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Microsoft shutters two projects, issues lay-offs at Vancouver studio

Two titles have been shelved, including Microsoft Flight, but Microsoft has not closed its Vancouver studio.

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Vancouver headlines

  • MS Vancouver developing AAA "core" shooter for Kinect

    Microsoft has opened a new first party studio in Vancouver, Canada, which is apparently working on a “core AAA shooter experience using Kinect.”

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  • Nexon closes Vancouver studio

    MMO publisher Nexon has apparently closed its Vancouver studio, resulting in 90 job losses. A studio-wide meeting was held yesterday morning to break news to staff, according to this Kotaku report. Nexon’s ongoing games – MapleStory, Combat Arms, Mabinogi, and so on – are thought to be unaffected. Gamasutra’s confirmed the move as well.

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  • EA axes plans for new Vancouver dev studio

    According to this Globe and Mail report, EA’s shelving plans for a new Vancouver development studio thanks to admitted slow Q4 sales and a generally tough economic environment. “These are challenging times, they’re uncertain times for our industry and across the board,” said EA spokesman Colin Macrae. “We continue to be firmly rooted in Vancouver.” […]

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  • GDC Canada 2009 dates announced

    According to this Gamasutra piece, GDC Canada will take place on May 12-13 next year, to be held at the Vancouver Convention and Exposition Centre. The organizers have also opened the call for proposals on lectures, roundtables, and panel sessions, and will accept submissions up to midnight, Friday, November 28. Full details through the link.

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