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The Agency Cancelled, Layoffs at SOE

joshuaboy
joshuaboy Members Posts: 10,858 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited April 2011 in IllGaming


Over 200 employees let go. Three studios closed.



Sony Online Entertainment has gone through a company-wide reorganization today, and in the process cancelled the long-developed massively multiplayer online project The Agency and closed studios in Denver, Colo., Seattle, Wash., and Tucson, Ariz.

The reorganization, which will eliminate approximately 205 jobs, was done to "reduce costs and streamline its global workforce." The company also cancelled The Agency, first revealed in 2007, so it could "focus development resources on delivering two new MMOs based on its renowned PlanetSide and EverQuest properties." SOE claims this move will not affect its current portfolio of titles available now, such as DC Universe Online.

Below is SOE's statement in full:

As part of a strategic decision to reduce costs and streamline its global workforce, SOE announced today that it will eliminate 205 positions and close its Denver, Seattle and Tucson studios. As part of this restructuring, SOE is discontinuing production of The Agency so it can focus development resources on delivering two new MMOs based on its renowned PlanetSide and EverQuest properties, while also maintaining its current portfolio of online games. All possible steps are being taken to ensure team members affected by the transition are treated with appropriate concern.
This strategic decision will have no impact on SOE's current portfolio of live games; additionally SOE will transition development efforts for the Denver and Tucson studios' suite of products to its San Diego headquarters. This strategic alignment of development resources better positions SOE to remain a global leader in online gaming and deliver on its promise of creating entertaining games for players of all ages, and servicing the 20 million players that visited SOE servers in just the past year.

Comments

  • focus
    focus The #1 Nigga, I Don't Need No Hype. Members Posts: 5,362 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2011
    Not surprised.
  • earth two superman
    earth two superman ladies please dont fight. E2S is here all night! Members Posts: 17,149 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2011
    I wasnt gonna play an MMO anyway. They probably want to put focus nh on maintaining DCU online and the new Realms 🤬 , both which already have fans. Never good to hear ppl losing jobs though.
  • joshuaboy
    joshuaboy Members Posts: 10,858 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2011
    So, is Agent and Agency two different games?
  • earth two superman
    earth two superman ladies please dont fight. E2S is here all night! Members Posts: 17,149 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2011
    joshuaboy wrote: »
    So, is Agent and Agency two different games?

    yeah, agent is a R* ps3 exclusive (which I doubt will stay exclusive). i think it takes place in the cold war.

    agency was a mmo made by sony.
  • focus
    focus The #1 Nigga, I Don't Need No Hype. Members Posts: 5,362 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 2011
    joshuaboy wrote: »
    So, is Agent and Agency two different games?

    You can forget about "Agent" too. Between L.A. Noire, Max Payne 3, and GTA V that game is either...

    1. Cancelled
    2. Will see Duke Nukem Forever level delays
    3. Go multiplatform
  • joshuaboy
    joshuaboy Members Posts: 10,858 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 2011
    focus wrote: »
    You can forget about "Agent" too. Between L.A. Noire, Max Payne 3, and GTA V that game is either...

    1. Cancelled
    2. Will see Duke Nukem Forever level delays
    3. Go multiplatform


    That is all that matters right now.
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