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[CVG] Visceral is closing, EA layoffs hit LA, Montreal and 'smaller locations'

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EA has laid off an unspecified number of staff at its Los Angeles and Montreal studios, EA Labels boss Frank Gibeau has confirmed.

In an official statement, Gibeau said, "Thousands of our existing employees have been retrained and redeployed to work on the new platforms and initiatives. But when it is not possible to redeploy a team, we soften the tough decisions with assistance.
He added, "This week we let some people go in Los Angeles, Montreal as well as in some smaller locations. These are good people and we have offered outplacement services and severance packages to ease their transition to a new job."

According to various unconfirmed reports, Montreal-based Visceral Games could be set to close altogether.

Visceral is the studio behind Dead Space, and is currently working on Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel.

Source:

http://www.computerandvideogames.com/392900/ea-layoffs-hit-la-montreal-and-smaller-locations/

Link about Visceral's closing:

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=514816

Also a tweet:

https://twitter.com/missharvey/status/304678545387565056

Next stop: Bioware ? Or maybe it's early, they need to ruin couple of more games rolleyes.gif

Needless to say, it's sad to see more people are going to join to the army of unemployees, i hope they'll find their new places ASAP.
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Originally Posted by Alvarez View Post

Source:

http://www.computerandvideogames.com/392900/ea-layoffs-hit-la-montreal-and-smaller-locations/

Link about Visceral's closing:

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=514816

Also a tweet:

https://twitter.com/missharvey/status/304678545387565056

Next stop: Bioware ? Or maybe it's early, they need to ruin couple of more games rolleyes.gif

Needless to say, it's sad to see more people are going to join to the army of unemployees, i hope they'll find their new places ASAP.

*EA shuts down visceral*

cool story EA, now shut down call of duty so we can live in peace.
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*EA shuts down visceral*

cool story EA, now shut down call of duty so we can live in peace.

Huh? CoD is under Activision, not EA.

I really liked the DS series. It's a shame to see this happen. A big question that comes up, though, is what's going to happen to Army of Two: Devil's Cartel?
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*EA shuts down visceral*

cool story EA, now shut down call of duty so we can live in peace.

doh.gif
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*EA shuts down visceral*

cool story EA, now shut down call of duty so we can live in peace.

Too soon.
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What?! I thought DS sold well? First Stalker, then THQ, now Dead Space this sucks
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*EA shuts down visceral*

cool story EA, now shut down call of duty so we can live in peace.

I know how this forum feels, and I'm not trying to start anything, but just because you don't like Call of Duty, doesn't mean everyone doesn't. I love going over to a friends house and playing split-screen. It's a relaxing game, because it's so simple. I love it.
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There's got to be more to this story. You don't close a studio right before it launches a medium-franchise game.

Also, Bioware is fine... Only "failures" since their EA acquisition was DA2 and that ME iOS game.

EDIT: Kill the tweet link: http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2013-02-21-ea-transition-leads-to-layoffs-in-montreal-and-los-angeles
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Though early reports pointed to the complete shutdown of Army of Two developers EA Montreal and Visceral Games Montreal, the company confirmed that the studios will continue to exist in some form.
It's just restructuring, happens when you get that large.
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There's got to be more to this story. You don't close a studio right before it launches a medium-franchise game.

Also, Bioware is fine... Only "failures" since their EA acquisition was DA2 and that ME iOS game.

EDIT: Kill the tweet link: http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2013-02-21-ea-transition-leads-to-layoffs-in-montreal-and-los-angeles
It's just restructuring, happens when you get that large.

Ah. That's good to hear then. I mean, still sucks that some are still getting laid off, but at least EA is doing something to make the transition easier for them.
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The gaming industries is falling apart everywhere... what is going on?

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