Jagex put development of its sci-fi MMO Stellar Dawn on hold in order to focus on RuneScape and its upcoming MMO Transformers Universe.
The development freeze is part of a reorganization effort which has claimed 12 jobs in the process.
“This year is set to be our biggest year to date and it’s vital that we ensure that we’re in the best possible position to deliver on our ambitious plans,” said Jagex CEO Mark Gerhard. “Jagex has always been committed to developing the highest quality games and services. This is not a decision we have taken lightly; the Stellar Dawn team has achieved a great deal developing the game and should rightly be proud of their achievements so far.
“Having paused all Stellar Dawn development, we have been able to reallocate all but 12 members of the team to our other development studios.
“It is very sad to lose any members of the team. We will naturally continue to support and help them during this difficult time and wish them every success in the future. The remaining team members have now all moved into their new roles.
“I believe that with their added expertise fortifying the other development teams, and a sharp focus on just a handful of opportunities this year, Jagex is in the strongest possible position ever to achieve our plans for the year ahead and to ensure that 2012 will be Jagex’s most successful year to date.”