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EA to Extinguish Bright Light?

EA has entered a "formal consultation process" to explore the closure of their Bright Light studio in Guildford, U.K., reports GamesIndustry.biz (registration required). "After a review of all current and future projects, Electronic Arts has started a formal consultation process with its Bright Light employees over the proposed closure of the studio," said EA's Tiffany Steckler. "The proposed changes will help centralize development on future projects, reduce development costs and will allow for better knowledge and talent sharing within the organization." They also note members of the team behind their recent Harry Potter games may yet have a future at EA: "Employees that are impacted will be considered for positions at other EA Studios including those in the UK."

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9. Re: EA to Extinguish Bright Light? Oct 17, 2011, 09:25 Lobster
 
IIRC, Lionhead shut down and reformed as Bright Light.

Either way, nice to see EA continuously trying to murder the studio that earned it some credibility in the first place. Don't you have enough severed developer heads on your wall, EA?
 
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8. Re: EA to Extinguish Bright Light? Oct 16, 2011, 23:29 Beamer
 
Jerykk wrote on Oct 16, 2011, 06:46:
I thought Lionhead was essentially Bullfrog?

I'd wager good money that there are far more Bullfrog employees at Lionhead than at Bright Light.
 
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7. Re: EA to Extinguish Bright Light? Oct 16, 2011, 06:46 Jerykk
 
I thought Lionhead was essentially Bullfrog?  
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6. Re: EA to Extinguish Bright Light? Oct 16, 2011, 04:38 Shadowcat
 
Ah, it's Bullfrog. I had wondered if it was the same (and slightly renamed) Bright Light Productions from Realms of the Haunting.  
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5. Re: EA to Extinguish Bright Light? Oct 16, 2011, 03:10 mag
 
Golwar wrote on Oct 15, 2011, 19:50:
Smart move that EA renamed them 2008. If people would know that they are about to close Bullfrog, rage would surely be greater. But at the end it doesn't matter, considering the games they allowed them to develope within the last years. And with Syndicate being "remastered" in Sweden ...

Holy crap! Bright Light used to be Bullfrog? D:
 
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4. Re: EA to Extinguish Bright Light? Oct 15, 2011, 19:58 Sepharo
 
Golwar wrote on Oct 15, 2011, 19:50:
Smart move that EA renamed them 2008. If people would know that they are about to close Bullfrog, rage would surely be greater.

Well and they were EA UK 2001-2008.
 
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3. Re: EA to Extinguish Bright Light? Oct 15, 2011, 19:50 Golwar
 
Smart move that EA renamed them 2008. If people would know that they are about to close Bullfrog, rage would surely be greater. But at the end it doesn't matter, considering the games they allowed them to develope within the last years. And with Syndicate being "remastered" in Sweden ...  
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2. Re: EA to Extinguish Bright Light? Oct 15, 2011, 19:08 Cutter
 
Well it's kind of hard to do this when you keep buying companies only to shut them down later.
 
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1. Re: EA to Extinguish Bright Light? Oct 15, 2011, 16:12 HorrorScope
 
"reduce development costs and will allow for better knowledge and talent sharing within the organization"

This is pulled from Chapter 1 Paragraph 3, sentence 2 in the "Dummies Guide to Running Corporations".

If we were to believe them, they said this 10 years ago, they are still trying to streamline and share. After a while a monkey would realize if it hasn't happened yet it's not going to.
 
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