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Jagex lays off Transformers team members

Jagex lays off Transformers team members

Mon 01 Jul 2013 12:47pm GMT / 8:47am EDT / 5:47am PDT
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UK developer and publisher Jagex has let a number of staff go from its Transformers Universe team.

According to a report by Eurogamer, the company has shifted development focus and is now using middleware rather than internally developed technology.

"Having reviewed the remaining work required for the upcoming Transformers Universe launch we have made the decision to scale the development team back slightly," said the company in a statement. Thirteen staff have been let go following the move.

Jagex originally announced a partnership to build a free-to-play MMO based on Transformers over two years ago. Prior to that, a Transformers MMO was in development at UK developer Monumental, but the cancellation of that game helped contribute to the eventual closing of the studio.

According to the Eurogamer report, Jagex is under pressure from Hasbro to release the game before the end of the year.

"We have always been committed to developing the highest quality games and services and are confident that this reduction will not adversely impact the game," added the company.

"The vast majority of the Transformers studio will be unaffected by this move. On a positive note a significant portion of the talent potentially effected have already been reallocated to support the upcoming release of RuneScape 3 in HTML 5 and the RuneScape 3 on tablets project slated for the end of the year. Regrettably we have not been able to find suitable roles for 13 members of the team who will be leaving the studio later this month."

6 Comments

Bruce Everiss
Marketing Consultant

1,692 594 0.4
Jagex have been recruiting like crazy in recent times so it is surprising to see them shedding staff.

Posted:A year ago

#1

Andrew Watson
Programmer

92 199 2.2
Why are they changing engines when they've only got half a year left?

Posted:A year ago

#2

Tom Keresztes
Programmer

631 238 0.4
Why are they changing engines when they've only got half a year left?
Duke Nukem forever.

Posted:A year ago

#3

Spencer Franklin
Concept Artist

93 124 1.3
Yeah...this doesn't bode well for them. Not too long ago (late last year, early this year) they were talking about Transformers Universe, and how it may be better as a MOBA... which prompted a lot of thinking that they perhaps were not to happy with what they currently had with the MMO. And not much has been seen of the game thus far other than a very unimpressive short trailer of some bots and a few explosions. Very little of anything else, and it's supposed to be released this year? Yeah, not looking good at this point.

Posted:A year ago

#4

Krasimir Koichev
Producer

35 0 0.0
Jagex is making Runescape in HTML5 (dropping JAVA), maybe there's a change to web devs.

Posted:A year ago

#5

Adam Campbell
Associate Producer

1,136 914 0.8
Jagex have been wanting to move closer to a situation that sees more external middleware used for a while. This is a seemingly late change but it could work.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Adam Campbell on 3rd July 2013 1:29pm

Posted:A year ago

#6

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