Again in October Future developer Bungie shocked many trade watchers after they enacted a deep spherical of layoffs, though the transfer grew to become extra comprehensible when it was revealed Future 2 missed its 2022 income targets by a whopping 45 %. Clearly, issues should not going that effectively over at Bungie, however a brand new report from IGN’s Rebekah Valentine paints an much more dire image.
Based on Valentine’s sources, loads of what’s occurring at Bungie hinges on a possible full takeover of the corporate by Sony. Whereas Bungie has had quite a lot of completely different company overlords, they’ve all the time maintained their independence, however that could be about to finish. At present, the Bungie board of administrators is cut up between Bungie and Sony representatives, with Group Bungie holding a really slim stability of energy. Apparently, this board make-up depends on Bungie sustaining sure monetary targets – if the studio misses them, Sony has the facility to dissolve the board and take full management.
As such, it’s reported that the latest layoffs and different cost-cutting measures at Bungie come from the studio’s personal administration, as they attempt to preserve the books in stability with a view to keep away from a takeover. Different cost-cutting measures embody “a studio-wide hiring freeze, lowered journey budgets, elimination of vacation bonuses, preserving its annual Bungie Day digital, delaying its weeklong firm ‘Pentathalon’ occasion to subsequent December, and […] bonuses will solely be the contractually obligated 80% minimal, after being above 100% for good efficiency a number of earlier years working.” Oh, and month-to-month knitting courses will now solely be quarterly (sure, that’s an actual reduce that is been made).
Evidently, this has not completed a lot for firm morale, with the present temper stated to be “soul-crushing.” Reportedly, management will not be doing a lot to allay issues, and have outright rejected the thought of taking pay cuts to keep away from as many layoffs.
At this level, loads is driving on Future 2: The Closing Form, the saga-ending growth which has been delayed by a number of months. Hopefully, Bungie can stick the touchdown, however there’s purpose to be skeptical given the present temper on the firm.
Future 2 will be performed on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Collection X/S, PS4, and PS5. The Closing Form is slated to launch in June of 2024.