En Masse confirms TERA layoffs

MMORPG.com reports that layoffs have struck TERA’s western developer En Masse Entertainment. The official statement from En Masse reads,

“The gaming industry is a fast moving, ever evolving and changing business, which requires companies to occasionally reassess and realign to serve the needs of the business and its community. En Masse found itself in this situation, and staff reductions were part of the shift, in late March, to better position the company for the future. We’re deeply sad about having to let some of our staff go, and will do our best to help them move on. We will continue our presence as a Western publisher and support our games including TERA and the upcoming Battleplans, a unique RTS hybrid which will serve as the company’s first cross platform project.”

The number of employees affected remains unknown. If you’re a developer touched by these layoffs and can provide more information, please drop us a note.

Source: MMORPG
Update: Apparently, Community Manager Team Lead Donna Prior was among those laid off.

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Xijit
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Xijit

Yeah, several other places have confirmed it too … TIL.

redfair
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redfair

Xijit I haven’t checked it recently, but on Blue Hole’s website, it says En Masse is a sub.

ElizanderOfsc
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ElizanderOfsc

Denice J Cook The problem is the archaic style of ‘more grind’ updates that don’t really appeal to as many people anymore. I do not think it was so much their style of managing the game as the type of update they got from the developers.

Zariarn
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Zariarn

Jotunhammer Highly doubt it.  All MMOs go through layoffs.  It’s the nature of the beast.

Jotunhammer
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Jotunhammer

Say Bye Bye to Tera, its now it starts

Damonvile
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Damonvile

jeremy2020 Damonvile If blunt and honest really worked all the time there wouldn’t be a whole science built around public relations. The problem here is, people think what’s better for me, not what’s better for the company.

Considering how easy it is to cause a stampede in the gaming industry….they have good reason to not be blunt and honest with us.

jeremy2020
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jeremy2020

Damonvile I’ve never taken issue with a company for being honest.

Kherova
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Kherova

Another one bites the dust

Denice J Cook
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Denice J Cook

Awww no!  En Masse are awesome publishers.  They do a lot more in-game events and seem to listen to their community more than a lot of other publishers I could name.  That’s terrible.  I hope there aren’t many affected employees, and that those that got let go find new work soon.

Xijit
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Xijit

…. That was an EXAMPLE
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Leilonii
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Leilonii

Xijit You have one person as your example? Lol that’s not everybody leaving ArenaNet, that’s one guy moving from one company to another which is common practice in the industry when a new project comes about.

Leilonii
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Leilonii

Husvik What’s wrong with the leveling curve? You mean it’s  too fast?

Xijit
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Xijit

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Wyatt
I have no idea why the Wikipedia page for En Mass tries to hide it, but here is one example of En Mass being founded by former Arena Net people … The reality of the two companies history is that there was a pretty heavy split at NCsoft where a shit load of korean developers got pissed at the managment and either walked away, or were asked to walk away, and then want on to start their own companies (blue hole & XL are just the two most high profile examples).
but at the same time there were quite a few high level departures from NC soft’s western offices that included most of the founders from Arena Net … Most of which went on to start up En Mass (and then apparently bail out on that company too several years later).

Leilonii
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Leilonii

Xijit En Masse has always been a subsidiary of Bluehole Studios and was created explicitly by BlueHole to publish TERA in NA.

And they have nothing to do with ArenaNet so I have no clue where you got that from. Like zero.

The Devilian thing I always thought was strange. But it’s worth mentioning, BHS didn’t develop Devilian. Ginno Games developed Devilian – completely unrelated to Bluehole Studios. After development was nearly finished, Ginno games was acquired by Bluehole Studios and renamed to Bluehole Ginno. It’s now also a subsidiary of BHS.

Xijit
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Xijit

I’m gonna need a source on that … I know that the two have their hands in each other’s zippers, what with both companies being NCsoft defectors and founded at near to the same time (Blue hole being from the Lineage studio / En Mass being from Arena Net) but this is the first I have heard of En Mass being a subsidiary of Blue hole.

Damonvile
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Damonvile

Blue hole owns En Masse. While they are the western publisher of the game they’re not like Trion/ XL games.
Gameforge publishes EU btw.

BritoBruno
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BritoBruno

Xijit While i agree with you on most, i’ll keep my head on the same boat that i kept with the Trion/XL debacle.
I refuse to acknowledge that the company with knowledge about publishing and delivering in a entire side of the planet has no say AT ALL in a game.
Yeah, the racial aspect is a dick move of me to stretch, but you gotta admit, that they brought on them.

Husvik
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Husvik

The game is excellent, the leveling curve is over the top which leaves no time to enjoy the content. If not for BnS I’d still be playing Tera and probably have time for BDO too.

Xijit
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Xijit

En Mass just published it in the west, possibly just NA at that (kinda remember them having up blocks on europe); Blue hole was the developer.
… Granted, En Mass didn’t seem to have any issues with TERA being an acronym for The Elin Race (is) All (we develop for), but it is the internet, so; semantics.

Xijit
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Xijit

*cough*publisher*cough*publisher*cough*

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Damonvile 
“The game is getting older and less ppl play it…so they need/can only afford less people working on it.”
…assuming that’s the reason, that would of been a better PR statement.

BritoBruno
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BritoBruno

Well. When your game starts developing gender/racelocked content, you start asking yourself if some of them are working at all.

Damonvile
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Damonvile

What do ppl really expect companies to say? We all know why layoffs happen but it’s either PR spin or they’re dicks because they didn’t PR it up enough.
The game is getting older and less ppl play it…so they need/can only afford less people working on it.

arktourosx
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arktourosx

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