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Layoffs hit former SOE studio Daybreak Game Company, includes EverQuest lead

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The game developer formerly known as Sony Online Entertainment, the home of EverQuest, PlanetSide and H1Z1, is undergoing layoffs today, according to former employees of the studio. The recently rebranded Daybreak Game Company is cutting back under its new ownership.

Included in the layoffs are prominent employees David Georgeson, former director of development at SOE, and Linda Carlson, former director of global community relations. On Twitter, Georgeson said he's no longer guiding the EverQuest games, saying, "Other dreamers will steer now." Carlson wrote on Facebook that she'd been "released from the best and most challenging job I have ever had."

The studio confirmed the layoffs in an email to Polygon and offered the following statement.

"As part of a strategic decision to rationalize the business, Daybreak Game Company announced today that it will eliminate positions in both its San Diego and Austin studios. This alignment of resources better positions the newly independent studio for future growth opportunities and developments, including delivering on its legacy of making top online games and establishing a solid foundation for future multi-platform success. These reductions will not affect the operation of current games and the company will continue on its mission to partner with its player community to drive the future and push the boundaries of online gaming."

The developer didn't detail the extent of the layoffs.

Last week, Sony Online Entertainment announced it had been sold off by Sony and renamed Daybreak Game Company. Daybreak retained ownership of its legacy and in-development games, saying it planned to continue work on projects like EverQuest Landmark, EverQuest Next, PlanetSide 2, H1Z1 and more.

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