Unfortunately, it looks like the recent tidal wave of redundancies isn't done sweeping through the games industry. In a new report from Kotaku, it appears Naughty Dog is laying off dozens of contractors.
Sources "familiar with the situation" have told Kotaku that Naughty Dog informed those affected of the job cuts last week. The quality assurance team is most heavily impacted, though some contract jobs have also been cut in other departments. Those same sources say "at least" 25 people have been made redundant.
Sadly, the report gets worse. Apparently, these contract workers won't receive any severance pay, and everyone at the studio is "being pressured to keep the news quiet". Those losing their jobs will remain in place until the end of October.
Little is known about what the studio is working on, though the Last of Us multiplayer game is going through some real development pains. It may still come out eventually and be amazing, but after Bungie's internal review essentially gave the game a thumbs down, it's clear Naughty Dog is struggling.
As alluded to earlier, Naughty Dog is far from the only gaming company going through a run of layoffs. Epic Games is cutting jobs, largely at developer Mediatonic, while Crystal Dynamics, SEGA, and Team 17 are also downsizing.
Hopefully all those affected land on their feet.