Sony laid off members involved in its VR projects
VR has been the next big “thing” in gaming for a while now, even if its high price point and significant barrier of entry has stifled wide-spread use of the new technology. Sony is on the forefront of bringing this new tech to a wider audience with their PSVR that will allow their huge user base to experience VR in a somewhat affordable manner. They have a bunch of developers in charge of developing software for the new technology and it seems that they are going through some “restructuring”.
Sony have laid off a bunch of staff within their London Studios, who have been responsible for the PSVR game, London Heist, amongst various other projects they have done over their 15-year lifespan. Similarly, they have also laid off staff in their San Diego Studios, the developers behind MLB: The Show. Sony have stated that these layoffs are because of restructuring within these studios and not because of any other more worrying factors. Here is what they had to say about the layoffs in London Studios:
The news isn’t as bad as one might initially think as these layoffs are simply the result of some restructuring, but it still sucks that a number of talented people will be left without work for the foreseeable future. It’s at least a relief that these layoffs aren’t the result of some dire circumstances within their studios. We wish those affected the best of luck in their future endeavours.