A maintenance notice has been posted.



Friends,

We wanted to share this information with you all here and answer the question some of you may be asking. How will these changes affect Free Realms? Quite simply, the world will go on as ever, with ongoing development and support. We thank all the many and varied players of our Free Realms community for their support and feedback that have helped evolve Free Realms to the successful game that it is. Stay tuned for a Producer’s Letter next week with more information about what lies ahead for Free Realms in 2011.

~Linda “Brasse” Carlson

Director, Global Community Relations



Following is the official notice that you may see on other sites:

As part of a strategic decision to reduce costs and streamline its global workforce, SOE announced today that it will eliminate 205 positions and close its Denver, Seattle and Tucson studios. As part of this restructuring, SOE is discontinuing production of The Agency so it can focus development resources on delivering two new MMOs based on its renowned PlanetSide and EverQuest properties, while also maintaining its current portfolio of online games. All possible steps are being taken to ensure team members affected by the transition are treated with appropriate concern.

This strategic decision will have no impact on SOE’s current portfolio of live games; additionally SOE will transition development efforts for the Denver and Tucson studios’ suite of products to its San Diego headquarters. This strategic alignment of development resources better positions SOE to remain a global leader in online gaming and deliver on its promise of creating entertaining games for players of all ages, and servicing the 20 million players that visited SOE servers in just the past year.



[ Original Announcement on SOE Forum ]