Following earlier reports of Sony Online Entertainment cutting jobs across various studios, the developer has now issued an official statement regarding this news, confirming the closure of Denver, Seattle and Tucson studios and the loss of 205 jobs.
In addition, SOE has announced the cancellation of The Agency, the spy MMO which was set to release on both PS3 and PC.
The company says it will continue to “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.”
We wish all of those effected by the job cuts good luck for the future.
Official statement from SOE:
“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.”