Rumor: EA to announce closure of Pandemic today

Tuesday, 17th November 2009 14:24 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


There’s a bit of a depressing rumor floating about today, which states that EA plans to announce the closure of Pandemic later today.

Sources close to Kotaku stated that almost all of the 200 staffers at the LA studio will be laid-off and the rest sent to other teams within EA.

It was also revealed by the source that EA Montreal will take over the remaining IP from Pandemic, which includes putting the finishing touches on The Saboteur.

While we’ve no reason to doubt this, what with EA laying-off left and right, its unconfirmed until EA announces something.

Via Edge.



  1. BillyBatts

    You could say Pandemic’s heyday was last gen with Full Spectrum Warrior and the Star Wars Battlefront games. Been a bit hit and miss since then. If only they’d done that current gen SW Battlefront sequel…

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Psychotext

    This gen sucks. :(

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Hunam

    EA only bought them because they were in the same holdings company as Bioware. I think I said this in the lay off comments last week that Pandemic were probably going to be next on the firing line.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Johnny Cullen

    That sucks, if true.

    They could have done Battlefront III if they had a deal done somewhat.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. sickpuppysoftware

    Were EA scared that Activision were running away with the “cuntyish games company” award?

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Gekidami

    I honnestly cant say i’m a fan of their work, the BattleFront games were ok but everything else (that i played anyway) was pretty sub-par.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Hunam


    Laying people off isn’t something you do because you’re a cunt, it’s something you do to stop bleeding cash like they have been doing.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Blerk

    Saboteur’s supposed to be out in a couple of weeks – if it’s not done by now then I surmise we’re going to see a delay announced sometime very soon as well.

    Poor old Pandemic, I always wondered whether they’d survive after the EA thing – it was fairly obvious from the start that EA only really wanted Bioware.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Freek

    The quality of their games had been lacking, so if you’re mother company is loosing money left and right, no surprise you’d be on the hit list.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Grimrita

    Since being taken over by the Borg, the quality has gone down hill – but thats an EA trade mark.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. mojo

    man, i hate them (“them” is everybody that is even slightly responsible for Battlefront 3 not beeing in developement).

    i cant see anything else then plain stupidity beeing the cause for it not beeing on its way..

    Am i the only one thinking BF3 would sell better then sabotuer? Not that sabotuer wouldnt be good, but hey, its star wars..

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Freek

    They were taken over by “New EA”, the leave the studios alone EA. And it worked, quality went up for the rest of the studios (Bioware is doing just fine, for example).
    So it’s not that easy to pin the quality problems on just the take over.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. mescalineeyes

    their games were abysmal this gen. sorry.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Gekidami

    They werent ‘all that’ last gen tbh.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Anders

    That sucks. I’m actually kind of interested in The Saboteur.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Robo_1

    That’s some rotten news :(

    I’ve recently being going back through Mercenaries 2, and having loads of fun with it.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. SplatteredHouse

    Lack lustre, playable enough, nothing that’d set the world on fire – are all terms I’d apply to Pandemic’s work on the current platforms. Saboteur has but a glimmer of hope of not also having those applied to it.
    It’s a sorry outcome when people may stand to lose their jobs, though. :(

    #17 5 years ago
  18. DaMan


    I enjoyed their games.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. scuz

    they’ve had it comin.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Jadeskye

    These guys made mercenaries 2 right?

    Such a disapointment :(

    #20 5 years ago
  21. blackdreamhunk

    so another console game dev goes bankuprt who is next.

    my words are solid

    battle front 3 never came about why because of consoles and high production costs.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. Gheritt White

    Bankrupt /= closed down. You phail at reading comprehension… but that much is apparent from your writing, you fucking spastic.

    #22 5 years ago

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