Officials from Electronic Arts have confirmed that the company is closing its Warrington studio in the North West of England, which employs around fifty developers.
Speaking to UK game trade paper MCV, officials stated that the closure was "not for cost reasons", and that all those affected by the move will be offered roles at the company's Chertsey or Guildford studios in the South East of the country.
The company claims that the closure was decided upon in order to unify development in the South of the country and reinforce development staff there. The Warrington studio most recently worked on the title Battlefield 2: Modern Combat
for consoles, while the closure also follows that of Digital Illusions CE Canada
, responsible for Battlefield: Special Forces
and Battlefield: Vietnam
The closure of the Warrington studio also comes only days after Electronic Arts formally moved its European administrative headquarters
from Chertsey to Geneva, Switzerland. The company has committed to maintaining a significant development studio in the UK, though, with the Chertsey studio now headed by former Criterion head Fiona Sperry.