It looks like Daybreak’s been hit with yet another round of layoffs


Former H1Z1 Technical Director and PlanetSide Arena dev Josh “Autenil” Kriegshauser posted a tweet this evening suggesting that Daybreak has once again undergone layoffs.

“Sorry to hear about the layoffs at @DaybreakGames today,” he wrote. “Lots of friends were affected. 😭”

At least one of those laid off, programmer on H1Z1 and PlanetSide Alex Hoffman, confirmed the event: “I got let go from Daybreak Games today. So I’m looking for a job. […] I loved the people I worked with and I’m really proud of what we accomplished in my (nearly) 8 years there. I’ll always love Planetside.”

Kriegshauser himself gave his notice just a few weeks ago. He says the company is “still around, just smaller. More news in coming days and weeks, I reckon.”

We don’t know how many people were let go nor which teams were affected.

Daybreak, as MMORPG players will know, has struggled mightily under its bizarrely obfuscated current ownership after being sold off from SOE in 2015. Just in the last year, it’s suffered multiple rounds of layoffsproject closures and cancellations, a huge esports financial scandal, and investment moves that looked pretty desperate. But recently, it’s been pouring love into EverQuest, EverQuest IIPlanetSide 2, and DC Universe Online; polling for a new fan event; and talking up the future of EverQuest. This summer, the studio was busy registering websites and trademarks for Darkpaw GamesRogue Planet Games, and Golden Age Studios, plus it registered a new Daybreak Game Studios LLC. And of course, the company revived PlanetSide Arena just a few weeks ago, though the early access hasn’t gone over that well.

We have reached out to Daybreak for comment. As always, our sympathies are entirely with the rank-and-file devs affected.

Source: Twitter, more. Cheers, Sorry No.
Update 11:30 PM
More confirmation rolling in tonight.

Update 10/12/2019 9:45 AM EDT
It looks like the PlanetSide crew was hit particularly hard; PlanetSide Reddit mods are reporting only one person now remains on the PlanetSide 2 team. (h/t Kinya) Also worth noting is that PlanetSide Arena just got a patch yesterday.
Update 10/12/2019 10:00 AM EDT
Several more PlanetSide 2 devs have popped up on Reddit to say their farewells (thank you Kinya!). Drew Matte, who worked as a game designer on the PlanetSide franchise, posted his goodbye

“[T]this team has done things way above expectations. Both attempting to make huge features, as well as doing our best to respond to and make the game better in general. While there were absolutely hiccups on the way, I feel the team did as much as they could with as much as was given to us. I plan to continue playing Planetside, and doing what I can to interact with the community, no longer as a dev, but as a friend. […] I have faith in Wrel and the changes going forward, the path that was set before is long, difficult, and entirely worth it.”

Bryan Burness was one of the “few original PS2 devs still at Daybreak” according to his post. He also says he was turned out yesterday and urges players to go easy on Wrel and A_Sites, who are left on the team.

“I was prepared for this, even considering leaving Daybreak on my own in recent months so don’t concern yourself with me, but please send your well wishes and support to all the people who were affected by todays layoffs; every single one of them are talented and passionate individuals and not one of them deserved this, to lose the caliber of people they lost today is a massive hit to the company and I hope the leadership understands what they just did for the sake of the fantastic people that remain and the future of Planetside itself.”

Update 10/12/2019 10:15 AM EDT
Kinya also noticed that Senior Animator Tom Tobey posted some confirmation that nobody on the EverQuest or EverQuest II teams was affected and those two games are fine. Daybreak itself, mind you, has still not responded for comment or issued a statement, so players are left to beg for these scraps from devs in the dang forums.

Update 10/12/2019 7:00 PM EDT

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I really hope Daybreak sells the EverQuest franchise to a better company willing to really take it to the next level before they ruin everything to the point there is nothing left of value.


Seems Planetside 2 is left with 1 programmer and Wrel, not enough to add the new continent and hub that were part made I feel. Great game but constantly had some major problem.

Hope the devs do alright.

Dankey Kang

I think they’re probably consolidating the PS2 and PS:A teams into one since the producer for PS2 has been let go.

Sarah Cushaway

I honestly wish they’d just sell the rights to EQ/EQ2 and let another company bring us a worthy sequel… or at least put some actual love into those games beyond a small expac every 8 or so months :/

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That sucks for those people for sure. I have to say though that my DCUO is still getting love. We get a lot of updates and a good cadence of new episodes. I have an active guild (league) that meets regularly for scheduled runs and events, and I see people everywhere in the game. So DCUO can’t be doing too bad.

Jeremy Barnes

They actually had enough people left for another *round* of layoffs?

Just sell of the assets already and let someone else take a crack at it.


If this is the result of Planetside Arena flopping, yikes. What was the plan? Push a barebones BR game out with no marketting and just hope tens of thousands of people would leave Apex and Fortnite to come play?


Maybe it was considered a last-ditch effort by the studio and what has been done is all that has been financially feasible.

Dankey Kang

Damn this sucks. R.I.P Planetside I guess, all good things must come to an end and all that.


The private equity part of me smells a company break-up in the future with a potential umbrella parent company


It’s crazy how H1Z1 went from tens of thousands of players to just a few hundred players average.