The end of the exercise is approaching and electronic arts posted an update on how they plan to move their business forward next year. The bad news is that EA will restructure and there will be layoffs that will affect “about six percent” of the workforce, or about 750 employees.
The projects have apparently also been cancelled.
EA CEO Andrew Wilson explained that the publisher is “moving away from projects that don’t contribute to our strategy, reviewing our real estate footprint and restructuring some of our teams.” Reading between the lines, it looks like some games have also been canceled, although nothing has been confirmed.
Recent rumors claimed that a single-player Apex Legends game was canceled, while the mobile versions of Battlefield and Apex Legends were officially discontinued at the end of January. The future of the Madden franchise rests entirely on Madden NFL 24, as servers shut down for some older Battlefield games.
Employees from canceled projects will likely be among EA’s 750 layoffs. Colleagues who have been removed from projects will be given the opportunity to “move on to other projects”, but there will be layoffs where this is not possible. While Wilson went on to say that they treated the process with “the utmost care and respect”, the sentiment soured somewhat after he also said that EA was “operating from a position of strength” and ” our business is growing.”