The videogame industry can be a volatile place to work, with artists, coders, designers, and programmers not always guaranteed a permanent job, having to move between studios when projects are completed. Today its been confirmed that the team at Sony Interactive Entertainment’s London Studio will be downsized as it first virtual reality (VR) project wraps up.
London Studio is the developer behind The London Heist for PlayStation VR, and today Sony confirmed to GamesIndustry.Biz that there would be job losses at the studio.
In a statement SIE said: “Regular reviews take place throughout SIE Worldwide Studios, ensuring that the resources that we have in such a competitive landscape deliver on our strategic objectives in the best way possible.
“London Studio have done a great job in leading the way in VR development, and as their first project nears completion it is time to plan for the next VR project. The team will take all their learnings and experience as they move forward, however in order to achieve its ambitious goals, the Studio will need to restructure around the needs of the new projects.
“Unfortunately, there will be a number of compulsory redundancies within the London Studio. We accept that this will mean that we risk losing high calibre staff whose projects have reached completion and where possible, we will try to reallocate people to new projects currently being nurtured.
“If appropriate opportunities are not possible within the company, we will assist staff in any way we can, including speaking with local employers and with other Development companies.
“The London Studio has been an important part of Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios for over 15 years, and will continue to deliver ground breaking work and innovative titles.”
So while it might not mean the end of VR development at the studio, it does seem like there’s no current VR related projects to keep the team together.
As further details on future VR plans at London Studio are released, VRFocus will keep you updated.