EA has confirmed to IncGamers that Pandemic Studios will not close, but will rather be “relocated” to the EALA Playa Vista facility.Reports earlier today suggested that the studio would close today, with 200 job losses to the studio.Holly Rockwood, an EA spokeswomen, said this was part of EA’s initiative to cut $100m USD and 1500 jobs announced last week.Rockwood also confirmed that the move will indeed “result in the reduction of roughly 200 positions at Pandemic.”But it’s not the last of Pandemic Studios. Rockwood said EA is committed to the Pandemic brand and franchises and that a “core team of Pandemic developers will continue development on Pandemic games with a focus on quality, cost management and schedule integrity.”Pandemic has already suffered one closure, with the Brisbane offices of the studio closing earlier this year after losing the Batman film adaptation rights.Leaving Pandemic will be co-founders of the studio Andrew Goldman, Josh Resnick and Greg Borrud and the “core team” will report to the Playa Vista GM Sean Decker.With The Saboteur just around the corner, the pressure to deliver will be weighing heavy on the team’s mind.As for the 200 who will be shed from the studio; EA has said it will “offer severance and outplacement assistance” to all eligible employees.

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