The lights are on
The Sony-owned studio that delivered God of War and participated in a number of major first-party projects has suffered layoffs. Sony confirms that its Santa Monica studio has gone through staff reductions.
“SCEA can confirm that we have completed a reduction in workforce at Santa Monica Studio,” a representative told Game Informer via email. “This is a result of a cycle of resource re-alignment against priority growth areas within [Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios]. 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.”
It was just announced that that the Sony Santa Monica team would be leaving its existing facility to allow the creative team to operate more freely. Our thoughts go out to those who are impacted by the layoffs.
Our TakeThe statement Sony provided is filled with business jargon, but what it means is that in order for the studio to survive, Sony needed to reduce staff. Those who have been let go will have help finding new employment and have been offered a package to help while they look for new employment. I’m not partial to cold language when it comes to layoffs, but it is some comfort to know that Sony is offering something to those now former employees.