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Bungie Latest Developer To See Layoffs, Reportedly Also Delaying Future Releases

The latest heart-breaking chapter of 2023’s gaming staff losses

The most recent big name studio to be hit with the recent plague of staff losses is Destiny developer Bungie, with many individuals already sharing their unemployment status on social media. Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier initially reported that a meeting had been called by the head of the company to update the staff, before Pete Parsons (CEO of Bungie) publicly made it known:

Further reports then confirmed that an ongoing impact to their existing projects would also occur, with the next Destiny expansion The Final Shape being pushed to June 2024 and new game Marathon now slated for a 2025 release.

While no public statement regarding these titles has been made, the above news has been reported as an internal communication to staff.

A problematic development, given that the recent acquisition by Sony to wholly own Bungie as a company had apparently come with a financial caveat that close to 1.2 billion dollars of the deal would be set aside to ensure staff retention. Less than 12 months later, we are still seeing staff firings – with the full scope not yet really revealed. Individuals with quite a history at Bungie have reported the loss of their position, so it’s quite a broad swathe of employees being let go.

It’s the most recent chapter in a depressing spiral of studio layoffs, made all the worse by the stellar year of releases the gaming community has enjoyed.

Written By Ash Wayling

Known throughout the interwebs simply as M0D3Rn, Ash is bad at video games. An old guard gamer who suffers from being generally opinionated, it comes as no surprise that he is both brutally loyal and yet, fiercely whimsical about all things electronic. On occasion will make a youtube video that actually gets views. Follow him on YouTube @Bad at Video Games

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