Boston based Turbine, the studio behind games like The Lord of the Rings Online, has confirmed that it has laid off a number of employees as it transitions to free-to-play mobile development.
Parent company Warner Brothers told Kotaku
Turbine is transitioning into a free-to-play, mobile development studio, and as a result we are eliminating some positions. The Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons and Dragons online games will continue to operate as they do now. Re-focusing and reducing the studio size was a difficult decision for the company, and we are grateful to all of the Turbine staff for their considerable contributions.
Exact figures on the number of developers affected hasn’t been released but we wish everyone affected all the best in their future endeavors.