Around 50 developers have lost their jobs this morning after Sony shut down Guerrilla Cambridge, maker of the PlayStation VR launch title RIGS.
In a statement to the BBC, Sony said that "we believe we will be in a stronger position going forward and able to offer the best possible content of the highest quality to our players". The company added that the layoffs would not impact Guerrilla Games in Amsterdam, which is developing Horizon: Zero Dawn.
Before RIGS, Guerrilla Cambridge helped develop the Killzone series. LittleBigPlanet and Killzone. The studio opened in 1997 after Sony acquired Millennium Interactive, which was responsible for Cloud Kingdoms, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Diggers, Defcon 5 and many more.
The decision to shut down Guerrilla Cambridge was part of an internal Sony review of PlayStation's assets and resources, and comes one year before the studio's 20th anniversary. It also comes not long after last year's closure of Evolution Studio, the maker of DRIVECLUB. Sony maintains other British studios, however, including SIE London (SingStar, PlayStation VR Worlds) and Media Molecule (LittleBigPlanet, Tearaway, Dreams).