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Square Enix Confirms Staff Layoffs

Weekend rumours about possible staff cuts at publisher Square Enix have been confirmed.

CVG reports that Square Enix’s public relations director, Riley Brennan has confirmed the layoffs as part of restructuring. However, the publisher added that none of its MMO titles would suffer as a result of the staff cuts.

Riley said in a statement, “In order to ensure it is operating effectively, the Square Enix Los Angeles office has reduced its workforce. This was a difficult decision and we wish the best for those affected by these changes. The decision will not have any impact on the operations of MMO titles. Customers can expect those services to continue, including the upcoming launch of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.”

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Despite some staff cuts and restructuring issues, Square Enix promises Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will be delivered as promised.

2012 has been a difficult year for game developers and publishers: THQ is struggling to keep its head above water, after a string of bad decisions and costly mistakes. Meanwhile, mobile games company Zynga is in the process of shutting its 13 worst performing games, following huge staff cuts and the closure of its Austin office.