Pandemic Studios is no more
The writing was on the wall when EA signalled staff cuts from various studios just last week, with "substantial" staff lay-offs from various studios including Pandemic Studios (L.A). The latest report that has been circulating on numerous websites is that all staff from Pandemic Studios L.A (some 200 employees, including the former studio CEO, president, and vice president of product development) have been let go today, with some core developers being relocated to other EA offices, thus finally ending the 11 year reign of the American / Australian game developer.
This news is more likely to hit closer to ex-Pandemic Brisbane staff who have had a close working relationship with their sister L.A studio before their own Brisbane studio closed down earlier in early February, this year. Australia's connection with Pandemic began a decade ago when after completing Dark Reign 2, several Australian developers working on the project in Santa Monica, California became homesick. Rather than lose their exceptional talents, Pandemic established a second studio in Brisbane, Australia, in 2000.
For more details on Pandemic's closure, head on over to Kotaku...