news\ Feb 21, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Rumor: Electronic Arts shuts down Visceral Montreal studio

Dead Space 3

Electronic Arts is on the rampage. Numerous sources report that Los Angeles and Montreal based employees have been laid off. Montreal based Visceral Studios has reportedly been shut down completely, though that has been completely unconfirmed by EA, and is, as of right now, complete speculation.

For those drawing a blank on Visceral, they're the guys who made that 'slightly above-average' Dead Space 3, as well as its much better predecessors, and the upcoming Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel.

An EA representative told Kotaku:

Today EA internally announced some adjustments to select development teams to align staff and skills against priority growth areas, including new technologies and mobile. Many employees are being retrained for new positions; however a small number will be released. These are great, talented people and we wish them well. EA is growing globally, and we expect our headcount to increase this year.

EA Labels President Frank Gibeau has stated:

These are good people and we have offered outplacement services and severance packages to ease their transition to a new job.

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