Layoffs have reportedly hit the staff over at Naughty Dog. A new report from Kotaku alleges the Last of Us developer has cut at least 25contractor jobs.
A pair of sources told the outlet the affected contractors are expected to work through the month of October. While the art and production departments were affected,the majority of reductions reportedly hit the QA team.
In a layoff–heavyyear, this is the biggestfirst-party PlayStation developer to get caught up in the proceedings.It’s further alleged no severance is being offered, and contractors (both those impacted and the ones remaining)have been told to keep quiet on the matter.
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Kotaku also claimedthe upcoming Last of Us multiplayer spinoff (previously dubbedFactions)is “on ice,”but not fully cancelled. Earlier in the year, a Bloomberg report revealedFactionsdevelopment was troubled and its resources had been diverted to other (presumably single-player) projects at the studio.
Following that Bloomberg report, Naughty Dog stated its team would keep on the project alongside a separate single-player offering. In recent months, the company has repeatedly insisted ahead of livestreams and celebrations of the Last of Us franchise that it wouldn’t be revealing a new project during those events.
Factionshas been previously touted as a big live-service offering, one of many that ex-Sony Interactive head Jim Ryan touted in recent years. One other such project is a multiplayer spinoff for Guerrilla’s Horizon series, which appears to still be in development.