Sony Online Entertainment, the arm of Sony that made Everquest, Planetside, Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures, the Magic: The Gathering Tactics, DC Universe Online, Bullet Run has sacked staff from both its San Diego and Austin offices.
The company announced a, "reduction in our workforce" on its own blog before closing off all comments and responses, even using a form of censorship that passes as 'respectful'. The statement read:
"Today we announced a reduction in our workforce at SOE. As a company, our goal is to
focus on our core expertise of MMO games and as part of these efforts, we had to make
the difficult decision to eliminate positions to help reduce costs, streamline our
employee base and strategically align resources towards our current portfolio of games
and upcoming slate of MMOs, including EverQuest Next Landmark
"We deeply value our employees and are grateful for all they’ve contributed to our
company and games. They will be missed by colleagues and friends, and we wish them
well in the future."
We certainly wish them well because against heavy internal odds and in the face of faster-to-market MMOs, the staff at SOE have always been genuine and imaginative people.
Sony finished its statement with a fist in a soft, soft glove:
"Out of respect for our employees, we request that you do not discuss personnel matters on our forums. Thank you for your understanding."
So, yeah, don't discuss how the hell this happened with PS4 coming and apparently being ideally placed for MMOs.