Dreams and LittleBigPlanet studio Media Molecule has been hit by the latest round of layoffs. The studio has confirmed that 20 staff have been let go as the studio downsized from 135 employees down to 115.
The layoffs mark Sony’s fourth studio to cut down staff. In the past few weeks Naughty Dog, PixelOpus and Visual Arts were affected by layoffs.
In a statement, Media Molecule confirmed the news saying that the company has made significant strategic changes during the past year. The studio recently moved away from its recent Dreams game to start working on a new project.
“Media Molecule has made significant strategic changes during the past year, including shifting our focus from Dream to our new project. We have had to make the difficult decision to being the consultation process for team members within certain departments of the studio. This is a tough moment for the individuals impacted and the studio overall.”
While Dreams has been a somewhat success for the studio, Media Molecule hasn’t released any new game in close to ten years. The last game, LittleBigPlanet 3 was co-developed between Sumo Digital and Media Molecule. The studio then worked on Dreams from 2012 and the game finally left early access in 2020.
We don’t know what Media Molecule is working on at the moment. However, the studio is known for its unworldly projects and its emphasis on “play, create, share”.