EA Visceral Melbourne shutting down - Report

IGDA Melbourne reports that staff of Electronic Arts' Australian studio to meet with human resources to discuss studio closure on Monday. UPDATE: EA confirms the studio's closure.

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In August this year, THQ confirmed the closure of both its Australian development studios--Blue Tongue and Brisbane's THQ Studios Australia--due to a global restructure of its internal framework.

EA Visceral Melbourne previously worked on Dante's Inferno.

It now appears EA may be going the same route with the Australian arm of its Visceral Games studio. According to the Melbourne chapter of the International Game Developers Association, IGDA Melbourne, EA Visceral Melbourne staff will meet with human resources personnel this coming Monday, September 19, to discuss the studio's closure.

"More sad news emerging about #EAVisceral Melbourne studio closure," the IGDA chapter posted on its Twitter account. "Happy to help all affected in any way we can."

EA Visceral Melbourne worked on Dead Space, Godfather 2, and Dante's Inferno. According to EA's website, the studio has been working on an unannounced AAA title based on new intellectual property.

An EA representative told GameSpot that the company does not comment on rumours.

UPDATE: EA has confirmed the closure of the studio, telling GameSpot AU:

"With no active project in development at that location, we’ve decided to close the Visceral Melbourne office. They are talented individuals and may find other roles elsewhere in EA, if they choose. EA continues to maintain its mobile studios in Melbourne which are both thriving and hiring."

Discussion

46 comments
EXODYS
EXODYS

Tough times indeed :(

jollybest1
jollybest1

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GamerSyrim
GamerSyrim

A real shame to Aus Gaming Community. Would be awesome to see more australian developers shine. Best of luck to the individuals who lost their jobs

pszone
pszone

What they did great games like godfather series and dante what wont see 2nd day light of day. But main thing dead space 1 and 2 so f you EA Games

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

Tough times we're living in.....

decoy1978
decoy1978

Real sad for Aussie game industry.

zulwalks
zulwalks

Its not so good for the austrailian game industry. And it doesn't seem to be because of crappy games too.....look at team bondi

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

The Melbourne studio is down. I feel sorry for the peoples now out of work. EA has a studio in Vancouver. Which is "Melbourne's Cyborg Doppleganger". A similar city that just "sucks" It is no Melbourne but EA is still open there. Hopefully the people will find work. Over there, or over here. Even if Vancouver "Sucks"

TBoneTony
TBoneTony

NNOOOOO!!!!! NOT BLUE TONGUE STUDIOS!!!!! :( I really wanted to work for them :( Where is that smilie that makes the face cry tears? Oh well....with the game developer closures that are happening since the last few years I may as well have to aim for Japan if there is still a Japan in the next few years by the time I finish university in 2015.

zinoalex
zinoalex

That's a real shame! Dead Space is a great title. It has a lot of replay value and just plain fun. And while I liked The Godfather 1 and 2 , nost didi not like the second. But I found it to be quite enjoying.Kind of like GTA but with Godfather characters.Dante's Inferno could have bben so much better, (so could Godfather 2) that to be it was disapointing. but I could be in the minority. Either way, this a d*** shame!

Roger_Smith
Roger_Smith

That makes no sense, Dead Space was set to be a big franchise. I really am losing faith in gaming.

VilandasUK
VilandasUK

I feel sorry for the staff, and besides Dante's inferno was a good game.

TigusVidiks
TigusVidiks

@Brokenhope69 That's exactly what you said. EA has been the PUBLISHER. Not the Developer. Bottom line, we owe nothing to EA in that regard. Every single of those games would have come out just the same without them. Many of them, came out worse than they should have, because of EA influence and will to rush thing in order to make more money, more fast. And some of the titles you mention, are not EA, like Mass Effect. Mass Effect is Bioware. EA only bought Bioware after the success of Mass Effect, aiming to cash in with the already under development Mass Effect 2. Crysis, the same. Only after the success of Crysis, they went and cashed in for Crysis 2.

slvrraven9
slvrraven9

damn. dead space was one of the best this gen. thats terrible news. i pray for the best for those who are involved.

darkcomedian
darkcomedian

This is so sad, especially since I loved Dante's Inferno. I hope they find work soon.

Crash_WL
Crash_WL

It's sad, so many studios closed down this year. Best of wishes to the workers and I hope they find a job soon! Game developing is such a fragile job... They mentioned the original Dead Space, but not the sequel, maybe we will get Dead Space 3 regardless?

CptRexKramer
CptRexKramer

I hate reading stories of the loss of jobs. Being part of a household that's been greatly affected by this global recession, I sympathize with the folks at Visceral Melbourne. I hope you all land on your feet.

Brokenhope69
Brokenhope69

EA has been a publisher for tons of great games. Far from evil in my opinion. Hating EA is like saying you hate American McGee's Alice, Army of Two, Battlefield, Battlefield: Bad Company, Black, Bulletstorm, Crysis, Dante's Inferno, Darkspore, Dead Space, Dragon Age, Freedom Fighters, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Mass Effect, Medal of Honor, Mirror's Edge, Overstrike, The Orange Box, Portal 2, Shank, Shadows of the Damned, The Saboteur, The Sims, Syndicate, Space Hulk, TimeSplitters, Ultima. Need I say more?!

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

It's sad thing to see the Australian game industry colapse like this.

shadystxxx
shadystxxx

Gamespot is the cesspool of the gaming community, Thank god Gertsman gate happened as all the great editors may still be here. I really do not know why I even scroll down to the comments as its general population are the pond life of the gaming community that spout nothing but biased(negative & positive) opinions and gamespot caters to it with their pathetic system wars forum and constant fanning the flames articles. I used to really like this place back in the good old days, But hey maybe its for the best as all the good staff and the good people of the forums moved to a great website, Lets just hope the pond life stay here and don't emerge from the swamp. Long live giantbomb.com.

Jimmyjit
Jimmyjit

Dante, Dead Space were two of my favorite games. The DEV crews on those games did some of the best work ever. I feel for those guys & gals.

SwiftusMaximus
SwiftusMaximus

Sad news for employees. All the best for future folks.

Jaga_Telesin
Jaga_Telesin

Lots of Australian shops shutting down, which is unfortunate to see. Five dollars for a prediction on at least one employee lawsuit for being overworked, any takers?

Vambran
Vambran

Dante's Inferno was front loaded. All the best stuff was early in the game then it went downhill. Dead Space i hope stays afloat with EA.

ziproy
ziproy

Loved Dante's Inferno. I hope this won't affect the sequel we were promised at the end

Spudtaco
Spudtaco

"So long and thanks for all the fish" comes to mind.

Rocker6
Rocker6

@mercutio665 About that friend of yours,I really hope he's right about ME3 being awesome,ME is a great franchise,and I really want for Shepard's story to end on a high note.But only time will tell and I must admit,Im quite sceptical about it...

mercutio665
mercutio665

And I thought you were talking about the Tiberium game that never got through it's production cycle after releasing a cool trailer and everything. My bad.

mercutio665
mercutio665

@ Rocker6 It's fine, dude. You are entitled to your opinion and certainly don't owe me an explanation. But if Mass Effect 3 blows, you're going to blame EA. All I was trying to say was that my friend in Edmonton (who is producing ME3) assures me that EA has nothing to do with development and that Bioware just draws from their resources. So in the end, if this game sucks, you should be blaming Bioware. That being said, he also tells me that the game is awesome. So... yeah.

Rocker6
Rocker6

@mercutio665 After DA2,Im afraid Bioware might start going downhill,just look how ME3 looks almost identical to ME2,I see almost no true improvements.That would be really sad,Bioware made some of my fav RPGs ever.How is releasing a sub par game that destroys everything the franchise once stood for better for it?Spyware-while its true most programs have some pieces in spyware in them,Origin has a huge one,that "data mines" your PC,also I hear lot of ppl are complaining about huge techincal problems with Origin(fortunately I never installed that crap,and I never will).You may say anything,but I hate EA,I understand they are buisness corporation,but there are corporations out there that dont have a huge number of haters who hate them for a lot of good reasons like EA does.

mercutio665
mercutio665

@ Rocker6 I thought that's what you might say. My buddy is a producer at Bioware and has been there for over 6 years. He says that moving to EA actually strengthened their studios, and that EA has given them total freedom to make games the way they've always made games. Bioware has always shipped quality titles (with a few exceptions), so why would EA change their tried, tested and true methodology? EA just wants a share of the money that comes in for those games. As for Tiberium, it was canned because of quality issues - they did NOT want to release a sub-par game, even though they had already invested millions in production. This, if you ask me, was not only honest, but better for the franchise. As for spyware I'm not exactly sure what you're talking about, but you'd be hard pressed to find software that doesn't in this day and age. Look, it's not like I'm the hugest fan of EA and their policies, but I wouldn't go so far as to say they are "evil". They're a huge corporation, and when you're a big name in this game there are a lot of people waiting to throw mud at you.

worlock77
worlock77

People, Visceral Games is not shutting down. One branch office of Visceral Games is shutting down. Visceral Games as an entity, including it's main office in California, is still going.

Rocker6
Rocker6

@mercutio665 Destroying many great studious,right now they are slowly destroying Bioware,putting spyware in products,extreme milking of some franchises like Madden,or to sum things up,more info on this site:http://sites.google.com/site/electronicartsucks/ EDIT:Forgot to mention introduction of Online Passes,Always online DRM in PC games,and of course,destruction of a great Tiberium Wars franchise.

Son_of_Bmore
Son_of_Bmore

Well no wonder Godfather 2 people should b hang 4 that game

mercutio665
mercutio665

@ Rocker6 What makes EA "ultra-evil"?

mercutio665
mercutio665

Deadspace is developed mostly out of Visceral's Los Angeles and Redwood Shores studios, with support from Melbourne and Montreal. If you're going to be upset about this, be upset that talented people are losing jobs. You're precious titles will still ship out regardless of the outcome.

Rocker6
Rocker6

I would be happy if EA shut itself down,and if all great studios it destroys with time,like Bioware broke free and survived on their own,or at least got bought by some "normal",not ultra evil companies.

pokecharm
pokecharm

these kinds of stories are starting to crop up more-and-more...at least it isn't like Team Bondi :)

shotgun_ps3
shotgun_ps3

For the love of Kratos people, DO SOME RESEARCH BEFORE COMMENTING; "Visceral Games is located in Redwood Shores, California at the same site location as the EA corporate headquarters. Visceral Games has branch offices in Melbourne, Australia as well as Montreal, Canada." It's not Visceral that is getting shut down, it's one of their offices in Australia.

Nathalmighty1
Nathalmighty1

I cant believe that. Dead space is one of my fave games this gen. I hate the state that the world is in!

valdips3
valdips3

what??? visceral games? the studio that make dead space series and dantes inferno? is this right?? whats comes next? Dice?

kweeni
kweeni

No not them! Damn you EA. :(

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

"Fire the competent, reward the incompetent" That is EA's line of work.

SenorChunky
SenorChunky

Another firm going (down) under, excuse the pun, it's pretty bad news, and i'm curious to see what that unannounced title is.

SenorChunky
SenorChunky

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