WildStar developer Carbine Studios has revealed it has been forced to lay off more than 60 of its staff in a planned restructuring by its parent company NCSoft. They’re not the only team taking the hit, with Guild Wars 2 outfit ArenaNet also losing staff, although its Carbine who has been hardest hit.
Carbine’s MMORPG arrived earlier this year to widespread positive reviews, but it’s currently unclear how successful WildStar has been since launch, particularly since it's one of the few MMOs still charging a monthly subscription. Earlier this week WildStar made the jump to Megaservers, merging a number of servers together to form two larger servers in the US and Europe. As well as this Carbine had also announced that it had cancelled any planned holiday events this year, citing quality concerns, which may or may not be linked to the layoffs.
In a statement provided to the press NCSoft said the following:
“Today we announced a restructuring of key operations within NC West. As a result of this restructuring, we are implementing staff reductions across our Western operations with the exclusion of ArenaNet. While decisions like this are always hard, they are necessary as we begin the implementation of a new strategy designed to strengthen our footing as a leader in global entertainment."
Carbine’s community manner Tony Rey claimed that losing the staff wouldn’t impact the continued development of WildStar, saying “Today NC West announced staff reductions across its Western operations. While this impacted several colleagues, the teams here at Carbine are committed to supporting WildStar to ensure you get the experiences you want well into the future.”
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