A new confirmation from EA has surfaced indicating that a "small" number of layoffs have been put into effect. However, EA has clarified that the number was not as expansive as the 500 that were originally rumored. The EA Montreal branch, the same minds behind Army of Two, SSX and Need for Speed, to name a few, will be on the receiving end of the layoffs.
The original report from Startup Grind indicated that EA was doing some internal shifting hinted at publishing giant and making the cuts before the month was out, and Startup Grind was right.
According to GameIndustry.biz International, they received word from Electronic Arts corporate communications that...
"EA Montreal is reorganizing some teams to focus on digital initiatives, including new mobile and social projects," ... "These are routine changes which address the cyclical nature of the game industry. A very small number of employees will be impacted - many will be assigned to new projects at EA, others will leave the company."
"Overall, we expect that EA's headcount will be up at the end of this year."
This basically reinforces what EA said before, that they would be hiring more than firing by the end of the year.