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EA Cuts Continue, Mythic Hit A Second Time

More cuts at Warhammer Online studio, rumors claim cuts in design and development teams.

Mythic Entertainment
In the wake of yesterday's earnings call, during which EA stated it would be laying off more people than it had previously anticipated, word is out today that more positions have been eliminated from Mythic Entertainment, the house responsible for Warhammer Online.

Mythic's Mark Jacobs has posted a message to players that doesn't get into specifics, but is designed to keep the Warhammer player base calm and reassure them that the game is still doing fine, and that today's cuts are also part of moving the game from the heavy pre-launch phase to a post-launch state. Here's the conclusion of that message:
Although we now have fewer developers on the game than we did leading up to the launch, WAR still has a larger dev team today than we ever had for Dark Age of Camelot. At Mythic, we’re committed to maintaining the trust of WAR players – we’re going to deliver the content and service that keeps you playing.
Massively is reporting that somewhere between 60 and 130 positions have been cut, and that these cuts impact the design and development departments.
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Mythic Entertainment
In the wake of yesterday's earnings call, during which EA stated it would be laying off more people than it had previously anticipated, word is out today that more positions have been eliminated from Mythic Entertainment, the house responsible for Warhammer Online.

Mythic's Mark Jacobs has posted a message to players that doesn't get into specifics, but is designed to keep the Warhammer player base calm and reassure them that the game is still doing fine, and that today's cuts are also part of moving the game from the heavy pre-launch phase to a post-launch state. Here's the conclusion of that message:
Although we now have fewer developers on the game than we did leading up to the launch, WAR still has a larger dev team today than we ever had for Dark Age of Camelot. At Mythic, we’re committed to maintaining the trust of WAR players – we’re going to deliver the content and service that keeps you playing.
Massively is reporting that somewhere between 60 and 130 positions have been cut, and that these cuts impact the design and development departments.
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Posted by OmegaPirate

Thats a lot of cuts!!!

Posted by AndrewB

*shakes head* being the age where I should be looking forward to *joining* any of these teams, it doesn't bode well for my chances, and it certainly doesn't bode well for the income-less families out there now.

Posted by Hamz

Isn't Carrie Gouskos working on Warhammer Online?.....hope she isn't one of the unlucky folks on the chopping block.

Seems a lot of places are cutting staff or closing down due to the credit crunch. Sad days. All the best to the folks who've lost a job :(

Posted by stillmotion

What I would give to have a name like Mark Jacobs.

Posted by dtran1212

well, hopefully this will force EA to think about qaulity over quantity

Posted by Scooper

I hope Carrie's ok.

Posted by Death_Burnout

Yeah it's a big shame, but then again, understandable.

I also, hope that Carrie hasn't been chopped.

Posted by Otzlowe

Even though I got tired of the game really quick, it's not terrific news to hear. I really got a good vibe from the folks at Mythic during the development phase of Warhammer, and it sucks to think that they put that kind of work into a game and then got canned. =/

Posted by MatthewMeadows

Did Carrie get fired? :(

Posted by Lukeweizer

Carrie still kickin'?

Posted by JoelTGM

Everytime cuts are made everyone acts surprised.  Why keep people around after they've finished their job?  They can hire those people back later if they need to.

Posted by Kohe321

Things are not going very well for WAR I feel... Heres hoping Carrie isn't affected.

Posted by Diamond

Go against WoW on PC?  This is what happens to you.  Advice to all MMO publishers : Either make MMOs for consoles or don't make them at all. (until WoW is no longer significant)

Posted by Slunks

Oh man, I feel really bad for them. They developed a fantastic game. Best luck to those who've been cut - Hopefully they'll find jobs soon.

Any word on Carrie?

Posted by StarwindX9

This was the first good MMO since Everquest. They also just released a bunch of content and a live event starts this month. I am more than happy to give my money to Mythic since I know it isn't going to the pocket's of Blizzard.

Posted by InFamous91

WOW

Posted by StaticFalconar

Carrie? No!!!!!!!!

Posted by LordAndrew

Nothing in her blog or Twitter feed. Hopefully that means she's fine.

Posted by Elazul

Yeah, I sure hope Carrie's okay. Although I'm sure she'd be welcome here if she did get fired.

Posted by MrKlorox
InFamous91 said:
"WOW"
I think you mean WAR...
Posted by brukaoru

Great, I guess they'll cut even more names from the credits now because "those people weren't with the project at the time of release." Ugh...

Hope these people can find jobs elsewhere soon.

Posted by steelharrison

If Carrie gets cut i hope she could come here

Edited by Sephiroth9997

I hope Carrie's doing ok ='(

Posted by Seraphim

I hope they address the Carrie situation on next week's podcast; there's obviously a lot of community concern.

Posted by MagicKiwi

What a bummer, I was actually just thinking of trying out WAR. Maybe I should wait now?

Posted by CallMeRotten

Really sucks how many people are taking a hit this year. Best of luck to those folks and Carrie if she was included in those.

Posted by LordAndrew

Carrie posted a comment on Twitter:

For my homies. http://twitpic.com/1c035 Thanks for the well wishes. I'm fine. But this day isn't about me it's about my friends. Good luck.
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Posted by the_purgatory_station

not surprised there were going to be cuts.  actually surprised EA spared the studio.  one of my predictions for 09 was ea mythic was going to get axed.  i mean how would EA support 2 mmos and with all the buzz surrounding bioware's TOR.

being someone that's unemployed and lived the life of a nomad, hopefully the recent laid off will be ok.  it may be a little rough now but in the end they've got skillz and companies always want people that got skillz.