Layoffs are never good news.
According to an official statement given to GameSpot , Sony has been forced to reduce the workforce at the company's internal Santa Monica Studio.
"SCEA can confirm that we have completed a reduction in workforce at Santa Monica Studio. This is a result of a cycle of resource re-alignment against priority growth areas within SCE WWS. We do not take these decisions lightly. However, sometimes it is necessary to make changes to better serve the future projects of the studio. We have offered outplacement services and severance packages to ease transition for those impacted."
The God of War developer is currently assistant Ready at Dawn with the anticipated PlayStation 4 exclusive, The Order: 1886 . There are reports that one of Santa Monica's projects were canceled as a result of this round of layoffs, but Sony hasn't commented on that. Let's just hope this doesn't affect the development process of The Order ; we're not sure just how big of a role the GoW designers have.
Sony Santa Monica opened in 1999 and we're hoping they stick around for a while longer.