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.

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Sl4cka

<< LINK REMOVED >> My God, he's right!!

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MeineHackfresse

Here's the list:


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enoslives7

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

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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.

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pupp3t_mast3r

<< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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NoHyperbolePlz

"we have to eliminate some positions"...

What are you, the mob or something.

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focuspuller

<< LINK REMOVED >> That kind of language is what we in the working world call normal.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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PlaystationZone

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

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Adawf

<< LINK REMOVED >> 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

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pupp3t_mast3r

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Lets also completely forget about SWTOR and Guild Wars 2?

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Neuronyx1987

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> You seem to be under the false impression that an MMO has to make WoW's kind of money to be successful.

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kellian1

<< LINK REMOVED >> All your base are belong to us

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dante116

No surprise there