Joystiq reports from various anonymous sources that there have been layoffs in Square-Enix Los Angeles. (Wouldn’t that be a funny title for a Sleeping Dogs-like game?)
According to Joystiq’s sources, Square-Enix America mainly handled marketing, public relations and other logistics for North America. Half of marketing has been cut, an approximately 10 people, PR 7. Another sources notes close to around 20 people were let go, including IT, accounting and events. Another 5-10 may have left from community or support.
Two sources did not want their names released in fear of the effect of the severance package. Wow. This really is not the Golden Age of Square-Enix.
On the other hand, maybe this is a better thing overall for everybody. The lack of successful promotions of good games such as Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Tomb Raider, as well as the downfall of the JRPG franchise in America. However, this comes as news after Tomb Raider’s reboot launched at the peak of the franchise’s history, not to mention Sleeping Dogs’ success.
Do you think the changes in Square-Enix Los Angeles will have an impact in America?