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The Agency Cancelled, Layoffs at SOE

Sorry gamers, The Agency is no more... Sony Online Entertainment went through a company-wide reorganization and several projects have been canned including their upcoming MMO project, The Agency! The project, which had been in development since 2007, was canceled so S.O.E. could "focus development resources on delivering two new MMOs based on its renowned PlanetSide and EverQuest properties."

They also closed offices in Denver, Colorado, Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona. The reorganization, which will eliminate approximately 205 jobs, was done to "reduce costs and streamline its global workforce." But, Sony Online Entertainment did reassure gamers that they changes would not effect their current portfolio of titles available now, such as DC Universe Online.

Below is SOE's statement in full:
As part of a strategic decision to reduce costs and streamline its global workforce, SOE announced today that it will eliminate 205 positions and close its Denver, Seattle and Tucson studios. As part of this restructuring, SOE is discontinuing production of The Agency so it can focus development resources on delivering two new MMOs based on its renowned PlanetSide and EverQuest properties, while also maintaining its current portfolio of online games. All possible steps are being taken to ensure team members affected by the transition are treated with appropriate concern.

This strategic decision will have no impact on SOE's current portfolio of live games; additionally SOE will transition development efforts for the Denver and Tucson studios' suite of products to its San Diego headquarters. 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, and servicing the 20 million players that visited SOE servers in just the past year.

Source: IGN

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