It’s official. EA has decided to shut down it’s Guildford-based Bright Light Studios, which is responsible for games such as the Harry Potter titles. It officially closed it’s doors in November, which resulted in job losses, but it was waiting for the official finalisation of law proceeding to take place. In October, EA said it had entered into talks with Bright Light employees over a proposed closure in an effort to “centralize development on future projects, reduce development costs and will allow for better knowledge and talent sharing within the organization.”
With Bright Lights Studio completely gone, EA is left with just two more studios in the UK: the Burnout and Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit developer Criterion Games and the social game studio Playfish.