En Masse confirms TERA layoffs

    
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So many colors in the anger rainbow.
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

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