Sony Computer Entertainment Europe is going through some tough times at the moment. VideoGamer.com reported that many of Sony’s European first-party studios, such as Evolution Studios, Guerrilla Cambridge and Sony Computer Entertainment London are being forced to layoff employees. This news comes just a short time after it was reported that Naughty Dog developers Justin Richmond and Amy Henning, both of whom were working on the upcoming Uncharted 4, left the Sony first-party studio earlier this month.
An unnamed Sony spokesperson as quoted saying:
“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.“
How does this news strike you? This could be bad news for Sony, or it could just be a temporary setback. Sounds like from the quote that’s it’s just standard procedure, or that could be the spin team at work. Who knows these things? Only time will tell. Comment below with your thoughts on the issue.