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SOE Cuts Confirmed, The Agency Cancelled

Sony Online Entertainment has confirmed rumors of layoffs, as Bloomberg has word that SOE is closing its Denver, Seattle, and Tuscon studios, cutting 205 jobs, and cancelling development of The Agency, their planned PC and PS3 espionage-themed MMOG. They say SOE president John Smedley has said the company will develop more free-to-play and casual games. They also quote spokesperson Taina Rodriguez saying: "This strategic alignment of development resources better positions SOE to remain a global leader in online gaming and deliver on its promise of creating entertaining games for players of all ages."

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9. Re: SOE Cuts Confirmed, The Agency Cancelled Mar 31, 2011, 19:57 RollinThundr
 
The odd thing about this, from the second The Agency was announced, I had the feeling that it would end up getting canceled before ever seeing retail.

I doubt it would affect DCU:O, that title seems to be selling well, though I'm not sure what their retention numbers are after the first free month.

All in all I hope the new Planetside is good. The first game had so much potential, just had terrible team leadership (Dave Georgeson who's made a career of jumping from dev house to dev house after shipping titles, Mage Knight for namco, Planetside for SOE etc.)

 
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