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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  • Spybreak8 - April 2, 2011 6:18 a.m.

    Woah, last time I knew this game just had a logo. Well hopefully the dev team put some money aside for a rainy day because it's pouring.
  • GamesRadarMatthewKeast - April 1, 2011 9:28 p.m.

    While it's never good news to hear about layoffs, the silver lining is that they are ditching this "might have been good" game to focus on the next PlanetSide. Of course, the ideal situation would be to not lay anyone off, put those people on PlanetSide Next, and then also shift all Everquest personnel to PlanetSide Next.
  • ChrisCultista - April 1, 2011 8:26 p.m.

    HOW COULD YOU CANCEL THIS?! LOOK AT THE SIZE OF HER 'SPY GEAR'! (Tits. Im talkin about her tits people.)
  • Mamudo - April 1, 2011 7:34 p.m.

    This is a bummer. I was really looking forward to this game and on top of that hearing about anyone losing a job sucks.
  • Taterade - April 1, 2011 7:27 p.m.

    This is opposite of what I like to hear -_-
  • nadrewod - April 1, 2011 7:06 p.m.

    I was actually looking forward to this one. Best of luck to everyone that was laid off.
  • bass88 - April 1, 2011 6:55 p.m.

    Could those 205 employees been put to improving the likes of EverQuest or DC Universe (which I heard could do with improving) instead?
  • Bawheidbob - April 1, 2011 6:18 p.m.

    Always sorry to hear about people losing their jobs - Game getting cancelled will be of no loss to us though.

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