A new report from Bloomberg, which has been confirmed by posts from employees on Twitter, has revealed Destiny 2 developer Bungie has been hit with an undisclosed number of layoffs. The reliable outlet reports chief executive officer Pete Parsons held a team meeting to "discuss today's events", which is owned by Sony following an acquisition in 2022.
This means Bungie joins an alarmingly long list of developers that have laid off employees in 2023, which from a Sony perspective, already includes the Visual Arts Service Group and Dreams studio Media Molecule. Looking at the wider industry, BioWare, multiple studios owned by the Embracer Group, publisher Team17, and Telltale Games have all let go of staff in the past six months. Shortly after it was announced Sony intended to buy Bungie, it was even reported the firm was spending more than $1 billion of its $3.6 billion acquisition on retaining employees.
Destiny 2 community manager Liana Ruppert was one of the employees let go, who tweeted her feelings on the matter:
As always, our thoughts go out to those affected and wish them the best of luck in finding new employment as soon as possible. Bloomberg also reports Marathon has been delayed as well as Destiny 2 DLC The Final Shape.