Just a week ago it was confirmed that Sony Online Entertainment had been sold to Columbus Nova, with the studio itself being renamed Daybreak Game Studio. Today it was announced that the new company was letting go of staff members in an attempt to “rationalize the business.” Two confirmed major departures are Linda Carlson, who was SOE’s Global Community Relations person and one of the public faces of the company. The second is David Georgeson, who was one of the main people behind the Everquest franchise.
Daybreak released a statement regarding the matter:
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. This alignment of resources better positions the newly independent studio for future growth opportunities and developments, including delivering on its legacy of 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.
At the moment the total number of layoffs at both locations is unknown. While Daybreak are stating this won’t affect the current games you do have to wonder about future releases, including Everquest Next of which we’ve heard very little about since its reveal. We at TSA wish the best of luck to those affected by the layoffs, and hope they find work elsewhere as soon as possible.