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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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16. Re: SOE Cuts Confirmed, The Agency Cancelled Apr 1, 2011, 09:36 wtf_man
 
Fion wrote on Mar 31, 2011, 21:27:
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.

Yeah... that's one of the reasons I avoided Planetside. Why pay a fee when there were plenty of shooters that had multi-player without a fee. Of course, that was when shooters let you have your own servers... and that's fading away due to the greed of the publishers.

Although you describe Planetside as being more tactical and different areas / scenarios to fight in... I still can't imagine it being all that different than a FPS that allows 32+ players on a map. (Except more people). Of course, since I never played it... I guess I wouldn't know.

The only reason I have any interest in Planetside Next, is because most modern day shooters are fairly consolized (Control-wise) ports... and I'm hoping Planetside Next will be a sanctuary from that.
 
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  2. Mar 31, 18:31 Re: SOE Cuts Confirmed, The Agency Cancelled Tusker
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  3. Mar 31, 18:48 Re: SOE Cuts Confirmed, The Agency Cancelled Hump
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  5. Mar 31, 19:00  Re: SOE Cuts Confirmed, The Agency Cancelled The Half Elf
  8. Mar 31, 19:47 Re: SOE Cuts Confirmed, The Agency Cancelled Kawlisse
  9. Mar 31, 19:57 Re: SOE Cuts Confirmed, The Agency Cancelled RollinThundr
  10. Mar 31, 20:05 Re: SOE Cuts Confirmed, The Agency Cancelled Acleacius
  11. Mar 31, 20:33  Re: SOE Cuts Confirmed, The Agency Cancelled natx
  12. Mar 31, 21:21 Re: SOE Cuts Confirmed, The Agency Cancelled wtf_man
  13. Mar 31, 21:27  Re: SOE Cuts Confirmed, The Agency Cancelled Fion
  14. Apr 1, 02:22   Re: SOE Cuts Confirmed, The Agency Cancelled Calmer Llama
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