EA Responds to Pandemic Rumor

In the face of rumors that Pandemic's Brisbane, Australia studio has been let go, Electronic Arts said today that their upcoming cuts will affect studios, but declined to be more specific.

“In December, EA announced a cost reduction initiative that will impact facilities and headcount," said Mariam Sughayer, Electronic Arts spokeswoman. "We do not expect to make any more public announcements until our earnings call in early February.

"Outside of our scheduled earnings call, we aren’t providing any new information on the status of individual facilities."

Last night we reported that Electronics Arts has released Pandemic Studios' Brisbane office, the Australian developer best known for Destroy All Humans! and its rumored development of an ill-fated Batman game.

According to our source, Pandemic's Brisbane staffers weren't necessarily laid off by EA corporate, which purchased the developer alongside BioWare in 2007. Instead, we were told that the studio was "set free" with the down under arm of Pandemic retaining its original IP and even its equipment.

"It was more of a 'Find a new publisher. Good luck.' kind of thing," according to the source. And you can keep the tea kettle, apparently. No mention was made of the fate of the other Pandemic Studios office, which is based in Los Angeles.

More to come as rumors around Electronic Arts' planned massive cuts continue to leak out.