Recently announcing they would be eliminating 'just over 4 percent of it's full-time workforce', SOE has downsized in a move that will somehow make life better for it's customers. The move will also make sure that SOE can develop games for a 'wider, more diverse audience'.
Some of the individuals being let go are recognizable names in the MMO industry, particularly EverQuest II and Vanguard. Amongst the 35 are Brett 'Timetraveling' Scheinert, William 'Wigin' Bidermann, and Joel 'Raijinn' Sasaki. Raid designers, community managers, and various marketers apparently did not make it into SOE's financial plan for the rest of the year.
It's always unfortunate to hear when any layoffs occur, and even worse when they're very recognized (and respected) members of their community. We wish the best of luck to those who're now searching for new employment.