Former H1Z1 Technical Director and PlanetSide Arena dev Josh “Autenil” Kriegshauser posted a tweet this evening suggesting that Daybreak has once again undergone layoffs.
“Sorry to hear about the layoffs at @DaybreakGames today,” he wrote. “Lots of friends were affected. 😭”
At least one of those laid off, programmer on H1Z1 and PlanetSide Alex Hoffman, confirmed the event: “I got let go from Daybreak Games today. So I’m looking for a job. […] I loved the people I worked with and I’m really proud of what we accomplished in my (nearly) 8 years there. I’ll always love Planetside.”
Kriegshauser himself gave his notice just a few weeks ago. He says the company is “still around, just smaller. More news in coming days and weeks, I reckon.”
We don’t know how many people were let go nor which teams were affected.
Daybreak, as MMORPG players will know, has struggled mightily under its bizarrely obfuscated current ownership after being sold off from SOE in 2015. Just in the last year, it’s suffered multiple rounds of layoffs, project closures and cancellations, a huge esports financial scandal, and investment moves that looked pretty desperate. But recently, it’s been pouring love into EverQuest, EverQuest II, PlanetSide 2, and DC Universe Online; polling for a new fan event; and talking up the future of EverQuest. This summer, the studio was busy registering websites and trademarks for Darkpaw Games, Rogue Planet Games, and Golden Age Studios, plus it registered a new Daybreak Game Studios LLC. And of course, the company revived PlanetSide Arena just a few weeks ago, though the early access hasn’t gone over that well.