Layoffs In Another PlayStation Studios Team!?

Since this studio is also tied to the unannounced, live service AAA PvP shooter game, the project probably failed or had to be redesigned to meet the company’s expectations…


Quoting ourselves from the day before yesterday: “Last year, it was rumored to develop with another studio, Deviation Games, which is making a console-exclusive new IP for PlayStation 5. Eric Hewitt, one of the developers of Final Strike, tweeted last October that he had just finished his first week on the team and had met some incredibly passionate people over the five days and had met the Deviation Games team as part of the launch.”

In relation to Deviation Games, VGC has posted that in addition to Final Strike Games, Deviation Games has also had some significant cutbacks! It could confirm that Sony may have indeed canceled the game. According to VGC, Deviation has laid off 90 employees. Many ex-employees have shared on social media that they no longer work there, and Kyle Perras, a software engineer, wrote that “the studio ran into a difficult situation and was forced to lay off people,” and he was part of it.

In September last year, Jason Blundell, a co-founder of Deviation Games and creative director, left the company, which had over 100 employees in 2021, when it signed a deal with Sony to publish the original IP the team was working on. “We’re drawing on what we’ve learned over our collective decades making games, but we’re also out to make something fresh and brimming with innovation as you’ve never experienced before. We’re not afraid to say that our ambitions are super high: we’re setting out to make a huge, content-rich game with a focus on a lot of action and a lot of energy, but let’s leave it at that for now, and hopefully, it won’t be long before we can share more,” they wrote on the PlayStation Blog at the time.

Meanwhile, Sony is still not saying anything about the situation. It’s likely to remain silent.

Source: VGC

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