Dynamix Closure Confirmed

As anticipated last week (story), Sierra brand manager Alex Rodberg has confirmed the closure of Dynamix in statements to TribalWar and PlanetTribes. The brief Q&A on TribalWar also has word on their plans to continue TRIBES 2 support with at least one more official patch, and the impact on the servers and community features. According to this GameSpot story, "the decision was made in order to consolidate product development and marketing functions." Here is Alex Rodberg's statement from PlanetTribes:
Sierra On-Line announced today the closing of its Dynamix studio in Eugene, Oregon. 97 employees will receive competitive severance packages and outplacement services.

:( It's official.
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Re: Translation:
Aug 26, 2001, 15:57
anon@216.36
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Re: Translation: Aug 26, 2001, 15:57
Aug 26, 2001, 15:57
anon@216.36
 
I'm part of the 97 people recieving "competetive severance packages and outplacement services", and while I would agree that much signifigant talent had been lost since the 99 purge, and since, due to the constant mixed messages from Sierra about what they would allow us to develope and all of our creative people being ridden by the "Bull Rider" marketing and bean-counter clique who call the shots at Sierra, but I'd disagree with the statements that those leaving now were devoid of signifigant talent or potential for delivering the gaming community some really cool games in the very near future we were working on.

I choose to view what happened as a signifigant opportunity for the xDynamix talent who were reccently axed, or who were previously axed, or who voluntarilly left due to creative frustration or seeing the proverbial writting on the wall, and who are still in Eugene to get together and start fresh & to pursue some of the concepts and Ideas we have been forbidden from by Sierra for years.

As for Sierra Bellevue, Washington, I harbor no ill will for them. They, by getting rid of us and 200+ people in their own faccility, have bought themselves a year or so of life in which to transition from being a largely Publishing and Administrative centric faccilty to a succesful development house. I wish them luck, but don't hold out a lot of optomism that this daunting task can be succesfully pulled off by them before their masters, in turn, pull the plug on them.

I speculate that we will see some interesting and exciting news from the small burg of Eugene, Oregon in the not so distant future, and more contributions to the Tribes 2 community in near future, despite the fact that all future cash rewards for Tribes 2 will be going to the bean counters at Sierra, simply cause we love you guys for having faith in Tribes 2 enough to have given Sierra cause to allow us to make a sequel & we love the game even if it is no longer ours.

Thanks guys (Tribes Fans, and others who have appreciated Dynamix's games in the past),

X-Dynamix Anonymous
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Re: Translation:
Aug 14, 2001, 21:47
anon@24.201
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Re: Translation: Aug 14, 2001, 21:47
Aug 14, 2001, 21:47
anon@24.201
 
Well, I don't think anyone of us is really surprised to see a confirmation after all the stuff we saw posted about that.
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Re: Translation:
Aug 14, 2001, 16:07
anon@64.132
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Re: Translation: Aug 14, 2001, 16:07
Aug 14, 2001, 16:07
anon@64.132
 
I will make one observation, though... nearly all of the good folks who brought the best of these games out are long gone. Some went long ago, during the purges of 99... some went recently after Tribes 2 was shoved out the door. What was left really wasn't enough to keep them alive anyway.

As noted in the other thread, Dynamix's days were numbered years ago... we're just finally seeing the end. When they started letting the accountants tell them what made a good game, the end was near.
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Re: Translation:
Aug 14, 2001, 15:23
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Re: Translation: Aug 14, 2001, 15:23
Aug 14, 2001, 15:23
 
Dynamix hasn't made a good title since the original "Red Baron".

Nonononononononono!!!!!!

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Translation:
Aug 14, 2001, 15:02
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Translation: Aug 14, 2001, 15:02
Aug 14, 2001, 15:02
 
" to consolidate product development and marketing functions"

This means they're losing money, and have to fire a lot of people. Although it must be pointed-out that Dynamix hasn't made a good title since the original "Red Baron".

-tAE-

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"Competitive severance packages"?
Aug 14, 2001, 09:20
anon@130.18
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"Competitive severance packages"? Aug 14, 2001, 09:20
Aug 14, 2001, 09:20
anon@130.18
 
Heh...makes it sound like they view layoffs and terminations as commonplace..."We fire our employees better than anyone else!"
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Re: Once again Sierra confirms
Aug 14, 2001, 07:46
anon@209.26
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Re: Once again Sierra confirms Aug 14, 2001, 07:46
Aug 14, 2001, 07:46
anon@209.26
 
Now I fear for my favoritest developer - Papyrus. I always thought, if Dynamix (played their games since Red Baron and Aces of the Pacific) was still around, then I wouldn't worry too much about Papyrus. Now I don't know what to think. Nascar Racing 4 rocks, but I think one bad slip-up by Papy and it's closin' time. I will never forgive Sierra for cancelling Babylon 5:ITF and not giving the resources back to the developers so that they could continue the project elsewhere. That's was just plain EVIL...

=-Rigs-=
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Once again Sierra confirms
Aug 14, 2001, 07:30
anon@192.77
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Once again Sierra confirms Aug 14, 2001, 07:30
Aug 14, 2001, 07:30
anon@192.77
 
that they are the worst thing to happen to gaming since the invention of work. I know all about Vivendi, blah blah blah. Sierra has consistently proven themselves to the the worst publisher/gaming entity in the business.

Bah.
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Re: ?!
Aug 14, 2001, 02:43
anon@194.239
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Re: ?! Aug 14, 2001, 02:43
Aug 14, 2001, 02:43
anon@194.239
 
Well after Babylon 5: into the fire. Was cancelled in favor to bullrider, all I can think of Sierra........they are llamers
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what a bummer..
Aug 14, 2001, 02:34
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what a bummer.. Aug 14, 2001, 02:34
Aug 14, 2001, 02:34
 
man.. i remember playing the incredible machine on my old 486... seein these guys go is really sad, they've been along forever

I eat pasta!
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97 employees?
Aug 14, 2001, 01:45
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97 employees? Aug 14, 2001, 01:45
Aug 14, 2001, 01:45
 
And this was after the first round of layoffs? Hmmm wonder why they were losing money?




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Re: Anybody up to boycott Sierra?
Aug 14, 2001, 01:39
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Re: Anybody up to boycott Sierra? Aug 14, 2001, 01:39
Aug 14, 2001, 01:39
 
Re: Boycott vs Sierra

Why would you boycott Sierra? Vivendi Universial Games is the company that owns Sierra (and hence, dynamix) and where the decision to ax dynamix came from. Vivendi also owns e.g Blizzard.

Vivendi has around 300,000 employees around the globe. Massive company.

So my sad answer is: no. Besides, boycotting Sierra so they get less sales = more people getting fired due to them showing red numbers to the Vivendi people (who like to see em black, and big, and rising).

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Re: dynamix closed!!!!
Aug 14, 2001, 00:18
anon@24.20
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Re: dynamix closed!!!! Aug 14, 2001, 00:18
Aug 14, 2001, 00:18
anon@24.20
 
Thank frickin' GOD someone did to this company what they did to me when I bought this shi-tae game. Hoo-rah!!!! Hoo-freakin'-RAH!!!!

You sir, are a complete waste of oxygen.
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Re: dynamix closed!!!!
Aug 14, 2001, 00:01
indiv
 
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Re: dynamix closed!!!! Aug 14, 2001, 00:01
Aug 14, 2001, 00:01
 indiv
 
Thank frickin' GOD someone did to this company what they did to me when I bought this shi-tae game. Hoo-rah!!!! Hoo-freakin'-RAH!!!!

Dynamix layed off all your employees and closed your company when you bought Tribes 2? Man, that's pretty harsh of them.

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dynamix closed!!!!
Aug 13, 2001, 23:42
anon@24.28
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dynamix closed!!!! Aug 13, 2001, 23:42
Aug 13, 2001, 23:42
anon@24.28
 
Thank frickin' GOD someone did to this company what they did to me when I bought this shi-tae game. Hoo-rah!!!! Hoo-freakin'-RAH!!!!
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Anybody up to boycott Sierra?
Aug 13, 2001, 22:32
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Anybody up to boycott Sierra? Aug 13, 2001, 22:32
Aug 13, 2001, 22:32
 
Does anybody think such a thing would affect Sierra at all? I could do without the games produced by Sierra for, oh, say a year or two. It's not the closing of Dynamix itself or the loss of T2 support that sucked, but the way it was done, no advance warning and locking out the employees.
The only way to get the attention of greedy corporate managers is to hit them in the nuts game sales.

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Only 1 more patch?!!
Aug 13, 2001, 21:56
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Only 1 more patch?!! Aug 13, 2001, 21:56
Aug 13, 2001, 21:56
 
Sierra is only interested in half-life, they screwed so many people over, nothing from them surprises me.

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this sucks
Aug 13, 2001, 21:49
anon@204.186
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this sucks Aug 13, 2001, 21:49
Aug 13, 2001, 21:49
anon@204.186
 
Tribes and Tribes 2 were probably the two most entertaining online games i have ever played (other than Diablo and Quake 1)

Tribes 2 is currently the only game i play online, i love it.... And the patches only make the game better. 5 minutes to install a patch is nothign.
this sucks, Tribes 0wns j00
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Re: ?!
Aug 13, 2001, 21:40
anon@208.236
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Re: ?! Aug 13, 2001, 21:40
Aug 13, 2001, 21:40
anon@208.236
 
All your company are belong to france
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Re: ?!
Aug 13, 2001, 21:29
anon@209.218
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Re: ?! Aug 13, 2001, 21:29
Aug 13, 2001, 21:29
anon@209.218
 
i dont feel bad at all- actually im totally bitter- i played tribes 1 for a year until counter-strike came online and i discovered that- then i waited forever for tribes 2- played it at E3, couldnt get enough- then one day i get it at the store, take the day off and order a pizza! but then... OOPS! my bad! i forgot i was supposed to upgrade my OC3 connection, then download 8 frikin patches and download 2 "first aid patches" (first aid patches?????) ok let me get this straight... i am about to patch a patch? i hope they suffer playing quake for the rest of thier lives!
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