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Electronics Arts is reportedly planning to shut down the Origin Systems development studio in Austin, Texas.

The Origin studio, under the direction of Richard Garriott, ...

David Jenkins, Blogger

February 24, 2004

1 Min Read

Electronics Arts is reportedly planning to shut down the Origin Systems development studio in Austin, Texas. The Origin studio, under the direction of Richard Garriott, was famous throughout the eighties and nineties as one of America’s most talented game development studios, having created the modern role-playing game genre with Ultima and enjoying subsequent success with titles such as Wing Commander and Privateer. Since being acquired by Electronic Arts though, the studio has only worked on the Ultima Online MMORPG series. Staff at the studio will apparently be offered the choice of a severance package or relocation to California. The news, if true, follows the recent relocation of Maxis and the closing of Westwood Studios by the company. Source: gamesindustry.biz

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David Jenkins ([email protected]) is a freelance writer and journalist working in the UK. As well as being a regular news contributor to Gamasutra.com, he also writes for newsstand magazines Cube, Games TM and Edge, in addition to working for companies including BBC Worldwide, Disney, Amazon and Telewest.

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