Funcom is set to close it’s Beijing studio, and reduce the amount of employees at it’s Montreal one as part of ongoing restructuring efforts.
The company has said that, “smaller, high quality online games with more limited budgets and shorter production timelines, while at the same time continuing to support, service and expand its three successfully launched massively multiplayer games”.
In an effort to stand by this promise of keeping their three MMOs up and running, they have established a joint, centralised team in Raleigh, North Carolina who will be responsible for expanding and enhancing The Secret World, Age of Conan and Anarchy Online.
Funcom said in a statement: “As a natural result of the completion of the development on The Secret World, the Beijing studio, which primary responsibility was delivering art and animation to that project, will be closed down this year and the live team in Raleigh will be equipped with resources to produce visual assets for upcoming updates to the three live games. There has also been a staff reduction at the Raleigh studio in certain departments. The restructuring process includes a reduction in headcount at the Montreal studio.”