EA Montreal and Los Angeles Suffer Layoffs As EA Makes Next-Gen Transition
Written Friday, February 22, 2013 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
With the announcement of the PlayStation 4 earlier in the week, it seems that EA is already in the process of making the transition to next-gen technology, which in turns means a realignment in focus and sadly, some staff layoffs. These have hit EA's Montreal (AKA Visceral Games' Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel team, not the Dead Space one) and Los Angeles, and other EA staff "in smaller locations".
The news comes in a mission statement of sorts from EA President, Frank Gibeau, titled 'Transition Is Our Friend'. In the post, Gibeau acknowledges the PS4 announcement and the impending reveal of other next-generation "platforms and partnerships".
"For EA’s creative teams, this transition comes as no surprise. We’ve been investing and innovating on new technology for months. Console partners who have seen our early work agree, EA’s next-gen software is nothing short of astonishing," Gibeau writes, before going on to talk about Battlefield 4.
"At a GameStop company meeting earlier this week, we gave 500 store managers a sneak peak at Battlefield 4. The game received a huge ovation and thousands of fans reacted to a single enthusiastic Tweet by GameStop’s CEO," Gibeau goes on. Could Battlefield 4 be a next-generation title? It's not explicitly referred to as such, but it could be, especially given its tentative '2014' launch window.
"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," Gideau stated, referring to the layoffs. "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."
Gibeau concluded his statement, writing: "Console transitions are a complex and challenging experience. I’ve helped navigate several and agree with an old saying we have at EA: Transition is our friend. All the trend lines are converging to reward the creative and financial investments we have made in mobile and console technology. We have never been more ready or more excited about what comes next."