Daybreak, the game studio behind EverQuest and H1Z1, is laying off a number of staff including David Georgeson, the man who has served as the face of EverQuest for many years, Kotaku has learned.
We don't know just how many people Daybreak is letting go, as staff are being informed right now whether or not they will remain employed with the company.
The newly-titled Daybreak, which was called Sony Online Entertainment for close to two decades, went independent and changed its name last week after Sony sold it to a New York-based management firm. Although the company was all smiles about the deal in public, staff were immediately told that the company would be laying people off in order to become "profitable," according to a person close to the studio.
"Most of management keeps trying to get people pumped up about the new direction, but no one knows for sure they'll be a part of it yet," said that person, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak with press about the layoffs.
We'll keep you updated as we hear more. PR representatives for Daybreak did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
UPDATE (2:02pm): Shortly after publication of this article, Daybreak sent over a statement:
As part of a strategic decision to rationalize the business, Daybreak Game Company announced today that it will eliminate positions in both its San Diego and Austin studios. This alignment of resources better positions the newly independent studio for future growth opportunities and developments, including delivering on its legacy of making top online games and establishing a solid foundation for future multi-platform success. These reductions will not affect the operation of current games and the company will continue on its mission to partner with its player community to drive the future and push the boundaries of online gaming.