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Army of TWO: The Devil's Cartel
EA Montreal Lays Off Around 170 Employees
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EA has laid off nearly two thirds of the staff at its Montreal studio, following the release of Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel. Around 170 employees are thought to have lost their jobs.

The move comes shortly after ex-CEO John Riccitiello’s resignation due to the company’s financial struggles and EA’s nod as the worst employer in the United States for the second year running.

“These are difficult decisions to let go of good people who have made important contributions to EA. Streamlining our operations will help ensure EA is bringing the best next-generation games to players around the world,” said the publisher.

EA Montreal has received substantial investment from the Canadian government over the years, but the lackluster performance of games like its Army of Two series effectively ended the studio.

However, according to reports, a chunk of the lay-offs came in EA Montreal’s mobile division, a revelation that has come as a shock to many as the mobile games industry is currently flourishing.

"If you walk through the office all you see is a bunch of already cleared out desks, and people cleaning out their desks," a source told Joystiq.

Best of luck to all those affected.




 
 

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Comment #1 by XxStuartxX 1990
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 05:23:41 AM
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I know it's sad to see people lose their jobs and such but....

In a twisted way this is a good thing, all these devs of what was a poor game, been fired frees up some room for a new surge of devs to make their debut.


Every cloud, and all that.


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Comment #2 by davidani
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 05:26:05 AM
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The steps of EA:
1. Make a new good game called Army of Two
2. After a few years, make another one but really really bad
3. Take our money
4. ??????
5. Profit.


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Comment #3 by Whitesnake75
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 05:35:24 AM
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Sad news... i wish all these former employees the very best for their future..
I've just finished my first play through of devils cartel and yeah its not the greatest game but hey, it was FUN.... it was an enjoyable "take your brain out" kind of game and i have fond memories.of.playing the first two in coop...


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Comment #4 by ModernSith2010
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 05:48:45 AM
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Thats what you get when you let the publisher push the developer around, you get a shit game that feels rushed, tacked on MP(not in all cases but more and more in EA's case), and a game full of bugs. Then the game doesn't sell well and the publisher then lays there staff off even though it was there fault for rushing the developer and the ones that should be losing there jobs are the money hungry cunts at the publisher that was forcing the product out before it was ready and forcing the devs to go directions with the game they are not happy with.


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Comment #5 by Fozki Razormaid
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 05:54:28 AM
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I feel for these guys . its not there fault
sometimes games don't sell well
I played army of two and liked it
hopefully they find a new job


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Comment #6 by H0p3sfalL
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 06:06:32 AM
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Shame,I thought TDC was the best in the series.


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Comment #7 by Blumpenstein
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 06:21:31 AM
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EA? Financial struggles? Right...


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Comment #8 by jbixler
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 06:22:27 AM
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Sad to hear news like this. The Devil's Cartel was a fun game, not the best of the franchise but still pretty fun imo. I hope things turn around for these guys.


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Comment #9 by gooner77
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 06:36:15 AM
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I enjoyed TDC but there was clearly a drop in quality from the first 2 games

Looks like a patch is off the cards then


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Comment #10 by gravelandx88
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 06:41:58 AM
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#2 Haha, the last 3 remind me of Gnomes episode of South Park.

The gnomes, claiming to be business experts, explain their business plan:

1. Collect Underpants
2. ?
3. Profit


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Comment #11 by gravelandx88
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 06:43:12 AM
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copy/paste: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/d/dd/Gnomes_plan.png


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Comment #12 by XxStuartxX 1990
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 06:46:34 AM
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@8 exactly it's not the best in the franchise, and the franchise itself is not exactly held in high regard.

I loved the first two but the demo of this could not have been more try hard if it tried.


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Comment #13 by lifetimegamer
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 06:57:07 AM
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People losing their jobs always sucks but at least it was a crap developer this time. Far too many great devs have had to shut their doors over the past couple of years.


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Comment #14 by ZedChuva
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 08:07:42 AM
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Hate seeing anyone (who didn't ask for it) losing their jobs, but come on... it's EA. In a couple years, EA will be nothing but EA Sports and Battlefield.

Unless they release Mirror's Edge 2, I'm never giving EA money again. And even then, knowing those assclowns, it'll be nothing but a 2hr campaign, with an online code, seasons pass and shoehorned in multiplayer.


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Comment #15 by StayonTarget
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 08:44:26 AM
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Lesson Learned: If you want to be a game dev, don't work for something Disney will buy or EA owns.


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Comment #16 by Lothra
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 09:24:11 AM
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Its sad to see people lose their jobs, however the quality of their product speaks for itself, if you are crap at your job and put out mediocre work then its to be expected that you will eventually be fired.


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Comment #17 by Avis Cyrus
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 09:41:02 AM
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no surprise there. Army of Two has sucked massively since the first game, and yet they decided to keep making them. Sucks they lost their jobs, but with a game like that, they almost deserved it.


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Comment #18 by AirborneRichard
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 01:07:04 PM
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Despite the fact that alot of gamers disliked Army Of Two i actualy think the first Army Of Two was something new then as it featured as one of the first games realy a proper co-op experince. Altho alot of gamers didn,t like the buddy effect like doing air guitars and stuff like that i realy enjoyed the comments and funny moments in that game. The second wasn,t so bad either if you look close, but that last one..hmm i played it and not hated it but everything that made Army Of Two fun had been taken out and the akward player movement (no camera turn around your caracter anymore)and some other monor stuff kinda killed the Army Of Two series. Its ofcourse sad that people losing their jobs, but mabye now EA should think about going back with Army Of Two to its roots realy. At least if they even consider making another one that it.


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Comment #19 by linktriforce007
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 01:53:58 PM
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Am I the only one who finds it funny that EA is running out of money? It'd be quite enjoyable to see on Ebay "Madden '15. The Final Madden Game!"


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Comment #20 by SasileUchiha92
Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 03:12:10 PM
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Wow, it seems like the gaming industry is really going downhill. All you ever hear about these days are hundreds of people being laid off. I was really hoping to go into the game industry as a career, but it really seems like that's a terrible idea.


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