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Evolution Studios, Guerrilla Cambridge, SCE London Studio all hit with layoffs

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Posted on March 25, 2014 AT 10:50am

Three of Sony’s U.K.-based studios—Evolution Studios, Guerrilla Cambridge, and SCE London Studio—were hit with layoffs this morning, Sony confirmed.

“Regular reviews take place throughout SCE Worldwide Studios, ensuring that the resources that we have in such a competitive business can create and produce high quality, innovative and commercially viable projects,” reads Sony’s prepared statement issued to several outlets. “As part of this process, we have reviewed and assessed all current projects and have decided to make some changes to some of our European Studios.

“As a result of this, there will be a focused restructure within London Studio, Guerrilla Cambridge Studio and Evolution Studio to ensure that the SCE WWS is in the best position to achieve their goals going forward. Our first party development studios are key to our creative strategy and we are very excited about the future projects being worked on.”

According to VideoGamer.com, the layoffs at Evolution Studios will not affect the development of DriveClub, the once PS4 launch title that, earlier this month, PlayStation software product development head Scott Rohde told IGN had been taken “back to the drawing board.”

These layoffs come on the heels of several other shakeups within Sony, including the loss of Stig Asmussen and reportedly about 50 other SCE Santa Monica Studio employees laid off at the end of February and Amy Hennig’s departure from Naughty Dog during the first week of March.

SCE London Studios’ most recent project was PS4′s The Playroom and its augmented reality minigames. Guerrilla Cambridge produced Killzone: Mercenary for Vita last year, and Evolution Studios, of course, are still developing DriveClub.

Source: VideoGamer

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