DC Universe Online
house Sony Online Entertainment confirmed to Gamasutra that it is closing its Denver, Seattle and Tucson studios, cutting 205 jobs and cancelling the long-awaited The Agency
An emailed statement added, "As part of this restructuring, SOE is discontinuing production of The Agency
so it can focus development resources on delivering two new MMOs based on its renowned PlanetSide
properties, while also maintaining its current portfolio of online games."
"All possible steps are being taken to ensure team members affected by the transition are treated with appropriate concern," the company added.
SOE said the decision will have "no impact" on games currently operating. Development efforts that were taking place at the Denver and Tucson studios will be transferred to the company's San Diego headquarters.
The company said the streamlining will help SOE service its 20 million players it has hosted over the past year.
Originally revealed in 2007 and under development at SOE Seattle, The Agency
was an ambitious PC and PlayStation 3 MMO that put players in the role of spies. Rumors of development challenges had emerged during the course of the game's production that brought into question whether the game would see the light of day.
SOE's Tuscon studio had developed a Facebook spin-off
of the game with The Agency: Covert Ops
. SOE Denver created trading card games including Free Realms Trading Card Game
and Star Wars Clone Wars Adventures: Card Commander