AustralianGamer have received reports from multiple sources that EA is closing Pandemic Studios Brisbane. EA acquired Pandemic Studios in October, 2007, and has recently been known to be letting go of staff due to the economic downturn. AustralianGamer were the first to report the rumour on the trouble at the Brisbane studio late last year concerning the axing of their Batman movie license title, as well as the shedding of over a dozen staff, which turned out to be true.
The main question now is what will happen to the leads of the studio and the current, secret, next gen title they were working on (not the aformentioned bat related one). It's been speculated that they key staff will form a new independant company with EA's blessing, and are being allowed to take their game with them!
If this is the case, it's certainly a very unique set of developments, and all things considered would probably be the most positive outcome to result from a studio closure.
Kotaku has additional rumours that EA has "let go" of Pandemic Studios Brisbane to find a new publisher, and is letting the company keep its I.P and assets.
It's certainly a terrible outcome for Pandemic Studios Brisbane, a studio that had some extremely talented staff on board. And it's particularly unfortunate to not see any results of their hard work since Destroy All Humans! 2: Make War Not Love from late 2006, as I'm sure if they had the chance to finish their game in development, it may have brought upon a different outcome for Pandemic Studios Brisbane.