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Jagex shutting down Transformers Universe

By Brendan Sinclair

Jagex shutting down Transformers Universe

Tue 16 Dec 2014 4:53pm GMT / 11:53am EST / 8:53am PST
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Runescape developer to focus on owned IP going forward, will restructure around that goal

Jagex Games Studio

Established in 2001, Jagex Games Studio today stands as the UKs largest independent game developer and...

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Last month, UK developer Jagex proposed downsizing its team as the free-to-play MMO Transformers Universe "reaches a new stage of development in its life cycle." That stage in the life cycle would be the last one, as today the company said it will shutter the game entirely.

The move was agreed upon with Transformers owner Hasbro, and both companies will move on to new things. Jagex said it is changing its development strategy going forward to focus on its own intellectual property, like the long-running RuneScape. Hasbro, on the other hand, "intends to pursue alternative digital gaming opportunities" for its robots-in-disguise franchise.

"If there are any staffing issues that arise out of this additional level of restructuring, then we will discuss them with the parties concerned first and foremost," a Jagex representative said. "As ever, we will make any possible outcomes public, but only at the appropriate time."

Transformers Universe has entered a maintenance period, and will shut down for good on January 31 next year.

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6 Comments

Tom Pickard Founder and Creative Director, Knifey Spoonie Games

20 25 1.3
I think the writing was on the wall the second they downsized. A few of my friends we're effected in the lay-offs and what little they could tell me didn't sound good.

Such a shame for all the great people working there being laid off before Xmas(although it's never a good time of course), I hope they all find their feet quickly.

And for those starting Indie ventures with redundancy cash etc feel free to connect @TpickardDev, as an indie dev I'm always happy to discuss and share info where we can. We've had great help of Brighton based devs like futurlab since going indie :) and are happy paying it forward where we can.

Posted:A year ago

#1

Spencer Franklin Concept Artist

107 151 1.4
Sad to hear for the folks working there. Though, this seemed inevitable when they changed the games design for a 3rd time in as many years... In any case, hope all affected land on their feet very quickly.

Posted:A year ago

#2

Adam Campbell Product Executive, Hopster

1,451 1,534 1.1
Disappointed by the news. Jagex holds a special place in my heart and I wish the best for those facing redundancy, possibly including some I know :(

Posted:A year ago

#3

Jeff Kleist Writer, Marketing, Licensing

767 519 0.7
I still can't figure out why they don't realize the real money is in a Gen 1 game with as much of the original voice cast as possible and a suite of new Stan Bush songs.

Posted:A year ago

#4

Jessica Hyland Artist, Turbulenz Limited

464 2,091 4.5
Onwards and upwards, y'all.

Posted:A year ago

#5
Youve gotta touch.cha cha chaa chaaan! you've gotta powweeeer! yeah!
Take us back to those Unicorn days! Its a winner :)

Posted:A year ago

#6

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