FromSoftware President Says No to Mass Layoffs, Opts for Employee Support Instead

By Thea Felicity

Jun 18, 2024 01:43 PM EDT


(Photo : Screenshot from FromSoftware Official Website)

Hidetaka Miyazaki, president of FromSoftware and creator of Elden Ring, reassured in an interview that the studio would avoid mass layoffs under his leadership. He also expressed a commitment echoed by the parent company, Kadokawa.

As reported by Eurogamer, Miyazaki drew parallels to Nintendo's Satoru Iwata, emphasizing the importance of job security in fostering creativity and quality game development.

During his discussion, Miyazaki reflected on FromSoftware's evolving identity and the trust players place in the studio. 

He stressed the importance of delivering value to gamers while recognizing diverse perspectives among new directors and designers. Miyazaki also credited fan support for boosting Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon sales, showing that FromSoftware remains committed to maintaining player trust amidst the upcoming Elden Ring DLC release.

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FromSoftware's Alternative for Layoffs

Despite industry-wide layoffs exceeding 10,000 in 2024, Miyazaki mentioned the Japanese studios' efforts to support employees, contrasting with global trends. 

For FromSoftware, supporting employees helps maintain morale and loyalty among existing staff, creating a positive work environment as evidenced by their recent game releases.

With the upcoming release of Elden Ring, avoiding layoffs is expected not just to preserve institutional knowledge within the game studio but also to improve what fans have been calling for.

Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree DLC is slated for release on June 21 across major gaming platforms.

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