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En Masse Entertainment has been hit with layoffs.

En Masse Entertainment, the publisher behind the Western release of massively multiplayer online game TERA, is the latest company hit with layoffs, according to a series of tweets from digital marketing manager Evan "Scapes" Berman.

"Layoffs have occurred at En Masse. I was hit," Berman tweeted.

"Today, we had to let go of some of the great talent at En Masse Entertainment. While a tough decision, it was necessary as we prepare for the next chapter of our business. TERA has been a great launch for us, and we are committed to our loyal players. We're taking measures to align the needs of our business to continue supporting TERA and preparing for our future," said vice president of publishing Chris Lee in a statement sent to Polygon.

"We are working with those affected by this transition, including offering assistance on new prospects within the industry/area. If there are companies who are looking for talented people with publishing experience, please send an email with the details to info@enmasse.com," Lee added.

TERA, called The Exiled Realm of Arborea in its native Korea, was "westernized" and brought stateside by EnMasse Entertainment in May and to Europe by Frogster Interactive. In June En Masse began a one-week free trial program for its North American players, allowing them they test drive eight different characters up to level 23.

Earlier in the year, Korean publisher NCSoft filed a lawsuit against original developer Bluehole in attempt to prevent a western release for TERA, claiming that in making the game Bluehole had used "NCsoft trade secrets in the form of source code or game design." Ultimately Bluehole was found not guilty of the charges.