EA shuts down Mythic, while Harmonix sheds 37 jobs

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EA shuts down Mythic, while Harmonix sheds 37 jobs

Two veteran developers who have struggled with the transition from triple-A PC/console projects to mobile have announced reorganisations.

EA's Mythic Entertainment studio, best known for the PC MMOG The Dark Age of Camelot, and which more recently worked on the controversial - and less-than-successful - mobile game Dungeon Keeper  and mobile MMOG Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar, has been shut down.

Talking to Kotaku, an EA spokesperson said: "We are closing the EA Mythic location in Fairfax, Va., as we concentrate mobile development in our other studio locations.

"We are working with all impacted employees to provide assistance in finding new opportunities, either within EA or with other companies via an upcoming job fair."

Missed a beat

Less terminally, hopefully, Rock Band  studio Harmonix has laid off 37 staff, and co-founder Alex Rigopulos has been replaced in the CEO role by former head of publishing and business operations, Steve Janiak, although he remains part of the management team.

"Harmonix is in the process of restructuring our organisation to bring it into alignment with our current and future product development plans. Unfortunately, this means making the difficult decision to reduce the number of full-time staff," it told Eurogamer.

Harmonix has most recently received criticism for its PC music FPS Chroma, which is now undergoing "substantial retooling". Its most recent mobile game is Record Run.

[source: Kotaku, Eurogamer]

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