Update: A memo allegedly leaked from within EA Chicago, and acquired by Kotaku appears to confirm the studio’s closure.
“Today we are announcing the closure of our studio in Chicago,” the memo, reportedly penned by EA Games president Frank Gibeau, reads. “This is a difficult decision but we are convinced it’s the right thing to do for the future of the Games Label and EA.”
Original Story: Rumors have begun to circulate that mega-publisher Electronic Arts will be shutting down its Chicago studio. The company recently revealed it lost $195 million in the past quarter announced its reorganization plan to prevent further losses.
Members of EA Chicago were responsible for the Fight Night series, as well as this Def Jam fighting franchise, the most recent entry of which, Def Jam: Icon (PS3, X360), was met with lukewarm reviews. The studio was known to be working on an untitled fighting game featuring Marvel Comic characters, which was planned for release in 2008.
With reports of the studio’s closure making the rounds on message boards, the fate of that game is unclear. Should the rumors pan out, it is possible the team may be able to finish the game before losing their jobs. Other possibilities include the game being transfered to another studio or being canceled.
Shacknews has inquired to EA as to the current status of EA Chicago, but has yet to receive a response.