Tuesday, November 6th 2007
EA has confirmed that it is shutting down EA Chicago effective immediately as part of the reorganization plan caused by the company's loss of $195 million last quarter. The studio employs roughly 150 people at that location, many of which will be reassigned to other teams across the country. Members of EA Chicago were responsible for the Fight Night series, as well as the Def Jam fighting franchise, the most recent entry of which is Def Jam: Icon fpor PS3 and Xbox 360. The studio was also known to be working on an untitled fighting game featuring Marvel Comic characters, which was planned for release in 2008.
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.said Frank Gibeau, President of EA Games.Source: Shacknews,Kotaku