EA is currently in the process of reorganizing its Vancouver studio, which houses both EA Canada and Need for Speed developer Black Box.
Sadly, this means that a “small number” of layoffs have been carried out. A specific number hasn’t been disclosed but EA did issue a statement to IndustryGamers, reading: “EA in Vancouver is transforming its studio to align with EA’s transformation to high-growth digital formats, including online, social gaming and free-to-play. Employees in our BC studio are learning new skills and working on digital games and services, and there are many examples.
“Developed at the EA SPORTS studio in Burnaby, the FIFA Soccer franchise represents the cutting edge of AAA gaming integrated with multiplatform extensions and online features. The Need for Speed World team in Burnaby is leading the digital transformation with 11 million registered players. As the BC studio makes this transformation, a small number of employees are being impacted while most others are being retrained, redeployed and rolling-on to new projects.”
Black Box recently pushed out the so-so Need for Speed: The Run. What’s next for these developers?