SOE lays off staff, cancels The Agency

After much struggling, SOE has finally given up the fight for their PS3/ MMO title, The Agency.
On top of this, the company has also confirmed that they will be shutting down three of their studios. Consequently, employees will also be let go.
The three studios officially shutting down are Denver, Seattle and Tucson, with the number of affected staff up at 205. Meanwhile, those who survived the layoffs will be moved transferred to the San Diego studio, reportedly for the Planetside Next, as well as an upcoming Everquest title.
Said SOE's statement: "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."
He reassures, however, this restructuring will not have any effect on the company's current portfolio of live games.
Via [PC Gamer]

agency-thumb After much struggling, SOE has finally given up the fight for their PS3/ MMO title, The Agency.

 

 

 

After much struggling, SOE has finally given up the fight for their PS3/ MMO title, The Agency.On top of this, the company has also confirmed that they will be shutting down three of their studios. Consequently, employees will also be let go.

 

The three studios officially shutting down are Denver, Seattle and Tucson, with the number of affected staff up at 205. Meanwhile, those who survived the layoffs will be moved transferred to the San Diego studio, reportedly for the Planetside Next, as well as an upcoming Everquest title.

 

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Said SOE's statement: "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."

 

He reassures, however, this restructuring will not have any effect on the company's current portfolio of live games. The last time we heard of The Agency was back in July 2010, still having some fight left, and still putting out a release window.


 

Via [PC Gamer]