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SpellForce dev EA Phenomic shuts down

German RTS specialist no more.

Spellforce 2, released in 2006.

EA has closed German real-time strategy specialist Phenomic.

Eurogamer sister site Gamesindustry International reports EA Phenomic, creator of BattleForge, Lord of Ultima and, most recently, free-to-play browser RTS Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliances, has been shuttered, with the loss of 60 staff.

Phenomic is perhaps best known for the Spellforce series, which it created before it was bought by EA in 2006.

"As part of EA's realignment in recent weeks, we have announced internally a small adjustment to some development staff to better focus our teams against priority growth areas," EA said in a statement.

"The decision to let people go is not something we take lightly and we are working to ensure that impacted employees are treated fairly and with respect for their contributions to EA, and with assistance to find other job opportunities.

"These are hard but essential changes as we focus on delivering great games and showing players around the world why to spend their time with us."