Yesterday we heard reports that Bungie, the Destiny 2 designer just recently bought by Sony by $3.6 billion, was going through a round of layoffs, however we didn't get a great deal of information on the scope of what was going on or factors for the studio shedding staff members. Well, today Bloomberg's Jason Schreier offered some extra details, and the image he paints of organization at Bungie is a bit bleak.
According to Schreier, Bungie has actually cut around 8 percent of its labor force, or over 100 individuals. While numerous of the individuals let go were from PR, HR, and other assistance departments, some core designers have actually been laid off. Why is Bungie laying individuals off? Throughout a current conference, Bungie CEO Pete Parsons supposedly exposed that income was 45 percent listed below forecasts for the year-- a quite extreme miss out on in a market where consistent development is the suitable. This profits deficiency was straight blamed on the apathetic reception to Destiny 2: Lightfall, a growth that was expected to provide the penultimate chapter in the story that's been running given that Destiny started, however was eventually slammed for an absence of significant story advancements and material.
This sheds some extra light on previous reports that Bungie has actually postponed Destiny 2: The Final Shape growth from early 2024 to the summertime of that year. The storyline-ending growth is stated to be getting great, however not fantastic, feedback from testers and Bungie certainly requires it to provide. Bungie's revival of their Marathon franchise is stated to have actually been pressed to 2025.
Certainly, this turn of occasions can't make PlayStation delighted as Bungie was expected to be the foundation of a brand-new live-service-focused push. Layoffs have actually likewise just recently struck studios like Naughty Dog and Media Molecule, and experts think PlayStation is most likely in the middle of a bigger restructuring.
What are your ideas on this circumstance? Can Bungie turn their Destiny 2 company around? Or is the franchise just running out of gas? What does this all indicate for Sony's bigger live service aspirations?