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[Shacknews] EA Closing Need for Speed, Skate Dev. Black Box, 'At Least' Eight Others

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Electronic Arts has revealed that it will be closing "at least" nine facilities as part of its restructuring plan, including Need for Speed and Skate developer Black Box.

With Black Box closed, EA will relocate the studio's development teams and "associated game franchises" to a nearby office in Burnaby, British Columbia. The other "studio and publishing locations" facing closure were not named in the announcement.

Overall, EA will axe around 1,000 employees, roughly 10% of its global workforce. Previously, the publisher said it would cut 6% of its employees under the plan. The majority of these actions are planned to occur before March 31, 2009.

EA expects the plan will "result in annual cost savings of approximately $120 million," along with restructuring charges of around $55-65 million over the coming quarters.

The publisher also declared a newfound focus on "hit games with higher margin opportunities," following word that it will be canceling several unspecified games. However, the company stressed that it is still "committed to taking creative risks."

Black Box recently released the critical failure Need for Speed: Undercover and aided in the creation of Skate It for Wii and Nintendo DS. Skate 2, presumed to be the team's last Black Box-branded title, will hit PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on January 21.

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Well, i guess it's official now... shame for the Black Box employees considering how hyped NFS Undercover was...
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Well, i guess it's official now... shame for the Black Box employees considering how hyped NFS Undercover was...
Too bad Undercover was terrible. They'll get no sympathy, can't believe I paid $50 for a game straight out of 2005.
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Damn EA they are just going to drive themselves into the ground.
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Too bad Undercover was terrible. They'll get no sympathy, can't believe I paid $50 for a game straight out of 2005.
Yep. It simply wasn't finished. When I started playing it was thought... Holly ****, this isn't even finished. The graphics were horrible for how poorly it performed, there were glitches aplenty (not bad ones, but ones that were easily fixed), there were some annoying bits of gameplay that just made the gaem... IKK.

NFSU2 was the last good Need for Speed game.
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Need For Speed series started going downhill a long time ago... I think the best was NFS3: Hot Pursuit. Anyway, I hate EA. No sympathy from me.
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i hate EA with a burning passion
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I feel sorry for their employees, but I think that EA deserved this.
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Alright! Skate 2 still on track for release, not bad. It really would have been a pity if they canceled it this close to release. Of course it also wouldn't have made sense financially either.
    
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To be honest, I dont understand what everyone is complaining about... I have bene playing Undercover off and on for about a week now and have enjoyed most of the gameplay thus far. I think the movies are over hyped on using womens breasts to sell the game, but aside from that the graphics are great, the missions are challenging, and the detail on everything in the game is more than decent. I dont think its worth the price I paid for it, but if it goes down to $40-50 cad at walmart, then I would think its worth it.

Either way, all of this discussion and stuffs means nothing as NFS is gone forever
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Either way, all of this discussion and stuffs means nothing as NFS is gone forever
Pfft, hardly. EA knows the NFS is a cashcow, it will just be moved to another developer.

Hopefully to whoever did Underground 2, it was the best of all the NFS games in my opinion.
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