As 2012’s Worst Company in America suits up for next-gen consoles, new horizons begin to surface. Unfortunately, not everyone will be able to see the light of day with the corporation. So is the nature of the business.
In the wake of Sony’s PS4 announcement, Electronic Arts sets course for a new generation of interactive entertainment software. Part of this transition requires regrouping, reshaping and in other cases permanent redirection. Announced today, via their official website, EA has conducted more layoffs, this time pink slipping employees out of L.A. and Montreal.
“EA’s leadership on these high-growth platforms allows us to retain and attract the industry’s best talent. Thousands of our existing employees have been retrained and redeployed to work on the new platforms and initiatives,” said EA Labels President, Frank Gibeau. ”But when it is not possible to redeploy a team, we soften the tough decisions with assistance. This week we let some people go in Los Angeles, Montreal as well as in some smaller locations. These are good people and we have offered outplacement services and severance packages to ease their transition to a new job.”
Reports speculate the layoffs may affect Visceral Montreal, the developers behind Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel, but EA has neither denied nor confirmed this.
Despite these discharges, EA is still confident in the company’s growth: “These are great, talented people and we wish them well. EA is growing globally, and we expect our headcount to increase this year,” said an EA spokesperson to Kotaku today.
Regardless of who’s coming and going, the show must go on, right folks? As for those affected by these layoffs, I believe the people of Eternia say it best: “Good journey.”