Turbine, the studio behind The Lord of the Rings Online, has had to lay off a number of employees recently. In a statement issued to Gamasutra, a representative for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the studio’s parent company, said the following:
“As part of our normal business process, we’re routinely looking at the strategic alignment of our company. Unfortunately, in order for us to invest in growth areas at Turbine, we have to eliminate some positions.”
“These are always tough decisions, which we don’t approach lightly, but it’s crucial that Turbine is structured in a way that reflects the current and coming marketplace.”
We at the Middle-earth News offer our condolences to those affected by the layoffs, as well as our gratitude for making the game one that we love and enjoy immensely.