SOE cancels The Agency, lays off 205 employees

What started off as a rumor spread by Duke Nukem creator George Broussard on March 30 turned out to be true. Sony Online Entertainment has confirmed that it has laid off 205 employees and closed three different studios in Seattle, Denver, and Tucson. As a result of the recent layoffs, The Agency will also be cancelled. The spy thriller MMO for the PC and PS3 has been in production was previously expected to release in late 2011.

Above: A teaser for The Agency. Head here for more screenshots, videos, and previews for the cancelled MMO

According to a statement from SOE, the recent layoffs and studio closures will help the company focus on developing two new MMOs based on its PlanetSide and EverQuest properties. SOE also adds that the recent changes “will have no impact on SOE’s current portfolio of live games,” which includes the recently released MMO DC Universe Online.

Apr 1, 2011

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