Jagex freezes Stellar Dawn development

Jagex freezes Stellar Dawn development
Will Freeman

By Will Freeman

March 2nd 2012 at 3:04PM

12 jobs lost as studio reorganises to focus on RuneScape and Transformers Universe MMOs

Jagex has today put on hold development of its sci-fi MMO Stellar Dawn.

With immediate effect, development will cease, so as to allow the studio to focus more energy on the up and coming Transformers Universe MMO, and on its long standing core IP RuneScape.

While a dozen staff have lost their jobs, Jagex has managed to relocate the majority of the Stellar Dawn team.

“This year is set to be our biggest year to date and it’s vital that we ensure that we’re in the best possible position to deliver on our ambitious plans," said Jagex CEO Mark Gerhard. "Jagex has always been committed to developing the highest quality games and services. This is not a decision we have taken lightly; the Stellar Dawn team has achieved a great deal developing the game and should rightly be proud of their achievements so far.”

“Having paused all Stellar Dawn development, we have been able to reallocate all but 12 members of the team to our other development studios." added Gerhard. "It is very sad to lose any members of the team. We will naturally continue to support and help them during this difficult time and wish them every success in the future. The remaining team members have now all moved into their new roles.

"I believe that with their added expertise fortifying the other development teams, and a sharp focus on just a handful of opportunities this year, Jagex is in the strongest possible position ever to achieve our plans for the year ahead and to ensure that 2012 will be Jagex’s most successful year to date.”