Naughty Canine is reportedly chopping a few of its contracted employees. In response to a Kotaku report, the Sony-owned studio isn’t renewing the contracts of round 25 non permanent employees throughout quite a few departments, with high quality assurance employees primarily affected. Full-time employees had been apparently not impacted.
Naughty Canine is without doubt one of the jewels in Sony’s first-party crown, growing platform-exclusive hits like The Final of Us and the Uncharted collection. Again in January, a live-action interpretation of The Final of Us debuted on HBO to essential and social acclaim, however apparently, that reputation has not been sufficient to assist continued growth on its Final of Us multiplayer mission.
Earlier this yr, Bloomberg reported that growth on the multiplayer recreation had “slowed down” attributable to a poor inner evaluate from Bungie — a studio Sony not too long ago acquired that’s identified for making profitable, live-service multiplayer video games, together with Future 2. In response to sources within the Kotaku report, whereas the spinoff hasn’t been canceled, it’s at present “on ice.”
This yr has been nice for video games however abysmal for the individuals who make them. A number of studios throughout indie and AAA growth have been hit with huge, larger, and egregiously huge layoffs regardless of the business’s report income and 2023’s wealthy slate of blockbuster video games. Sentiment on social media has more and more favored unionization as a approach to protect employees from company abuses and assist them when layoffs inevitably occur. Naughty Canine, in accordance with sources, isn’t providing severance pay to the impacted contract employees — a safety unionization can present.