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Sony to fire 900 Playstation staff; To close UK Studio too

Sony to fire 900 PlayStation staff

Japanese tech giant Sony announced a substantial restructuring that involves laying off approximately 900 employees, that represent 8% of the company’s PlayStation workforce worldwide. This restructuring also impacts several key PlayStation studios, including Naughty Dog, Guerrilla, Insomniac, Firesprite studios, and most importantly, PlayStation’s London studio. Alongside these changes, Sony also confirmed the cancellation of several in-development games.

While Sony kicked off the year with a thrilling start, captivating audiences with the PlayStation State of Play event unveiling an array of exciting titles that would make its way to the PlayStation 5 console, the company now finds itself in a precarious position. The revelation surfaced through an official blog post on the SIE (Sony Interactive Entertainment) website that was penned by Jim Ryan, the departing President and Chief Executive Officer of Sony Interactive Entertainment, shedding light on what he called an “extremely hard decision” for the company.

Why the layoffs?


Ryan in his blog post penned a heartfelt not of gratefulness to the employees and referred to them as “incredibly talented people” and thanked them for their contributions. Furthermore, he stressed on the importance of strategic changes to foster business growth and corporate development by saying “The industry has changed immensely, and we need to future ready ourselves to set the business up for what lies ahead. We need to deliver on expectations from developers and gamers and continue to propel future technology in gaming, so we took a step back to ensure we are set up to continue bringing the best gaming experiences to the community.”

He reassured PlayStation gamers that “our plans for reorganizing and streamlining are so we can continue to deliver the best gaming experiences possible.” In the email to staff, Ryan was quoted saying “tough decisions have become inevitable” indicating that the layoffs will affect employees across all Sony Interactive Entertainment regions, with several PlayStation Studios affected.

The fate of Game Developers

Developers such as Naughty Dog, Guerrilla , Insomniac and Firesprite will be heavily affected due to Sony’s decision. Since UK’s labor law requires a consultation process for mass layoffs, Sony decided to shut down the PlayStation London Studio instead. Naughty Dog studios, popularly known for games like Uncharted, and Last of Us, had released the remastered version of Last of Us II for the PS5 console on January 19, 2024, and made the announcement during this year’s Playstation State of Play event.

Horizon franchise from Guerrilla Games

Guerrilla Games, the makers of Horizon and Killzone had previously confirmed that it was working on an “online project” in the Horizon universe with the help of a new internal team, and that it would continue the nearly two-year work on “The Epic solo adventures for Aloy”. The studio even hinted at new cast of characters for the Horizon online project, but chances of new development appears to bleak following Sony’s decision.

Insomniac games, the makers of Spider-Man games, was reportedly working on a new game, Marvel’s Venom that was slated to release in 2025. Along with were two other titles in the pipeline being Marvel’s Wolverine slated for 2026 and Spider-Man 3 in 2028. Not just Insomniac but Firesprite studios too was immersed in the development of an untitled AAA narrative, but its fate too hangs in the balance with the latest news from Sony.

Playstation’s London studio that had created many Virtual Reality (VR) games was working on a “co-op” PlayStation 5 game that was set in modern fantasy London but it now stands cancelled due to the studio’s shutdown.

Ryan ended the mail by saying “While these are challenging times, it is not indicative of a lack of strength of our company, our brand, or our industry. Our goal is to remain agile and adaptable and to continue to focus on delivering the best gaming experiences possible now and in the future. “Thank you for your understanding during this difficult period. Please be kind to yourselves and to each other.”





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