Last night, gamesindustry.biz
broke a double rumor: that NCsoft Europe would be shedding staff (not closing altogether, as is being reported elsewhere) and that Tabula Rasa
would be closing shortly. While we have received no official comment as yet on the alleged job losses, we are delighted to report that NCsoft staff member 'Ziggidy Zaggidy' has stated outright over on planettr.com
that there are 'no current plans to can Tabula Rasa
We should also add here that contrary to the claim at gamesindustry.biz (repeated by us) that 'speculation that Tabula Rasa was to be discontinued wasn't addressed
' last time similar rumors circulated, the NCsoft staff did actually state
that the Austin studio changes would not affect Tabula Rasa
. We apologise for not refuting the gamesindustry.biz claim sooner.
It seems the rumors of job losses are at least partly accurate: poster CMGangrel on planettr.com
has confirmed this. However, to put the job loss rumors into perspective, we would remind readers that the original source for this particular rumor - an article at gamesindustry.biz
- referred to the loss of only 50 jobs. According to information from September last year
, NCsoft Europe had originally employed 112 staff, and then went on to employ over 100 more when the company expanded. A loss of 50 jobs would, therefore, not amount to studio closure by a long chalk.