Daybreak Games Company, formerly Sony Online Entertainment, has announced a studio realignment which includes a number of staff layoffs.
"Last week we announced that we were acquired and are now operating independently as Daybreak Game Company," explained the studio on its forums. "To better position our newly independent studio for future growth opportunities and to deliver on our legacy of making top online games, we have had to make some tough choices including realignment of resources.
"Unfortunately, this realignment means adjusting staffing as well. We announced today that we will eliminate positions in our San Diego and Austin studios."
The post continued: "We deeply value our employees and never take these decisions lightly so we've done our best to do what's right for the people affected. Although extremely difficult, these are necessary actions that will ultimately drive improved results and help strengthen our company's foundation for success. Many of us are saying goodbye to close friends and colleagues who we've worked with over the years, and we are grateful for the memories and all that they've contributed. They will be greatly missed, and we wish them nothing but the best for the future."
The operation of current games will not be affected.
One known casualty of the restructuring is EverQuest franchise director of development David Georgeson. "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," he revealed on Twitter.
Source: Daybreak Company Update