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Sony Online Entertainment has confirmed the closure of its Denver, Seattle and Tucson studios - eliminating 205 jobs - and the cancellation of troubled cross-platform spy MMO The Agency.

"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," explained a SOE statement. "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."

Via Joystiq

VideoGamer.com Analysis

The Agency was announced in June 2007 and most recently was set for a second half of 2011 release. The title showed some promise, but given its prolonged development time we can't say we're shocked at the news of its demise.

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Mr_Ninjutsu

Agree with woffles, Sony had a great concept, but from the media coverage it had before it being canned, it was a sure sign of a failure. Pity and a couple of mates were looking forward to playing this too.
Posted 23:32 on 02 April 2011
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Bloodstorm

How many of the customer service isn't robbing cu*ts though?
Posted 14:27 on 02 April 2011
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dudester

I tired compare the meerkat but the fat opera singer gave me a better quote :(
Posted 13:35 on 02 April 2011
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EverTheOptimist

Gamefactory.com? Are you sure you don't mean CompareTheMeerkat.com? You sound like that furry thing off the telly.
Posted 12:58 on 02 April 2011
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Bloodstorm

Shame, i wanted it.
Posted 06:15 on 02 April 2011
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Clockpunk

That's a shame - The Agency was on my list of titles to watch. The artistic style looked good, as was the concept, so its a real shame to see it get canned.
Posted 01:19 on 02 April 2011
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pblive

Thing is, I imagined this to have a similar setup to DCU and that just hasn't done very well.
Posted 22:47 on 01 April 2011
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EverTheOptimist

That's unfortunate but I'm with Woffls. It would have probably been a pretty decent game that would never do well enough in terms of sales. Still, it's not as if it was a ground-breaking concept worthy of shedding tears.
Posted 11:38 on 01 April 2011
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Woffls

Never really expected this game to get released. It's sort of a shame, because I love the concept, but I think it's wise that they dropped it because it would have been a commercial failure.
Posted 11:07 on 01 April 2011

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Release Date: TBA
Developer: Sony Online Entertainment
Publisher: Sony Online Entertainment
Genre: MMO Shooter
No. Players: 1 + Online
Rating: PEGI 16+
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