Bungie’s Community Manager, Urk, took to the Bungie.net forums to deny any rumors and speculation on all fronts. The developer denies that the rumors that Bungie has recently fired as many as thirty contract employees without notice on request from Activision, is FALSE. What they didn’t address was whether or not the rumors of the whole FPSMMO named Destiny is a reality or not.
I guess you can’t really expect them to at this point either.
Here’s what Urk had to say in full:
Don’t believe everything that you read.
This evening, Kotaku Australia published a blog entry to their website claiming that Bungie recently terminated as many as thirty contract employees without notice or justification, effectively eliminating all non full time staff at the request of our publisher, Activision-Blizzard.
The claim is false.
Bungie has never been asked to lay off any employees or contract employees by our publisher, Activision-Blizzard, for any reason. The talented professionals who grace our offices day in and day out are the lifeblood of Bungie – our most cherished commodity – and the unsubstantiated rumors posted today are in direct opposition to the culture and values that we believe make Bungie an exceptional place to work, and to call home.
(Oh, and since we’re on the subject, we’re hiring.)
To clarify, Bungie has not experienced layoffs or group firings of any kind.