Monday, November 23, 2009

Downsized Developers Go All Office Space on EA Property

Electronic Arts recently shuttered Pandemic Studios, a reasonably pedigreed bunch with a reasonably impressive resume, including Star Wars: Battlefront and Mercenaries. The studio's latest title, The Saboteur, will also be its last.

Pandemic's closure is part of a 1,500-job purge at publishing giant EA, which has been struggling for over a year now. The studio also slashed its game lineup and trimmed staff at Spore studio Maxis. The studio behind Command & Conquer 4 will be scuttled after the game's release.

Grim times. It raises ghosts of last year's onslaught, when design studios Free Radical, Factor 5 and Ensemble were all toast before New Year's Eve. A little humbling might be exaclty what this industry needs, but it's tough seeing so many talented developers on the streets.

Well, the lads at Pandemic decided a little payback was in order. The printer they get medieval on was, in fact, used by The Saboteur team. Looks like EA won't be recuperating this loss.