Electronic Arts has laid off staff in its Los Angeles and Montreal studios today, according to multiple reports - including this one over at Polygon. Rumors were flying earlier in the day that Visceral Montreal, the studio behind upcoming shooter Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel, had been closed. EA would not confirm or deny this rumor (despite plenty of chatter on Twitter about it), only saying that it had laid off employees at in "Los Angeles, Montreal as well as in some smaller locations."
The company said the layoffs were the result of a "console transition."
"Thousands of our existing employees have been retrained and redeployed to work on the new platforms and initiatives," EA president of labels, Frank Gibeau said in a statement. "But when it is not possible to redeploy a team, we soften the tough decisions with assistance. This week we let some people go in Los Angeles, Montreal as well as in some smaller locations. These are good people and we have offered outplacement services and severance packages to ease their transition to a new job."
Army of Two: Devil's Cartel is scheduled for release on March 26 for Xbox 360 and PS3. It would be a shame for the people who made the game to be out of work before it even hits the market...