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EA Shuts Down Pandemic Studios

Word of EA's plans for Pandemic first got out via an internal memo sent to Kotaku. The memo detailed that Pandemic Studios had been shut down and the "core IP team" moved to Electronic Arts' Los Angeles office.

"I want to make it clear that the Pandemic brand and franchises will live on," Nick Earl, EA Games Label Senior Vice President, wrote in the memo. "In the months ahead, we will announce plans for new games based on Pandemic franchises."

Kotaku reports that, all told, 200 people have been let go. Among them were CEO Andrew Goldman, president Josh Resnick, and Greg Borrud, VP of product development.

The move is part of EA's plans to cut 1,500 jobs. Kotaku cites multiple sources who say the cutbacks will effect Pandemic, Maxis and nearly the entire Command & Conquer team.

Formed in 1998, Pandemic Studios was purchased by Electronic Arts just two years ago, in 2007.

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