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Report: EA will close Pandemic Studios today

Sources say almost all of Pandemic's 200 staff will lose their jobs

Pandemic Studios is to be closed by EA today, according to reports.

Sources close to the studio have told Kotaku that almost all of Pandemic's 200 staff are to be laid off today and the studio closed. Some staff will apparently be incorporated into other EA development teams and Pandemic IPs, included The Saboteur, will be passed onto EA's Montreal studio.

It was rumoured last week that Pandemic would be one of the studios affected by EA's cost cutting plan - a part of which is to reduce the company's headcount by 1500. It wasn't known if the studio would see lay offs, or if it would be closed entirely.

Pandemic was formed in 1998 and, following the releases of Full Spectrum Warrior and Star Wars: Battlefront, purchased by EA in 2007.

EA has yet to confirm the studio's closure. GamesIndustry.biz has asked for comment on the reports.

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Kath Brice