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America's Army Dev Studio Closes Doors

The U.S. Army has closed down the Emeryville, Calif. development studio responsible for the free game/Army recruitment tool America's Army, shifting development to Alabama, according to media reports.
The U.S. Army has closed down the Emeryville, Calif. development studio responsible for the game/Army recruitment tool America's Army, according to a report from gaming website Shacknews. The closure comes just after the release of PC-based first person shooter and recruitment tool America's Army 3, which launched earlier this week. A representative for America's Army said in a statement, "This consolidation will allow us to gain efficiencies between our public and government applications." Despite the closure, the America's Army series will continue. "We appreciate all the hard work that every member of the America's Army team has contributed to the project, and we look forward to delivering future America's Army game releases in the months ahead." Future development of the PC series will shift over to the program office in Redstone, Ala., the report said. The number of workers affected by the closure is currently unknown. The America's Army series originally launched on PC in 2002 as a free download, which the U.S. Army freely admits it uses as a recruitment tool for the military.

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