Bungie has become the most recent PlayStation studio to experience staff layoffs. While the extent of these job reductions was not immediately clear, several former employees started sharing on social media on October 30 that they had been let go.
Sony had acquired Bungie for $3.6 billion just last year during a period of intense acquisitions in the video game industry. Besides their renowned sci-fi MMO shooter, Destiny 2, Bungie is working on the extraction shooter Marathon and another original IP. Bloomberg had previously reported that the studio was involved in an internal assessment of Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us 2 multiplayer spin-off, which led to a halt in the project.
Destiny 2 developer Bungie is the latest PlayStation studio to have layoffs. Full scope isn’t clear yet, but CEO Pete Parsons emailed the company this morning to say they’ll be having a team meeting today to talk about “some news today coming out of Bungie” as staff are informed
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) October 30, 2023
I’ve been laid off from @Bungie. A surreal thing to write as I sit here pondering what went wrong. I’m still processing it all and while my first instinct is anger I know I’d regret what I’d say.
Thank you to everyone at Bungie who helped make my last 5+ years the best ever.
— Griffin Bennett (@GriffinWB) October 30, 2023
While Bungie has not made a public statement regarding the situation, employees impacted by the layoffs have begun to speak out. This morning, Liana Ruppert and Sam Bartley, both community managers from Bungie, took to X/Twitter to share that they had been let go from their positions.