Reuters is running an article officially confirming and further detailing the closing of Origin:
LOS ANGELES, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc. will close down its Austin, Texas studio, home to the "Ultima Online" franchise, by the end of April, the company said on Wednesday.
They even acknowledge that we're slightly ahead of the hard news sites:
Rumors had spread in recent days across Internet fan sites devoted to Origin games like "Ultima" and "Wing Commander" that the Austin studio was to be shut down.
Fair and balanced WCNews indeed! I'll be in Austin for a completely unrelated reason at the beginning of April, if anyone wants to get together and take a last look at the place.