WildStar Studio Lays Off 40% of Workforce

NCSoft, the publisher of WildStar, has laid off a great number of the staff from their developer Carbine. Carbine Studios made the announcement via their official forum, noting the lay-offs due to canceled plans to bring the sci-fi themed MMO to China.

A portion of the announcement is below:

“Earlier this morning, Carbine Studios completed a reorganization of its operating structure. Moving forward, the studio will focus on operating and updating WildStar as a live game in the US and Europe. As part of this change, the studio has canceled its plans to bring WildStar to China.

Unfortunately, as a result of these changes, we’ve had to reduce staff. These cuts are directly tied to WildStar’s evolution from a product in development to a live title, to the cancellation of work to bring WildStar to China, and to the overall performance of WildStar since launch in 2014.

These kinds of decisions are exceptionally difficult. The talented and passionate professionals who are impacted by these cuts have been valuable team members and respected colleagues. We wish everyone well for the future and will be providing severance and employment search assistance.”

Polygon has estimated the number of lay-offs at Carbine to be around seventy people, or 40% of their employees.

At the end of the announcement, Carbine Studios promises they are still committed to WildStar in the U.S. and Europe, with “community events” and a “significant update”occurring soon.

To read the announcement in its entirety (although most of it is above), click here.

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