[UPDATE] In line with a brand new article posted on Bloomberg, Bungie has internally delayed Future 2: The Closing Form to June 2024, whereas Marathon is now slated for 2025.
[ORIGINAL STORY] Bungie, the creator of the Halo franchise and, most not too long ago, developer of the Future franchise, has been hit by layoffs. The information was first damaged by Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier on Twitter, who revealed that CEO Pete Parsons known as a workers assembly earlier at the moment to announce the information.
Bungie Neighborhood Supervisor and former journalist Liana Ruppert confirmed on Twitter she was immediately laid off this morning. The complete scope of the layoffs is at present unknown, so we’ll replace the story when extra specifics change into publicly accessible. In the meantime, former Future developer Ben Platnick, a VFX artist now at Riot, pointed newly unemployed folks to Riot’s openings web page.
Bungie is barely the most recent in an extended sequence of sport builders that suffered layoffs this 12 months. Two of the latest circumstances concerned studios owned by PlayStation (Bungie was acquired by Sony in 2022 for $3.6 billion): Media Molecule, which misplaced between 15 and 20% of its workforce, and Naughty Canine, which reduce round 25 contract staff.
Different gaming studios affected embody Epic, which eliminated almost 900 staff (round 16% of its headcount) a month in the past, and BioWare, which reduce 50 staff in late August. Prepared at Daybreak misplaced a 3rd of its workers earlier this 12 months as a part of widespread layoffs at Meta. Equally, Microsoft reduce 10K jobs throughout its many divisions, and a number of the layoffs included staff who labored at 343 Industries, The Coalition, and Bethesda. Even Riot reduce round 46 staff in January.
A lot of the aforementioned terminations are probably because of the overhiring spree that occurred within the COVID years. There have been a number of different situations of layoffs attributable to extra typical circumstances, although. For example, Immortals of Aveum developer Ascendant Studios misplaced half its workforce after the sport flopped; equally, Putting Distance Studios misplaced 32 staff following the unsuccessful launch of The Callisto Protocol.
Bungie is at present engaged on the Closing Form growth of Future 2, which is because of launch on February 27, 2024. Earlier this 12 months, the studio additionally introduced Marathon, a brand new sci-fi PvP extraction shooter primarily based on the favored IP. As of 2022, Bungie had round 1100 staff.