Turbine layoffs confirmed: Turbine is transitioning into a ‘mobile’ dev studio

We’ve updated the end of this post with Warner Bros.’ statement to us.
It sounds as if Turbine may have been hit with another round of layoffs. Former Community Manager Rick “Sapience” Heaton tweeted this cryptic message alluding to bad news for the MMO teams:

There’s a bit more on Facebook:


We’ve reached out to Turbine for more. Everyone affected has our deepest sympathies.

Source: Twitter. Cheers, Amorey.
Update: Warner Bros. PR has issued the following statement to Massively OP:

“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.”

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