is taking hedge trimmers to its Montreal offices today. Senior Game Designer Tanya Short
posted the following this afternoon on her Twitter account
: "When your branch shuts down, I guess it's less like being fired and more like honorable discharge. Thanks for going down with the ship! Bye!"
Massively contacted Funcom for an official statement. Director of Communications Erling Ellingsen
confirmed layoffs but assured us that Funcom's games will continue on: "We are currently in a restructuring process and the Montreal office is part of that process along with our other branches. This process unfortunately involves a reduction in staff, but the studio is not closing down. It will continue on, but in a different form and function than today. Anarchy Online
, as well as The Secret World
and Age of Conan
, will definitely continue to operate and be an important part of the company's focus going forward." He said that the studio would provide more details when it had finished with the process.
Funcom previously stated
that it was restructuring the company to make it more profitable. The Montreal office was established in 2009 and employed 110 people.