Layoffs have hit another video game studio it seems, as Sony Online Entertainment announced a reduction in staff at its San Diego and Austin offices. The move is to help lower costs and better align company resources, just at the expense of peoples' jobs. Basically it's to ensure work on EverQuest Next and EverQuest Next Landmark is as focused as possible, as well as keep PlanetSide 2 and DC Universe Online running smoothly.
SOE's community relations director Linda Carlson had the following to say about the layoffs on the DCUO forums:
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.
There's no word on just how many employees are now looking for new jobs, but hopefully they land on their feet somewhere else before long. It's also unknown which parts of SOE the positions were cut from, but it doesn't look like game development is getting hit too hard, if at all.