EA closes the door on Pandemic Studios
- Posted November 17th, 2009 at 19:59 EDT by Adam Dolge
- 47 Comments
It appears Electronic Arts has shut the doors of Pandemic, and in doing so, some 200 employees have lost their jobs. Kotaku reports that an internal memo from EA has confirmed the studio was shut down today with a “core IP team” being relocated to Electronic Arts’ Los Angeles office.
"I want to make it clear that the Pandemic brand and franchises will live on," Nick Earl, EA games label senior vice president, wrote in the memo. "In the months ahead, we will announce plans for new games based on Pandemic franchises.
"This type of change can be difficult. But the situation calls for us to act decisively, to take control of our destiny and to run a stronger, more focused development operation. That's how we will continue to make great games in our LA studios."
Key employees were laid off, including former CEO Andrew Goldman, former president Josh Resnick, and form VP of product development Greg Borrud. The studio started in 1998 and was purchased by EA in 2007 after successful releases of Full Spectrum Warrior, Star Wars: Battlefront, and Mercenaries.
Pandemic was working on the World War II era sandbox title The Saboteur, with a 2010 release date on multiple platforms. It’s unclear at this time how the closure will impact the game’s release.
- 3:00pm EST - November 17th, 2009
Wow, I'm going to miss them actually. They've had a great history of games. Even if it will live on, the name won't be there... just like Westwood Studios. God do I miss Westwood Studios.
- 3:02pm EST - November 17th, 2009
- 3:05pm EST - November 17th, 2009
Goodbye Pandeminc, you will be missed.
- 3:06pm EST - November 17th, 2009
and the recession-proof gaming industry takes another casuality :'( loved the mercs games
- 3:07pm EST - November 17th, 2009
DAMN, Battlefront and Mercenaries were awesome.
- 3:08pm EST - November 17th, 2009
- 3:10pm EST - November 17th, 2009
Full Spectrum Warrior was one of the best War Sims ever. I was really looking forward to a sequel...
- 3:11pm EST - November 17th, 2009
Wow they were just on PS blog promoting The Saboteur. It looked pretty much done. Wonder what will happen with it.
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- 3:14pm EST - November 17th, 2009
WTF!? The Saboteur is one of my Christmas titles !! It better still come out on its release date !!
- 3:17pm EST - November 17th, 2009
Every game I tried from them sucked. Mercenaries 2 and The Lord of the Rings the conquest or whatever also sucked.
- 3:21pm EST - November 17th, 2009
^ go you
lord of the rings conquest was incredible IMO
- 3:21pm EST - November 17th, 2009
EA strike again, i wonder who will be next
- 3:22pm EST - November 17th, 2009
Are you people mentally challenged?
It says "I want to make it clear that the Pandemic brand and franchises will live on,"
- 3:34pm EST - November 17th, 2009
EA bet a ton on casual gaming, and lost. Serves them right.
- 3:35pm EST - November 17th, 2009
One of the truly innovative groups in the industry. I usually don't care when they close down studios but this one... well, seems messed up.
- 3:41pm EST - November 17th, 2009
@ 14: What does that have to do with Pandemic being shut down?! They are the victims - not EA!
- 3:45pm EST - November 17th, 2009
this is typical of big companies buying up small developers. They buy them, thus gaining the rights to the good franchises, then either strip the company to the bone laying off jobs, or shut down the company blaming recession laying off tonnes of staff. Then the remaining (good) franchises now belong to the big company are finished, released & they get all the credit & earnings that the hard working folk from the small developer should of been entitled to. end result - Hard working folk trying to make their small company suceed are screwed whilst the the big company rakes in the money. i say - BOYCOTT EA. support the underdog
- 3:50pm EST - November 17th, 2009
I miss Westwood too, EA imo hasnt made a great CC game yet.
- 3:53pm EST - November 17th, 2009
According to Kotaku, almost the entire Command and Conquer staff will be eliminated as well once C&C 4 ships early next year...
- 3:57pm EST - November 17th, 2009
i love pandemic...
mercs 1 and battle front = best TPS other then socom and GTA on PS3...
come onnnnn... and saboteur looks great!
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