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Post by trog @ 12:25pm 11/02/09 | 49 Comments
After the initial rumours about Pandemic Studios in Brisbane, we've received confirmation that the studio has now officially been shut down. We're expecting a formal announcement a little later.

Sad news for the many employees of what was one of the biggest success stories in Australian game development and it is a blow to the local scene in general. Best of luck to all the staff.



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d0mino
Posted 12:31pm 11/2/09
:(
MrHardware
Posted 12:32pm 11/2/09
:(
`ViPER`
Posted 12:33pm 11/2/09
:(
thermite
Posted 12:44pm 11/2/09
Obviously there is a group of competent developers there that will hopefully find ways to generate work for themselves.
Steve Farrelly
Posted 12:44pm 11/2/09
One for me, one for my homies *pours malt liquor on the curb*
d0mino
Posted 12:45pm 11/2/09
thread coming soon: stinkys soup kitchen
`ViPER`
Posted 01:03pm 11/2/09
It is a bummer to be out of work all of a sudden, but I guess they had an idea it might be coming, still sucks though.

Seems a shame they cant continue, spose now they have been released from EA, someone would have had to pay the wages and other bills to keep going, and I spose there isnt a heap of money being thrown around by investors at the moment.

Here's an Idea for them if they want to start a new Gaming studio, make a Wii cricket game that doesnt suck.
ViscoS
Posted 01:06pm 11/2/09
:(
Obes
Posted 01:09pm 11/2/09
make a Wii cricket game that doesnt suck

Imagine how many wii's that'd sell in India.
exo
Posted 01:20pm 11/2/09
thread coming soon: stinkys soup kitchen

Oh snap.

trillion
Posted 01:25pm 11/2/09
Opec
Posted 01:41pm 11/2/09
:(
`ViPER`
Posted 02:12pm 11/2/09
So do they still own all the back cataloge, whats happens to any money from those sales (if any) ?
smashingpumpkin
Posted 02:37pm 11/2/09
Was that the studio near Palace Centro?
Midda
Posted 02:47pm 11/2/09
I'm running out of places to go in Australia when I get sick of this place.

:(
Hogfather
Posted 03:06pm 11/2/09
So do they still own all the back cataloge, whats happens to any money from those sales (if any) ?

? I'd assume title and the any rights to any royalties will be sold like any other company asset.

Bad news guys :(
blahnana
Posted 03:17pm 11/2/09
Pandemic Studios is a developer owned by EA, not a publisher. My understanding is that typically money from sales goes to distributors, then publishers, then developers.

In this case, money from the distributor for titles developed by Pandemic studios would probably be going to EA... except that EA only bought them a year or so back so older Pandemic titles might have different deals with other publishers if there's prior obligations.

In any case, I think this is just the Brisbane branch being closed down, not all of Pandemic Studios, so I guess money would be going from the shop to the distributor to EA (if they're not the distributor), who own Pandemic Studios. At which point EA would probably be holding onto it to slow the slide of their stock price (Looks like they peaked at $60 in Dec07 and they're now down to $16.84)

That's a rough guess based on my understanding, but don't worry there'll be plenty of people with their hands out if revenue is still coming in.
stinky
Posted 03:29pm 11/2/09
:(
Khel
Posted 03:32pm 11/2/09
:(
blahnana
Posted 03:35pm 11/2/09
I'll be in on that.

:(
Eds
Posted 03:44pm 11/2/09
:(
stinky
Posted 03:46pm 11/2/09
Once my visa etc is sorted out, I'm heading to Austin Texas to work for a little known game developer that nobody here would have even heard of called Bioware.
demon
Posted 03:48pm 11/2/09
:(

where am i gonna get comprehensive recipes from now damnits !@#!$! :(
Obes
Posted 03:49pm 11/2/09
Bet he does a frog on us ... heads off to the US never to be heard of again.
stinky
Posted 03:50pm 11/2/09
they've got the internets in america now.
tequila
Posted 03:54pm 11/2/09
bioware?

never heard of 'em
sprayNwipe
Posted 03:57pm 11/2/09
except that EA only bought them a year or so back so older Pandemic titles might have different deals with other publishers if there's prior obligations.


As part of the purchase, EA collects all of Pandemic's royalties, so THQ would be paying EA for any sales trickle from DAH, and I believe Take 2 would be paying EA for any sales trickle (hah!) from AMRTS for Gamecube since they bought the IP rights from 3DO when they went bust.
exo
Posted 04:17pm 11/2/09
Once my visa etc is sorted out, I'm heading to Austin Texas to work for a little known game developer that nobody here would have even heard of called Bioware

I demand big texas bbq smoking recipes.
trog
Posted 04:30pm 11/2/09
Once my visa etc is sorted out, I'm heading to Austin Texas to work for a little known game developer that nobody here would have even heard of called Bioware.
Nice dude, props! Except you have to go to the USA, or more specifically, Texas, but aside from that it sounds awesome.
Hogfather
Posted 04:57pm 11/2/09
Biowho?

Grats stinko :)
tequila
Posted 05:00pm 11/2/09
way to steal my joke guys

send us back some texas tea stinky
Spook
Posted 05:03pm 11/2/09
props for having the balls to move country for a job!

big move, hope it works out, please keep sending me recipies otherwise i will forget you
Basket
Posted 05:25pm 11/2/09
):
Dazhel
Posted 05:35pm 11/2/09
Say hi to W for us stinky!
Midda
Posted 05:41pm 11/2/09
I'll be expecting closed-beta invites to the KotOR MMO for QGL members.

Good luck at Bioware, Stinky!
Khel
Posted 05:48pm 11/2/09
F***, bioware hey, I think I hate you now :(

Nah, seriously, grats man, good luck :) Put in a good word for me :P
Eds
Posted 05:53pm 11/2/09
Nah, its okay to hate him for going to bioware, I do :D
Chucky
Posted 05:56pm 11/2/09
:(
Hogfather
Posted 06:14pm 11/2/09
way to steal my joke guys

1. It wasn't amazingly witty, really.
2. You should be gracious and flattered rather than angry or upset. Nobody's getting between you and your diesel in this thread! :P


last edited by Hogfather at 18:14:06 11/Feb/09
nF
Posted 07:18pm 11/2/09
Sad news for the many employees of what was one of the biggest success stories in Australian game development and it is a blow to the local scene in general. Best of luck to all the staff.


no offence to the guys who work(ed) there, but what the f*** did pandemic ever do that was good?
ViscoS
Posted 07:31pm 11/2/09
Battlefront II? I think that was them.
stinky
Posted 07:33pm 11/2/09
Army Men RTS was excellent given the license they had to work with.

Destroy All Humans 1 & 2 were both good solid games that sold millions of copies and won many wards.

what about you NF ? what have you done that's worthwhile?
Obes
Posted 07:37pm 11/2/09
what about you NF ? what have you done that's worthwhile?

He cracked 15k on his post counter.
Eds
Posted 07:48pm 11/2/09
Destroy All Humans 1 & 2 were both good solid games that sold millions of copies and won many wards.


DAH2 is still selling copys as well lol.

There is also the work that was done from several projects that never saw the light of day unfortunatly, yet they look absolutley incredible.
sLaps_Forehead
Posted 08:16pm 11/2/09
jeez with all the bad news coming from America I hope Bioware can see out the Recession stinky.

If not, I bet the Yanks have a 'Super-Size' Soupkitchen.
BatS***
Posted 10:36pm 11/2/09
There is also the work that was done from several projects that never saw the light of day unfortunatly, yet they look absolutley incredible.
Can you give us any more info or is it against some s***** contract?
ravn0s
Posted 11:13pm 11/2/09
they were doing the dark knight game until it was canned.


last edited by ravn0s at 23:13:11 11/Feb/09
BatS***
Posted 11:18pm 11/2/09
how many dark knight games?
trillion
Posted 12:28am 12/2/09
Texas? Only Steers and Queers go to Texas!
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