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Official: Pandemic Studios to close

'Core IP team' at Saboteur, Mercenaries house moved to EA LA

Earlier reports that Mercenaries and Saboteur developer, Pandemic is to close its doors have been confirmed, after an internal Electronic Arts memo leaked onto the internet. Sad news.

The memo (via Gamasutra) confirms that Pandemic founders Josh Resnick, Andrew Goldman, and Greg Borrud will leave the company - though its brands and franchises will live on internally at EA.

"A reduction in the work force at Pandemic" is reported to see around 200 employees culled, with the remainder of the Pandemic team reporting to EA Los Angeles from now on.

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"I want to make it clear that the Pandemic brand and franchises will live on," writes EA SVP Nick Earl in the internal memo. "In the months ahead, we will announce plans for new games based on Pandemic franchises."

EA said the studio consolidation is intended to "accelerate our transformation to a direct-to-consumer digital model, and to better manage our cost structure."

Under the new model, EALA will become a "showcase for the 'fewer things better'" initiative, it says, once again confirming "a re-invention of the Medal of Honor franchise with a new design that is simply stunning," as well as the hiring of Might and Magic creator Jon Van Caneghem to lead the Command and Conquer franchise with "a new digital model that is going to re-ignite the fan base for this franchise."

Electronic Arts acquired Pandemic in October 2007 in the same $800 million deal that saw it net RPG power house BioWare. It only took it two years to shut it down, then... a new EA record?

UPDATE: Pandemic game designer, Drew Marlowe Tweets: "it's official, pandemic is shut down as of today. Thankfully it looks like we are getting decent severance." He also provided the fitting, sombre photo above from Pandemic's offices.

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