It’s never good to hear of people being laid off at game studios, and the bad news is hitting some staff at several of Sony’s UK development teams, VideoGamer has reported. The three studios affected, though the extent of the layoffs is not clear, are SCE London Studio, Guerilla Cambridge and Evolution Studios, adding to the redundancies which hit their US-based colleagues at Sony Santa Monica last month.
Of the three, only Evolution Studios has a publicly announced game, in the form of DriveClub, while London Studio and Guerilla Cambridge were both working behind closed doors after delivering The Playroom and Killzone: Mercenary towards the end of last year.
Speaking to VideoGamer, a Sony spokesperson said:
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.
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.
A further clarification stated that the development of DriveClub “will not be affected” by this. Though there has been little heard about the game of late, this indicates that it should still be on target for an “early 2014” release, after being delayed just weeks before it was set to launch alongside the PlayStation 4.