SOE has confirmed the closing of it’s Denver, Seattle, and Tuscan studios and the fact that 205 people have lost their jobs. SOE has also announced the cancellation of The Agency, the PC and PS3 spy MMO that was delayed many times. The company has said they’re focusing their development resources on two new MMOs based it’s PlanetSide and EverQuest series. SOE has also stated that all of the Denver and Tuscan projects are being moved over to it’s San Diego headquarters.
It’s always an unfortunate thing when people get laid off and studios shut down, it’s even more unfortunate when a game is cancelled and most people thought that it was cancelled long ago. I mean, who really thought that The Agency was still in development before the announcement? I certainly didn’t.
SOE’s official statement is below:
“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.”