quality or quantity of releases for DCUO. In fact we are constantly striving to increase both measures.”
SOE announced EverQuest Next earlier this month, targeting a 2014 release.
IGN wishes the best of luck to anyone affected by today’s news.
Source : ign[dot]com