PlayStation to Shut Down London Studio, Announces 900 Layoffs

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In a recent blog post by Hermen Hulst, head of PlayStation Studios, the gaming giant Sony is set to trim its gaming workforce globally, with 900 jobs getting the axe, marking about 8% of its employees. Unfortunately, the London Studio, established in 2002 and located in Sony’s Soho office, will also face closure.

The London Studio has been a key player in crafting major franchises like The Getaway and Singstar. Recently, it shifted focus to creating immersive VR experiences such as Blood & Truth, VR Worlds, and Wonderbook.

These changes will impact various PlayStation studios worldwide. In the U.S., affected employees will be personally contacted, while Japan plans to roll out a “next career support program.” In the U.K., Sony is entering a phase of collective consultation before making any final decisions, but the company has outlined its future plans.

Notably, London Studio had been actively working on a new franchise, as evident from job openings still advertised on its website.

As the gaming industry witnesses yet another round of layoffs, what lies ahead for gaming enthusiasts and the industry at large?