Star Trek Online Dev Suffers Layoffs

Round of layoffs affect both Cryptic Studios and Perfect World's office in Redwood Shores, according to insiders.

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Perfect World Entertainment, which operates massively multiplayer online games such as Star Trek Online and Neverwinter, has suffered a round of layoffs, according to new reports.

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Massively Overpowered has heard from a source at Cryptic Studios, a subsidiary of Perfect World and the team behind Star Trek Online and Neverwinter, that 18 people were let go from the company, making up around 14 percent of the developer's total staff.

Meanwhile, the source added that Perfect World's office in Redwood Shores, California was hit "significantly harder" by the restructuring. In a since-deleted tweet, one former staffer referred to the layoffs as a "slaughter."

GameSpot has contacted Perfect World, asking for further clarification into the reports.

Affected staffers made their departures known on Twitter. Among those laid off was Matt Miller, who previously worked at the company as lead designer for City of Heroes.

Development on Champions Online and Perfect World's unannounced projects are unaffected by this week's reported layoffs, according to the source.

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