Turbine Incorporated, located in Needham, Massachusetts, cut employees yesterday as a part of restructuring at its parent company, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Turbine is well known for its MMORPGs, Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online.
“As part of the continual review of our business operations and fluctuating market conditions, we have had to make reductions in our Turbine workforce,” said Remi Sklar, spokeswoman for Warner Bros. Entertainment Group, in an e-mail. “The group continues to remain an integral part of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.”
Turbine has more than 400 employees and is the Boston area’s largest studio. The cuts come after Zynga recently shut down its Cambridge, Massachusetts office of 50 employees and has plans to shut down other studios.
On the positive side, Turbine has hired Elder Scrolls designer Ken Rolston, as well as Alan Villani, from the Mortal Kombat studio NetherRealm. Rolston will be the studio’s director of design, while Villani will work as the vice president of technology.