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Turbine hit with layoffs

Turbine cuts

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Turbine, the Boston-area MMO developer behind The Lord of the Rings Online, laid off an unspecified number of employees today, reports the Boston Globe.

A representative for Turbine's parent company, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, told the Globe that the layoffs resulted from a "continual review of our business operations and fluctuating market conditions." She added, "[Turbine] continues to remain an integral part of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment."

Turbine employs over 400 individuals, making it the largest studio in the Boston area. Today's cuts come less than a week after the company announced the hiring of four high-level officers, including renowned role-playing game designer Ken Rolston, to lead its design and technology operations.

We've reached out to Warner Bros. Interactive to find out if cuts at any of the company's other studios are planned, and will update this article with any information we receive.

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