Bungie developers have said that the atmosphere at the studio is “soul-crushing” amid layoffs, cuts, and fear of a total Sony takeover.
In January 2024, Bungie announced that it would be laying off 150 employees, or about 7% of its workforce. The layoffs came as part of a restructuring effort to focus on Bungie’s core franchises, such as Destiny and Matter.
In addition to the layoffs, Bungie has also made a number of cuts to its development teams. For example, the studio has canceled a number of unannounced projects, and it has also reduced the size of its live operations team.
These changes have led to a sense of uncertainty and anxiety among Bungie developers. Some developers have expressed concerns that the layoffs and cuts are a sign that Bungie is losing its independence and becoming more beholden to Sony.
In interviews with Kotaku, several Bungie developers expressed their concerns about the studio’s current state.
One developer said that the atmosphere at the studio is “soul-crushing.” The developer said that the layoffs and cuts have created a sense of fear and uncertainty, and that it has been difficult to focus on work.
Another developer said that they are worried about the future of Bungie. The developer said that they are concerned that Sony will eventually take full control of Bungie, and that this will lead to a loss of creative freedom.
Sony has responded to the concerns of Bungie developers by saying that it is committed to supporting Bungie’s creative vision. Sony has also said that it is not planning to take full control of Bungie.
However, the concerns of Bungie developers are likely to continue to linger. The layoffs and cuts have created a sense of uncertainty and anxiety, and it is unclear what the future holds for Bungie.