NC West has announced restructuring that has adversely affected Wildstar developer Carbine Studios.
60 staff members from Carbine have been laid off, not only in entry level but across all levels of staff. For those who may not know or remember, Carbine was mostly founded by veterans who polished their craft on World of Warcraft.
NC West continues to be devoted to Wildstar, as well as their other games Aion, Lineage, and Guild Wars, so fans can rest easy on fears that the game would be shelved.
NC West’s full statement is below:
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.
Moving forward, we will continue to focus on our core development capabilities and the intellectual properties (WildStar, Aion, Lineage, and Guild Wars franchises) that have made NCSOFT what it is today. However, we are looking to move into new business segments like mobile and tablet games as well as explore emerging technologies.
Again, the decision to reduce staff was not an easy one, and we sincerely wish everyone well in their next endeavors.