Planetside 2, EverQuest, and H1Z1 announce they are letting staff go.
Last week the news came out that Sony Entertainment Online (developers of Planetside 2 and H1Z1) had been bought, and had changed their name to Daybreak Game Company.
On Wednesday this week the company announced that staff layoffs are occurring in order to "rationalize the business".
Former employees of the studio first confirmed to Polygon that the layoffs were happening. A couple of the employees that have been let go include former director of development at SOE, David Georgeson, and former director of global community relations, Linda Carlson.
Georgeson announced his departure via Twitter, referring to the EverQuest franchise.
Yeah, I'm sorry folks but it's true. LM, eqn, eq and eqii are no longer guided by moi. Other dreamers will steer now.— David Georgeson (@DaveGeorgeson) February 11, 2015
Carlson wrote on Facebook about leaving the company, saying she had been "released from the best and most challenging job [she had] ever had".
Daybreak issued the following statement about the layoffs to Polygon:
""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."
No word was given to detail the amount of employees being let go.