After the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 on consoles, publisher Electronic Arts are proposing the closure of the game’s developer, European-based Bright Light.
An EA spokesperson confirmed the news to GI.biz:
After a review of all current and future projects, Electronic Arts has started a formal consultation process with its Bright Light employees over the proposed closure of the studio. The proposed changes will help centralize development on future projects, reduce development costs and will allow for better knowledge and talent sharing within the organisation.
Furthermore, the company offered hope for those who would potentially be laid off:
Employees that are impacted will be considered for positions at other EA Studios including those in the UK. The UK is a vital centre of game development for EA and we intend to maintain a strong presence here.
One possible motive behind the decision to close the studio is that the Harry Potter movie franchise recently ended, so there being any more possible games based on the series is rather unlikely.
PSLS will like to wish those who are affected by the lay-offs all the best for the future.