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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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13. Re: SOE Cuts Confirmed, The Agency Cancelled Mar 31, 2011, 21:27 Fion
 
The Agency looked pretty cool but if I had to choose between Planetside: Next and The Agency, I'd 100% go with the Planetside sequel. I wouldn't doubt if we'll be seeing some The Agency assets transferred over to Planetside.

My next MMOG by all appearances looks to be Guild Wars 2, but I am looking forward to Planetside: Next. Planetside was an absolute blast once you got enough people on a server.

It wasn't just a frag fest, it was hundreds of people in three way wars between the factions. Each faction had different strengths and weaknesses and thus different tactics. When each was fighting over a single area of land with a central base and perhaps a few towers, that was when the game was at its best. So I'm absolutely looking forward to the game. Though I do hope it's free to play with, I wouldn't mind microtransactions either so long as they weren't items that gave a huge advantage to those that have it like some MMOGs. More Like Guild Wars. Maybe extra character slots, new paint jobs for your gear, gimicky things to change up gameplay for a character, etc.
 
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>> 13. Mar 31, 21:27  Re: SOE Cuts Confirmed, The Agency Cancelled Fion
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