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Bungie – like a number of other Sony first-party studios recently – has been hit by a wave of layoffs, as the Japanese giant seeks to streamline its business. Despite registering record revenues, the platform holder has been aggressively cutting jobs this year – a trend, which, to be fair, has been consistent across the entire tech sector in 2023.

In response to the job losses, CEO Pete Parsons has taken to Twitter to heap praise on all those now seeking new employment. “Today is a sad day at Bungie as we say goodbye to colleagues who have all made a significant impact on our studio,” he wrote. “What these exceptional individuals have contributed to our games and Bungie culture has been enormous and will continue to be a part of Bungie long into the future.”

He signed off with a recommendation to rival studios to consider hiring any affected individuals: “These are truly talented people. If you have openings, I would highly recommend each and every one of them.”

Of course, the message has not gone down well, with one user scathingly pointing out: “Your senior social lead probably would have recommended against this post, which you would have known had you not let them go. Pity.”

In addition to the layoffs, Bungie has also delayed Destiny 2’s upcoming expansion The Final Shape and reportedly pushed back its rebooted live service FPS, Marathon. Considering Sony stumped up a cool $3.6 billion on the developer to bolster its live service output, this is not exactly a good look, is it? Of course, our thoughts first and foremost are with all those who’ve lost their jobs.

[source twitter.com]