Submitted by GodofwarGoty 1617d ago | article

IGN The Agency Cancelled, Layoffs at SOE

Over 200 employees let go. Three studios closed. (IGN, PS3, The Agency)

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NIRVANArazor  +   1617d ago
Well crap..
BK-201  +   1617d ago
The game didn't look like it would see a release date to be honest.
lociefer   1617d ago | Bad language | show
gaffyh  +   1617d ago
Wow, the Agency looked like it was near completion. They were doing a lot of PR work for it last year, but I can see why they cancelled it.
MaxXAttaxX  +   1617d ago
They were taking forever to finish that game.
I remember seeing the first footage released. But that was such a long time ago. I don't know what was happening.

Good thing they're "reorganizing" SOE.
Electroshocked  +   1617d ago
Yes well at least it's not Agent that's being cancelled, and maybe this means that Blade & Soul is coming to PS3 soon, I'm actually pretty excited about it. The only reason I don't play MMORPGs is because of the graphics and blade and soul looks amazing.
malamdra  +   1617d ago
I guess I have to remove it from The List

last we heard about this game was because most of the devs that finished working on DC Online were sent to this one, maybe they got sacked too
DaTruth  +   1617d ago
This bodes well for DC Universe though! Less competition in the PS3 MMO arena! When I saw the digital copy on the store, I almost bit!

If I thought I would have the time to make the most of the $15, it wouldn't even have been a question!
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Bricks  +   1617d ago
I'm not surprised, seeing as the game looked like arse.
SkyGamer  +   1616d ago
That is the price of having all of those first party studios. You have to pay for their upkeep. WHy do you think that Capcom is outsourcing their projects? Even Inafune stated that they might only be able to work on 2 titles in house but outsourcing, they can have five or six projects at the same time. Layoffs suck tho regardless of who.
Dee_91  +   1616d ago
weew i thought that said the agent
i was like noooooooooooooooooo
crxss  +   1616d ago
gay. i was gonna pick it up.
Vaud-Villian  +   1616d ago
Seemed they learned from APB's lesson.
DragonKnight  +   1616d ago
I don't know... I smell April Fools.
Petro  +   1616d ago
Its been april fools day in Japan for over 15 hours already. But Sony is known to drop nasty surprises in April fools day. I remember the last surprise they dropped on us in April fools day... It was removal of Other OS! I was one of those who thought it was a joke. So this time I'm assuming its not a joke, it must be a way for Sony to drop the news in friendlier way.
Theonetheonly  +   1616d ago
InTheKnow  +   1616d ago
" Global workforce "?
Nothing global about it. It's all American men and women losing their jobs while the trillion dollar JAPANESE company wastes hundreds of thousands of dollars a week fighting an anorexic 21 year AMERICAN kid in civil court. Go back to Japan Sony, we don't need you.
nickjkl  +   1616d ago

you know theirs a difference between the japanese yen and the american dollar

just so you know

i can see why they cancelled it it was announced in 2007 meaning they have been working on it for at least 4 years plus the time to get the original game engine and gameplay up

thats probably 5 or 6 years they have been working on this game and have not released it yet
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AAACE5  +   1616d ago
That sux! I was still looking forward to the Agency! The chick on the cover got my attention because I always felt that Joanna Dark should have been designed like her.

Feel sorry for those who lost their jobs though... But things like this will continue for many companies trying to cope with a very unstable economy.
ABizzel1  +   1616d ago
If it is an April's Fool Joke, count the world fooled, because Gamefly has just removed the game from everyone's game Q.
WhittO  +   1616d ago
meh, wasn't really interested in that game anyway, they should focus that money/effort elsewhere really.
Dragun619  +   1617d ago
Its a shame, but considering they're reorganizing to

"Focus development resources on delivering two new MMOs based on its renowned PlanetSide and EverQuest properties."

Maybe they could bring the next Planetside or Everquest game on PC & PS3.
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Mozilla89  +   1616d ago
That quote definitely did make me feel better. I'd be up for a new Planetside!
HolyOrangeCows  +   1617d ago
That's a shame. But Agency was obviously not getting anywhere. SOE certainly does need "reorganization"
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TheTwelve  +   1617d ago
Sad. I wonder if at least the Facebook game is still up. O.o

Vherostar  +   1617d ago
April Fools maybe?? Honestly I don't believe a lot of news today.. This would be sad to see them all lose there job I hope its a joke its not nice losing your job in the current climate. I mean what the hell am I supporting these devs for if they losing there jobs?
GodofwarGoty  +   1617d ago
why would you think it is a april fools if you Read the article it even says what has happened and april Fools is tomorrow not today
strifeblade  +   1617d ago
its not a joke.

april fools is tomorrow

if it really was april fools, your statement would also be a joke
DaTruth  +   1617d ago
The gaming media has so little credibility already; they really shouldn't be playing April Fools!
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IHateYouFanboys  +   1617d ago
"april fools is tomorrow"

now while the article is dated March 31, it only went up a few hours ago. thats all well and good for those in countries where its still March 31.....but the whole world isnt in the same time zone lol.

im in australia and its been April 1 for 10.5 hours already, so this article came out on April 1 to me.

now im not saying its an april fools joke, it obviously isnt - but dont be so quick to jump up and down saying someone cant even tell the date properly, when you cant even understand the concept of different times/days in different countries all over the world.

on topic - sucks for the people that lost their jobs. i wasnt interested in the agent in the slightest, but its never good to see studios close.
venomcarnage89  +   1617d ago
most likely
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Montrealien  +   1617d ago
it would be a horrible joke.
MAiKU  +   1616d ago
those are the kind that usually succeed...
No Way  +   1616d ago
@Montrealien -
Until they surprise everyone with a revamped 'The Agency' .. huh?
likedamaster  +   1616d ago
Anything goes on this day.
HardcoreGamer  +   1617d ago
This is april fools joke?
MAiKU  +   1616d ago
Could be April Fools. Usually a joke isn't revealed until the day of, whilst being played a few days before. At least with online sites.
TurismoGTR  +   1616d ago
it's a April Fools Joke.
KotC  +   1616d ago
Bummer guess Sony is down a couple studios.
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gamingdroid  +   1616d ago
The Agent and the Agency, I always get them confused.

Which is which now?
HaHa_Ostrich  +   1616d ago
The Agent is being made by Rockstar Games. Not much is known about the project besides the fact ist PS3 exclusive.
The Agency is espionage-themed MMO FPS by Sony Online Entertainment developed for PC/PS3.
DeadlyFire  +   1616d ago
Well I heard Sony labeling something SNEA and I figured someone was getting a cut somewhere. Now I see it.

Focus being enhanced on Planetside Next and Everquest III. Not a bad choice. I'd take one of those two over the Agency anyday.
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Amphion  +   1616d ago
Sad but it's ok. Sony can close half their studios and still have three times more than Microsoft.
likedamaster  +   1616d ago
April fools. Maybe you all should finally lighten up. lmao at all the serious comments.
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wwm0nkey  +   1617d ago
Kind of saw that coming sadly :/
Dart89  +   1617d ago
Holy s**t for a second there i thought it said agent.

Well that sux game looks good.
tdogchristy90  +   1617d ago
Yeah it always had me kind of confused. Agent and agency were so close in name. Agent is the console cold war game? And agency was an mmo....that we heard less about than we have Agent? So yeah agency is gone but we still have agent.
kaveti6616  +   1616d ago
No, there is actually gameplay of the Agency.

Agent doesn't have anything more than title art.
tdogchristy90  +   1616d ago
@Kaveti, oh it did? I learn something new every day.
wsoutlaw87  +   1617d ago
ya me too i was pretty shocked
Godmars290  +   1617d ago
Would be nice if Sony just owned up and made it official. They're likely just going to let it hang on the vine a while longer.
krouse93  +   1617d ago
They did..

Below is SOE's statement in full:

As part of a strategic decision to reduce costs and streamline its global workforce, SOE announced today that it will eliminate 205 positions and close its Denver, Seattle and Tucson studios. As part of this restructuring, SOE is discontinuing production of The Agency so it can focus development resources on delivering two new MMOs based on its renowned PlanetSide and EverQuest properties, while also maintaining its current portfolio of online games. All possible steps are being taken to ensure team members affected by the transition are treated with appropriate concern.
This strategic decision will have no impact on SOE's current portfolio of live games; additionally SOE will transition development efforts for the Denver and Tucson studios' suite of products to its San Diego headquarters. This strategic alignment of development resources better positions SOE to remain a global leader in online gaming and deliver on its promise of creating entertaining games for players of all ages, and servicing the 20 million players that visited SOE servers in just the past year.
Emilio_Estevez  +   1617d ago
That sux, but hey, what can they do? Not making money means things need to change.
badboy808  +   1617d ago
april fools
Dart89  +   1617d ago
It's no april 1 yet you fool.
kaveti6616  +   1616d ago
it is somewhere...

Not that I think it's a joke.
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Raendom  +   1617d ago
I don't think so but The Agency website is still up. Shame for sony to cancel a project this far into development, it looked basically finished from what I've seen... :(
callahan09  +   1617d ago
I doubt it. Making over 200 people believe they're losing their jobs is not a good April Fools joke.
venomcarnage89  +   1617d ago
Who said they are making them believe anything?
They could have been informed about this before anything was released.

And for the record, I remember in the last few years, that Aprils fools jokes were started a few days before April fools, to throw people off.
No Way  +   1616d ago
@callahan09 -
Like venomcarnage89 said, the staff may be involved if it's a 'joke.'
I mean, it sure would be a surprise and a boost in 'The Agency' hype..
If, say, they were to show a revamped game at like, E3 or something.
belal  +   1617d ago
it's not april yet...
GiggMan  +   1617d ago
It is in Bangkok!
Commander_TK  +   1617d ago
Nonono, it's like the Stifmeister once said: BangCock!
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GiggMan  +   1617d ago
Regardless, whenever you say Bangkok you got to say it loud!
Commander_TK  +   1617d ago
And punch a guy's balls at the same time.
gamingisnotacrime  +   1617d ago
i thought DC Universe success was going to give nice results...

tough times indeed
telekineticmantis  +   1617d ago
I remember when this game was announced, I thought it lookd cool, they should just delay it
Dlacy13g  +   1617d ago
It was actually playable behind doors at E3 last year... kinda shocked its canned.
Tommykrem  +   1617d ago
Oh, well fudge you. Seriously. That's mean. You've managed to keep me semi-interested in that game for almost four years now! I guess there was reason to see this one coming.
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Dlacy13g  +   1617d ago
Ugghh... I hate hearing about layoffs. I thought with the success DC Universe Online appears to be having that The Agency would stand a chance to see the light of day. Everquest is probably long over due to be shut down to be honest.
SnukaTheMan  +   1617d ago
who said dc universe was a success???
Just asking...
Dlacy13g  +   1617d ago
@Snuka... I suppose you raise a valid question/point. DC Universe certainly has gotten decent praise in the press but I suppose that doesn't mean its selling well. But you must admit, it certainly "appears" to be doing well given its good will mentions it gets from the likes of G4TV and Podcasts like Weekend Confirmned... just yesterday one of the G4TV guys was signing its praises during show saying how he is addicted.

But you are right...for all we know its going down in flames just like the others. Its impossible to know with out Sony releasing any info.
SnukaTheMan  +   1616d ago
sorry dlacy....
I have not seen a story here claiming dc online is a success....not being a troll im just curious because this would signal that in fact a MMO can thrive on a console....im missing conan on xbox 360 and in fact dc online looks very promising.
Stealth20k  +   1617d ago
another mmo strikes again

mmo's 99 percent of the time arent profitable
GodofwarGoty  +   1617d ago
people i am sure we all would like to beileve these is a april fools joke but it is not tomorrow is april and its not even Midnight yet so there is no point of even thinking any article posted today is a joke
BeastlyRig  +   1617d ago
This was coming to pc also..
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Fishy Fingers  +   1617d ago
Curse of the MMO.
Cartesian3D  +   1616d ago
people its april first in here and in many other regions.. plz dont believe such a BIG news in this date..lol

I cant believe people believe that... and it can be a best advertising method on this date, all people think omg Agency is gone , then BAM !! april fools!!
a_bro  +   1617d ago
i feel sorry for the 200 people that just got layed off more so than the game.

this is the first time in a while i hear sony laying off devs.
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LordZ  +   1616d ago
For a second I though that you were feeling sorry for the 200 people that were going to buy the game. LoL
play17boy  +   1617d ago
Damn, I felt this game had potential too!
BluePumpkin7  +   1616d ago
no it didn't look that good at all
and i guess SOE thought so too
-EvoAnubis-  +   1617d ago
That just sucks HARD. I really wanted to see what they were going to do with that game. I liked the fact that it would have even been doing things when you weren't playing, and then txting you results.

Freddy_Millz1  +   1617d ago
They were too far in development bro, $5 bucks say they announce SOMETHING pertaining to it a little ways down the pipe.
zoks310  +   1617d ago
I love Sony, but i dont know about this one. Why cancel a FPS mmo? It is possible that such a genre could have been a huge success in western markets.
Me personally i would have bit the bullet and gave SOE one more year to finish it. It's obvious that it did not cost much to develop if it was canceled, so they would not have lost much if 1 more year was given.
labaronx  +   1617d ago
or the game just wasn't turning out as good as they hoped......
but i heard they were also developing Planetside next...

it really sucks that 200 people lost there jobs... best of luck to them
a_bro  +   1617d ago
thats probably the reason, the game was not up to par to SOE/Sony's standards.
TheLastGuardian2010  +   1617d ago
Didn't have potential from the get go..seriously mmo gaming for consoles just don't work.
undercovrr  +   1617d ago
Thank god...after the first Everquest, SOE has been a huge disappointment in the MMO market. MXO flopped, SWG flopped, DCUO is failing fast.
negroguy  +   1617d ago
That really sucks. I wanted to see how they would implement spying and FPS into a MMO. I didnt know they were working on two new MMOs which ill look forward to now.
Freddy_Millz1  +   1617d ago
I was JUST talking about this to one of my buddies! He asked me when this game was actually coming out and i said its not!
He fought me tooth and nail and even showed my the progress of the game over the years, my only defense after each of his rebuttles was; "Dude, that shits dead." Im 3-0 on my calls this week.

1)two days before Sucker Punch open at theaters; "...That shits gonna suck"

2)Watching Akira on blue ray last month with same buddy; "I bet they are gonna make a remake of this this year"

3)"agency is dead bro"

I have a gift!
Rynx  +   1616d ago
News on the Akira live action film has been circulating for a while now. Where you been?
Freddy_Millz1  +   1616d ago
Nether of us were keeping up on it. So it was a new gust of wind for the both of us recently.
Daves  +   1617d ago
Don't really care about the Agency, didn't know much about it tbh... but I do know I LOVED Planetside.

Would love to see a new version on PS3 / PC.
Sarobi  +   1617d ago
sad day
Commander_TK  +   1617d ago
Listen to some post-rock and smoke some weed then.
Studio-YaMi  +   1617d ago
No need to cry over spilt milk
there are much bigger fishes in the sea

I do feel bad for the employees that got layoffs,am not a cold hearted a**hole,but seeing as how things are going in the head-office in Japan,and the disaster that strike,this is bond to happen...

I just wish no big project get canned...
outwar6010  +   1617d ago
ffs i mean come on this was something i was looking forward to i would have paid for the monthly mmo charge thing and thats saying something
Prototype  +   1617d ago
I was hoping for this to come out, like an MMO version of Borderlands for pc/ps3. :( Well, there's always Socom 4 and Free Realms...
tigertron  +   1617d ago
I was just wondering about the Agency the other day and thought it was strange that it was announced years ago and we still didn't have a release date. I feel sorry for those staff that were laid off and I hope they can find work soon.
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