Well thats really a shame that so many people lost there jobs but to be honest I was not really looking forward to the Agency
Wow, how many more studios will succumb to the overambitious claws of MMO's? I wonder why it took so long for SOE to decide this game was a no go. Worst of all, how many more closed studios until publishers realize MMO's are huge ventures nowadays. Smaller is the way to go, not bigger.
I feel terribly for all the people who lost their jobs, may you find a new path soon.
Jesus christ, that's a TON of people. The jedis are going to feel this one.
Really sad, SOE is a promising studio. They were really making moves to develop MMOs that weren't just Warcraft-clones. Free Realms and DC Universe Online are proof of that. I don't know what some of these studios were working on, but it's sad nonetheless. Hope these guys find some new jobs soon, or start up new studios.
sorry for everybody who lost their job, the game was looking interesting, glad Planetside 2 is unaffected, at least.
SOE. Doing what they do best. Sucking the life out of MMOs.
SoE failing another mmo? Weird.
That sucks for the employees, but SoE has been due for a shake-up for a while. It seems like they have been coasting for the last decade.
Maye they should stop wasting money on MMOs no one cares about anymore or stop trying to release 100 MMOs at once.
Could they not have worded it in a way that doesn't sound incredibly heartless? At least say you regret doing it, or you're sad to announce it, or something.They're talking to the shareholders ultimately, and you have to be stoked about every decision you make when you're doing that. Even when you're ruining people's lives. Boo.
If anything SOE probably saved a bunch of resources (and jobs) by cutting the agency before it could flop just like crimecraft and APB. Uniting both studios that work with trading card games will probably benefit those products too.
Protip: when your CEO says "we want to work on a new MMO" its time to jump ship
First, as I said in the thread on this yesterday, it's disappointing to see people in my region joining the ranks of the unemployed. However, at the same time, SOE has enough MMOs already on the market and in the works.
Also, there are a couple things I don't understand.
First, this garbage about SOE wanting to focus on more space/fantasy MMOs, or as someone else put it "That thing is successful, let's make one of those!" Do people not realize that if it weren't for SOE and the original EQ, WoW wouldn't even be on the market right now? SOE still has a loyal following even in the original EQ. From a business standpoint, why wouldn't they continue their popular legacies?
I was hoping this would be an April Fools Joke, but this was posted on the 31st :(
I really hope it's an early April fool's leak.
Hmm, sad about this, but (to be perfectly honest) I thought 'The Agency' had been canned long ago.
what they put so much time & effort into. "I know, don't you wonder what the status of that game was? I'm always curious when this sort of thing happens. These people have had to had some idea for some time now that this game was never going to happen. I wonder how that affected the work being done. I mean 4 years worth of work, who's fault is that. Even if they could release something it would be better than nothing I would imagine. How is there nothing even remotely ready for release in all that time.
" that's a shame. I was interested in The Agency more than DCUO or Free Realms. :( "Yeah me too, and the huge number of people who lost their jobs makes it worse :/
I noticed some online services dropping.
These MMOs are killing so many companies its madness I tell you!
the angency?! noooooo
looking forward to this one for years........ damn it.
We all knew The Agency was never coming out.
This game was announced in fucking 2007, and we rarely heard anything else about it up until now -- 4 years later. It was just one one of those games where you just knew it'd never see the light of day. I'm super-curious about how much of the game was done though, in this 4 years. That's a long time man.
" " This strategic alignment of development resources"
Man, I'd like to live in a world without corporate speak. "
Oh damn, I was totally trying to think of the name of this game not even three days ago. It sucks it got canned, as I was curious what was going on with it. It's never good when so many positions are lost, and I was really interested in seeing how The Agency was going to turn out.
I hope maybe, just maybe they're putting things on the backburner until they can resume development with a new team, or something. I really want to see this project see the light of day.
Wow. A loss of jobs, and cancellation of an ambitious sounding premise of a game. This sucks.
NO! I really wanted to play The Agency! It looked awesome!
Now Sony can spend more money on...uh...Star Wars Galaxies?
WHY IS THAT STILL RUNNING?
Sucks for people losing jobs.
"" This strategic alignment of development resources" Man, I'd like to live in a world without corporate speak. "
I was wondering what was happening with The Agency. Shame.
I wonder if this could have something to do with DCUO's weak reception. The Agency seems like it would have been cool though.
" This strategic alignment of development resources"
Man, I'd like to live in a world without corporate speak.
Terrible news. However, it seems like they basically announced a sequel to PlanetSide?
" "As part of a strategic decision to reduce costs and streamline its global workforce, SOE announced today that it will eliminate 205 positions" Could they not have worded it in a way that doesn't sound incredibly heartless? At least say you regret doing it, or you're sad to announce it, or something. "But that would be a lie.
i am surprised that people are sad about an SOE MMO being cancelled. Their track record isn't exactly a sterling one.
wasnt all that interested in The Agency as i dont play MMOs, but bad news is bad
I bet these folks could hash out an intriguing TF2 mod. I'd buy it.
With the field cleared, does this mean the fabled Alpha Protocol MMO stands to see the light of day?
Why would you cancel the agency. Man I was really hoping to see something on that at E3.
" @Paulus said:APB and Crimecraft were just crap, if you actually manage to make a decent game in that style you'd have a decent shot." So they stopped working on an original and interesting sounding mmo, to focus more space and fantasy mmo... :( "Yes, they stopped working on their APB/Crimecraft style MMO for some reason. "
As an original boxed Everquest release owner and ex-player I hope SOE goes out of business. And all their ex-employees go on to better paying, more rewarding careers elsewhere.
Oh good, I had The Agency confused with Agent, the open-world spy thing Rockstar's working on. Don't get me wrong, it really, really sucks that two hundred people lost their jobs, but a part of me is focused on the fact that at least the game that got cancelled wasn't one that would have done any good anyway.