Realignment: (n.) a dispassionately mechanical term referring to the restructuring of a company to suit unspecific future interests in which some unfortunate folk will almost always lose their jobs. Often damage control in relation to falling revenue.
Working from a tip that came in from an anonymous source, PC Gamer fired over a query to NCsoft's Public Relations Director Lincoln Davis, who apparently denied that the MMO publisher's Seattle studio was closing, bt did confirm that a "realignment" was underway.
“NCsoft is realigning internal publishing resources to better suit the needs of our game development studios,” Davis told PC Gamer. “As a result of the realignment, several employees and contract positions were affected. This was a very tough decision to make and wish the best for all NCsoft employees in their next ventures.”
NCsoft, the publishers behind Guild Wars 2 and the recently closed City of Heroes, suffered bouts of layoffs just over a year ago too, with "realignment" procedures at the Seattle, Austin, and Brighton studios back in October 2011 leading to redundancies.