Addressing rumors that surfaced on social media last week, Neverwinter publisher Perfect World Entertainment has confirmed that it recently underwent a round of layoffs. In a statement provided to Gamasutra, the studio said that it was a difficult decision to make but that none of the games it has published will be affected.
Headquartered in China and California, Perfect World is the parent company to Runic Games and owns Cryptic Studios, which developed Neverwinter and Star Trek Online for consoles and PC. The company also published Blacklight: Retribution. In December, it announced a collaboration with Evolve and Left 4 Dead developer, Turtle Rock, on a new IP. Full statement regarding the layoffs can be read below:
This week, Perfect World Entertainment did experience a reduction in staff of under 30 employees. Perfect World employs thousands of people from all over the world and decisions like this are always difficult. However, we are incredibly grateful for the contributions of those individuals impacted and will do our best to help each of them through this transition. This reduction in workforce will not impact any of the games published by Perfect World Entertainment.
Our thoughts go out to all those who have been affected.