Though there’s yet to be any official word — which will probably include language like “restructuring to better position ourselves for a competitive marketplace” — it appears that Perfect World has been hit hard by a wave of layoffs this week.
MassivelyOP is reporting that the layoffs, called a “slaughter” by some involved, occurred yesterday and accounted for 18 people at Cryptic Studios alone. Champions Online is reportedly in a form of “maintenance mode,” while former City of Heroes lead designer Matt Miller was among those let go, though he found time to plug the Hex $100k tournament on his way out the door.
— Matt Miller (@MMODesigner) March 17, 2015
Perfect World is working on another, “top secret” project, which apparently hasn’t been affected by the layoffs, but MassivelyOP’s source — who is still employed — admits to a “somber” feel around the office. We’ll update this piece as we hear more confirmed news.