Turbine Suffers Layoffs, Will Become "Free-to-Play, Mobile Development Studio"

Jason Winter
By Jason Winter, News Editor
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Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online developer Turbine has been hit with a round of layoffs, MassivelyOP has confirmed. The news was originally hinted at by former community manager Rick "Sapience" Heaton and later confirmed in a message from Warner Brothers:

"Turbine is transitioning into a free-to-play, mobile development studio, and as a result we are eliminating some positions. The Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons and Dragons online games will continue to operate as they do now. Re-focusing and reducing the studio size was a difficult decision for the company, and we are grateful to all of the Turbine staff for their considerable contributions."

What exactly a pair of aging MMOs has to do with a "mobile development studio" is unclear but you'd have to be pretty optimistic to think it's good news -- especially since the Lord of the Rings license expires in 2017.

Our condolences go out to those looking for new employment this week.

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About the Author

Jason Winter
Jason Winter, News Editor
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

Discussion (7)

Merkadis 6 years ago
Mobile? Rip turbine.
Pity tho, DDO is one of a kind mmo.

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awwww 6 years ago
Not a surprise, sucks for employees

Todoran 6 years ago
this is where greeed got u turbine! .......

Hovsep 6 years ago
if they din't charge for expansions in lotro that wouldn't have happened

Deathloche 6 years ago
Maybe someone now will make an Lord of the Rings MMO that is actually good.


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