Electronic Arts has closed its German-based studio EA Phenomic, according to a report on Games Industry International.
EA Phenomic was best known for real-time strategy games such as BattleForge (2009), Lord of Ultima (2010) and Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliances (2012), a free-to-play browser game. The company was founded in 1997 by Volker Wertich, who had been instrumental in creating Blue Byte's series The Settlers in the 1990s. EA bought the company in 2006.
In an email to Polygon, an EA spokesperson declined to confirm whether or not the studio still exists in some form. "As part of EA's realignment in recent weeks, we have announced internally a small adjustment to some development staff to better focus our teams against priority growth areas," offered an EA statement. "The decision to let people go is not something we take lightly and we are working to ensure that impacted employees are treated fairly and with respect for their contributions to EA, and with assistance to find other job opportunities. These are hard but essential changes as we focus on delivering great games and showing players around the world why to spend their time with us."