Only a week after Sony sold off SOE and the studio rebranded itself DayBreak Game Company, the developer behind EverQuest and PlanetSide has been struck by layoffs.
The exact number of employees let go remains unknown, but confirmed so far are David Georgeson, former director of development, and Linda Carlson, former director of community relations. Georgeson has long been the face of EverQuest. On Twitter, Georgeson remarked how ?other dreamers will steer now.?
Last week, studio president John Smedley announced that the company had been sold by Sony to an investment management firm called Columbus Nova, but that as a result they?d be able to accommodate multi-platform development (as opposed to their previous PC- and PlayStation-only arrangement).
?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,? reads a statement Daybreak prepared for press inquiries. ?This alignment of resources better positions the newly independent studio for future growth opportunities and developments, including delivering on its legacy for 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.?
Translation: In order to continue existing in any capacity, Daybreak needed to let go of an unknown amount of employees to operate within budget. It?s a rock and a hard place, really, and unfortunately unavoidable. Hopefully everyone affected winds up on their feet quickly at equally fulfilling new opportunities.