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Sources: EA Partners Facing Closure

GI: "Game Informer has received word from multiple anonymous sources close to the matter that the EA Partners label will soon be shut down. This program was EA's mechanism for providing contract-based publishing services for independent developers. This move comes during a period that has seen the departure of CEO John Riccitiello, layoffs around the world in the publisher's mobile and social divisions, and the abandonment of relatively new Facebook titles from a studio that was acquired for $300 million."

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sherimae24131185d ago (Edited 1185d ago )

tsk..tsk. -_-
is visceral games and maxis will also be affected by this?

Good_Guy_Jamal1185d ago (Edited 1185d ago )

No, those are in-house studios. Second party devs like Valve, Insomniac, Crytek, Epic and all other independent studios who release their games via EA Partners are the ones that will be affected if they had plans to release more games like The Orange Box, Fuse, Crysis and Bulletstorm through EA.

Saving grace is that they all still maintain rights to their respective IP's so they can find other publishers .

sherimae24131185d ago

i see, thx for the info jamal ^_^
but is insomniac also a 2nd party dev for sony? hope they new title "fuse" do well

showtimefolks1185d ago (Edited 1185d ago )

For all the hate EA gets this was one of the best and most risky thing EA did, they invest a lot of money than let the original developer keep the IP

Shadow of damned
Upcoming Fuse by insomniac

Some of the titles under EA partners program.

Majiebeast

Maybe it could have sold better but maybe it was a niche game that was only targeting a smaller audience.

This is one thing I have seen and I would be would interested in seeing in future, many publishes advertise their games but not games which are made by 2nd party or where they don't own the IP

EA with shadow of damned
Sony with resistance when it was clearly better than Killzone

What will be really interesting is ho activision handles destiny since they don't own the IP

da_2pacalypse1185d ago

You raise good points, except you didn't mention one thing: EA barely marketed the EA partners games. Its failures can only be blamed on lack of marketing, because there were several excellent games in this program.

Good_Guy_Jamal1185d ago

I agree, games like Crysis, Portal 2 and Kingdom of Amalurwere very well marketed by EA despite them not owning rights to the IP's.

This is one area where EA is king because most big publishers want to own all the games they publish. This is why Insomniac went to EAP in the first place, they want to get their work published without losing ownership of said work.

Activision(Destiny), Namco Bandai(The Withcer 2)and Microsoft(Gears + Alan Wake) are the other big publishers that do this that spring in mind.

jimbobwahey1185d ago

EA deserves the hate because they interfered with the games those developers were/are making and they really suffered for it.

The original Shadows of the Damned was going to be amazing, and very similar to something Team ICO would have made, given how artful and innovative the game was going to be. EA made them change the game into a stupid third person shooter though.

As for Fuse well, look at what Insomniac were making when it was revealed and how it's now turned into another generic third person shooter thanks to EA's interference.

I'm glad EA is shutting this down because now developers can seek out publishers who won't poison their creative visions.

showtimefolks1185d ago

Jimbo

I don't think you are giving enough credit to EA. read bioware doctors interview they said EA is very Handsoff when it comes to development and they don't work for EA anymore

Good guy

That's what it is people don't want to look at some of the big games that EA actually advertised under this program which ended up selling way less than. Expected

Insomniac changed their game because they wanted to appeal to a bigger market

And shadow of damned sold ok but it wasn't a special game

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majiebeast1185d ago

Maybe if they had actually marketed some of these games like Shadows of the damned they wouldnt have to close this branch. Its pretty funny to see EA struggling so much.

grassyknoll1185d ago

Shadow of the Damned was just sent out to die. EA had no faith in the title at all.

Pandamobile1185d ago (Edited 1185d ago )

This really sucks if it's true. EA's Partners program has been pretty pretty good to us and most of the developers that used it, regardless of how crappy the other arms of EA have become.

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Xer0_SiN1185d ago

hey as long as visceral games keep pumping out those dead space games, i really could care less. bioware could always find someone else to publish kotr to playstation, so were all good!

Xer0_SiN1185d ago

heh. i guess somebody doesnt like kotr. shame on you!

Pandamobile1185d ago

I think you're misunderstanding this situation a bit.

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