Daybreak Game Company, formerly Sony Online Entertainment, has confirmed that it's cutting staff at both its San Diego and Austin studios but has said the move won't affect the running of its current online games portfolio.
"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," the company told GamesIndustry.biz.
"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."
One of those affected by the cuts appears to be director of development on the EverQuest franchise David Georgeson.
Yeah, I'm sorry folks but it's true. LM, eqn, eq and eqii are no longer guided by moi. Other dreamers will steer now.— David Georgeson (@DaveGeorgeson) February 11, 2015
Linda "Brasse" Carlson, director of global community relations also posted a statement to her Facebook confirming she too was no longer with the company.
"I have been released from the best and most challenging job I have ever had. I thank you all for being part of that incredible experience. Too many people to thank personally, but know that I am extraordinarily grateful and very curious where life takes me now."
Both were key figures in Sony Online Entertainment, and fans have reacted with dismay at their departure.
The news of layoffs comes just over a week after the company announced it had been acquired by Columbus Nova and was changing its name.
Developers have already started to respond to the sad news on Twitter, with CCO at The Workshop Entertainment, Laralyn McWilliams, suggested that Daybreak's statement regarding the layoffs lacked a human touch.
OK, I love everyone at Daybreak (formerly SOE) but that PR statement about the layoff has zero humanity in it for the folks being let go.— Laralyn McWilliams (@Laralyn) February 11, 2015
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