EA Chicago is Closing Down
The rumors seemed credible, and unfortunately they’ve turned out to be true – EA’s Chicago studio is closing, effective immediately. The studio is most well known for the Def Jam and Fight Night games, and was currently at work on a Marvel fighting game.
Kotaku has posted an internal memo from Frank Gibeau, president of EA Games. It stated:
Within the EA Games Label, we are committed to running each franchise and facility as a city/state, teams with unique creative identities as well as responsibility for product quality, ship dates and profitability….Unfortunately, EA Chicago hasn’t been able to meet that standard….Closing EA Chicago is the toughest decision I’ve made in my career – one that in no way reflects on the talent and dedication of the people who work there.
The full memo can be read over at Kotaku. Word has it that EA is currently trying to move the studio’s employees to other EA studios, but it seems likely that some of the developers won’t be making that transition.