Following the onslaught of rumors and shutdown news, NCsoft Austin officially confirmed to Warcry "that 21 positions are being eliminated in the Austin office of NCsoft in the area of product development." Dungeon Runners will also suffer losses, most notably Associate Producer April "CuppaJo" Burba, and Community Manager "Crickette".
Tabula Rasa was not touched upon in the official release, meaning that its core team will likely be unaffected by the cuts. Concerning the prototype and unannounced project, it has been confirmed that Scott "Lum The Mad" Jennings left NCsoft today.
NCsoft North America Director of Public Relations, David Swofford sent us the following reply, asserting the company's refocusing efforts:
We are announcing that 21 positions are being eliminated in the Austin office of NCsoft in the area of product development. Primarily this is related to products which we have not previously announced and were in prototype phases. We are also cutting some positions on the Dungeon Runners team after deciding not to port the client to other platforms at this time.
Warcry will continue covering NCsoft Austin's transition, and its effect on the future of Tabula Rasa and Dungeon Runners. Stay tuned.