Bungie, the developer behind the Destiny franchise and the upcoming shooter Marathon, is the latest PlayStation studio to be hit with layoffs. This includes long-time community manager Liana Ruppert and a number of other roles at the company that are now surfacing on social media. It’s unclear why or exactly how many roles have been terminated at Bungie, though it seems significant enough that the CEO had to call a company-wide meeting to discuss the situation.
Bungie CEO Pete Parsons released a statement shortly after reports appeared online, confirming that Bungie had to undergo some layoffs. Ruppert took to Twitter/X to express their disappointment and sadness about the news, saying, “Well… my heart is breaking for all affected. I am now looking for opportunities. I have 21 years of games industry experience in media, production, and community management. I’m processing,I’m so heartbroken. I don’t know what to do from here… this was my home. I feel so lost.”
Parsons’ short statement on the layoffs at Bungie reads:
“Today is a sad day at Bungie as we say goodbye to colleagues who have all made a significant impact on our studio. What these exceptional individuals have contributed to our games and Bungie culture has been enormous and will continue to be a part of Bungie long into the future. These are truly talented people. If you have openings, I would highly recommend each and every one of them.”
The community hasn’t taken the news kindly, especially towards the statement released by Parsons. Many felt that this could’ve been avoided had Bungie operated under better management while others questioned what happened to Sony’s security (and the $3.7 billion acquisition cash injection) after PlayStation acquired the studio. Bungie hasn’t released a reason as to why these layoffs are happening which only caused further confusion and outrage online.
Another PlayStation studio, Media Molecule, was also impacted by staff layoffs last week. With reports about Naughty Dog potentially laying off staff as well, fans are left wondering what exactly is happening with PlayStation’s studios at the moment. The common theory is that Sony is scaling back the development of its planned live service games, leading to these sudden layoffs.
Source: Pete Parsons