Sony’s UK Studios Hit By Layoffs, But Won’t Affect DriveClub Development

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.

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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.

Source: VideoGamer

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11 Comments

  1. I guess we won’t be seeing another Getaway sequel anytime soon.

  2. The bubissmen strike again..

  3. Don’t get how you can lay people off that are currently working on an unreleased game. Plus then say the game won’t be affected!

    • Because not everyone at a studio works on a game they are making from day one to day of release?

      Without numbers it’s hard to draw many conclusions on the impact this has. Likely to be part of general restructuring going on as recently happened at SSM.

    • Probably just the temps and Freelancers being laid off, at this point the game is finished and all they are doing is polishing the game to make it more shiny and playable.

  4. “…this indicates that it should still be on target for an “early 2014″ release…” – Ha ha, I love your optimism. I’m sure you commented elsewhere today that Man Utd will still finish in a top 4 spot.

    • I thought I read a few days back that DriveClub had been delayed again and they were aiming for a late 2014 / early 2015 release date. Saying that, the fact I can’t remember where or when precisely I read this tells me I’m probably mistaken and dreamt it.
      Whilst we’re kind of on the subject… Have they revealed next months PS4 PS Plus free game yet?

      • If they announce Drive Club as the free game on April 1st I’m first to call it fake.

  5. Sad to hear about layoffs but glad DriveClub isn’t affected.

  6. The games dev group at my college are throwing paper aeroplanes about ther place, I have a bad feeling about the future of this industry guys and gals.

  7. and in other new the sky is blue and the sun sets in the west. So what elses is new in the world.

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