Layoffs at Lord of the Rings Online and Infinite Crisis developer

An undisclosed amount of people lose their jobs at Turbine.

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Warner Bros. has announced a round of job cuts at US studio Turbine, the developers in charge of MMO The Lord of the Rings Online and the upcoming MOBA Infinite Crisis.

An undisclosed amount of people were let go from the studio, which Warner Bros. acquired back in 2010.

"As part of our normal business process, we’re routinely looking at the strategic alignment of our company," confirmed Warner Bros. in a statement to Gamasutra. "Unfortunately, in order for us to invest in growth areas at Turbine, we have to eliminate some positions."

"These are always tough decisions, which we don’t approach lightly, but it’s crucial that Turbine is structured in a way that reflects the current and coming marketplace."

Turbine was founded in 1994 and has also previously worked on the Asheron's Call series and Dungeons & Dragons Online.

Discussion

19 comments
deadpen
deadpen

Anyone know what the "one" that rules them all is?..................MONEY, see you can't spell money without "my" and "one". MY precious and ONE ring to rule them all. Now you Know!

enoslives7
enoslives7

'' YOU SHALL NOT PASS out pink slips!''

Pheonix985
Pheonix985

You know, I always wanted to work for a video game company, but seeing as how layoffs come so frequently, I believe I've changed my mind.  I have never seen an industry so volatile. 

NoHyperbolePlz
NoHyperbolePlz

"we have to eliminate some positions"...

What are you, the mob or something.

Falconoffury
Falconoffury

Turbine's greatest accomplishment was Asheron's Call. Such a legendary game. I hear they dumbed down Lord of the Rings Online. What a disappointment for such a once great studio.

poromenos
poromenos

A theme park MMO and another Dota clone, all based on popular franchises, it seems the average customer is not as dumb as they wish.

Karlinel
Karlinel

So many damn MMOs! Didn't the market implode 3 years ago? why are publishers still wasting money there?

Elaborating a bit, if even the kings of F2P (LOTRO is arguably the best there is at that) can't keep it profitable enough, WHY does everybody think they will be the next WoW?

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

Too bad. AC was such a great game (still is). Let them make an AC3. I would gladly pay turbine for a subscription based AC3. I'd even... *grimace*... go free to play.

playstationzone
playstationzone

see this why what will happen  make mmo games it go to show mmo games don't work .

pupp3t_mast3r
pupp3t_mast3r

@Pheonix985  Basically jobs swell during the development stages of games and then we see announcements about layoffs once the games have launched completely. This is especially true of online only games.

adawf
adawf

@playstationzone gosh you are so right, just look at warcraft, only a measly 7 mil paid subs for a 10 year old game.  solid proof mmo's don't work.  /d'oh

NoHyperbolePlz
NoHyperbolePlz

@focuspuller @NoHyperbolePlz  

Sure it is, if your PR firm write it down for you... and watched Godfather the night before. Your level of condescension makes you sound like a right prat. Assuming I'm unemployed or just acting like it to sound superior in your delivery of a reply, either way, a right prat.