Pandemic Studios To Close Its Doors, Brands Will Live On Though
Written Tuesday, November 17, 2009 By Dan WebbView author's profile
More industry news now, and on a total tangent to the news I just reported a matter of minutes ago.
Kotaku is reporting today that Nick Earl, EA Games Label Senior Vice President, confirmed that the renonwed developer, Pandemic Studios, was to close its doors.
The closure is said to have cost around 200 people their jobs, including three of the company's veterans; Andrew Goldman, Josh Resnick and Greg Borrud, who all held top jobs at the firm.
Earl was quick to play down the concerns stating that a "core IP team" had shifted over to their EA Los Angeles office and that the Pandemic brands would continue to exist.
"I want to make it clear that the Pandemic brand and franchises will live on... In the months ahead, we will announce plans for new games based on Pandemic franchises," said Earl in a memo.
I suppose it's a nice thank you to the development team though. Thanks for finishing The Saboteur... now fuck off. Obviously, it's nothing like that (we hope), but that's how it seems. Could they not have waited a few weeks until the game shipped? Is that too much to ask?
Let's hope they bow out on a high. I'll raise a glass tonight for our fallen comrades and wish them a quick return to work and towards greener pastures.