Electronic Arts Inc. today announced an agreement with Elevation Partners to acquire VG Holding Corp. -- the owner of both BioWare Corp. and Pandemic Studios.
Bioware games on PS3. EA makes everything multi platform
Mass effect --although irrelevant might be multiplat BTW RATCHET (ps3) has got 10/10 from GAMEINFORMER http://www.neogaf.com/forum...
Mass Effect is published by microsoft. Next two games will be exclusive to 360 as well; deal has already been signed. Sorry PS3 fanboys; but Im sure you can go play lair or something to entertain you
Please No, EA's games have gone downhill, even though these aquisitions could lead to some good Multi-platform games, EA will just mess up the PS3 port like usually. :(
Bioware already has something cooking for PS3. Mass Effect trilogy is being published by MS. So maybe Mass Effect 4 and so on will go multi platform(probably PS4 and Xbox 720?). I just hope EA doesn't absorb Bioware like a giant amoeba, rather let them be their own and only publish games.
You're excited? Congrats, you're excited for an EA game. The games will be given strict deadlines and rushed. Key members from both will leave and probably start a new. There's nothing to get excited about, it's over.
everyone better respect. They could easily decide who wins the console wars if they wanted to.
So says the PS3 fanboy that was bashing EA a few weeks ago because of their sloppy ports for the PlayStation 3 video game console. Now you want the same people you told EA was trash to respect them now? Wow! A major twist of events today on N4G.com!!
Bloody Sinner, just look at em. You can practically smell the spit bubbles foaming from their mouths as they drool on their mother's keyboard. Enjoy it fanboys, but I could care less whether or not Bioware produces games that are multiplat. All I want is QUALITY games. If EA can still uphold Bioware's outstanding image than fine. Let it be. If NOT, @#$! em.
OMG, Please NO. This ugly EA is eating everything and forcing them into making yearly games. I hope this is untrue because I really don't want to see BioWare ruined.
couldn't agree more.....I am tired of EA
uh-oh I hope this doesn't screw up the Sonic RPG for DS Bioware is making. EA is cool and all but big corporations usually go for what they know will sell rather than creating something new that might sell.
Sony better start kissing up to EA, Because you know MS will.
they still have Peter Moore in their pocket no doubt
well so far, from checking EA's website, and countless other websites no one else is talking about this, and Biowares website says that their independent nvm its real
And thus does the empire expand. Behold, the new Digital Roman Empire.
how about i hate EA with a passion?
Mass Effect is a trilogy and I'm glad MS has that all wraped up for the 360. But beyond that, I don't hate EA but I also think their multiplatform stuff can be garbage most of the time. And their yearly sports rehashes are an absolute insult. I guess they got ticked with Activision's latest acquisitions and decided to do a bit more of it's own.
I always have ever since the 16-bit days. If true I guess fans can say goodbye to "quality" from Bioware. And PS3 fans can look forward to more [email protected] "ports".
I hit the disagree button by accident.
Another exclusive Microsoft lost in Mass Effect. PS3 should be getting a port of this game. When EA wants to, they will make a good port of a game. Check fight night for ps3. With Halo 3 possibly being ported and/or Halo 4 coming to PS3, Mass effect will be a devastating blow once it comes to PS3. P L A Y B 3 Y O N D
Microsoft owns the rights to Mass Effect you idiot. So.... When are you expecting Halo for Ps3?
"When EA wants to, they will make a good port of a game." Thats the problem! adding to that considering the recent events occurring between Msoft and EA, this probably wont change much. I just hope EA lets bioware do its own thing. And since you had trouble reading about bungie going independent, Halo wont be going to sony since Msoft owns the rights to it, unless they say its ok. Whats different is that if Bungie wants to make a game outside of halo, it doesn't mean they have to be exclusive to Microsoft.
your a little @#$%, aren't you. Every single day, you come in Xbox threads and post racist, irrelevant sh!t that no one wants to here. Jeez, there's an article about PS 3 expanding their online store- you could post there... but nuh-huh, NO, you post here rambling about false facts. Thank God, Lex held it down. Mass Effect is still exlusive. Big Woop. More IMPORTANTLY, the quality of the game is still intact. HURRAY!!
Sorry Lex, Bioware owns the rights to Mass Effect. This isn't like Halo or Gears of War. Also know: EA funds and publishes Bioware's games. That's the point of the deal...
at least they could fit it on one disk (run ducking)...
Omg, f'n EA. They're like the AT&T of the video game world.
Why didnt MS buy them? Or Sony? Just not EA
Microsoft buys EA xD lol j/k.... This is terrible news D: Bioware + EA = me D:
F()CK NOOO! What is wrong with EA? They're like the richest [email protected] game company on the planet- why do they need to do this. The creativity, the innovation. All gone. Well, all I got to say is this. EA had better not screw up Bioware's ideas. This had better be a "we own you, but you can do as you please" type of relationship. If not, goodbye Bioware. I really missed your quality games (Give EA hell for me, though).
are you Ps3 Fans sure you shoild be saying and hoping Mass Effect will be ported? Because We all know it isn't gonna happen because of Publishing Rights You guys really love getting great Promises and crushed hopes the very next day don't you?...... Ps3fans are the Emos of the gaming world O_o
And you xbox fans are the rat bastard d*cks that no one likes of the gaming world. Go circle jerk to Halo please. Honestly, who do you think you are inciting and generalizing like that?
coming from a PS3 fan like yourself, I could see why you might see us that way. I don't understand, however, how you could actually speak for the gaming community as a whole. You see, gaming implies that you play games. Gaming WORLD, therefore, is a community that is serious about playing games. It necessarily follows that the gaming community LOVES the 360 since its the only console that produces the most quality games. Lair? MotorStorm? Heveanly Sword? Like I said, you can't really talk for the gaming community. Just keep it to yourself. Edit: OK, I see you added "who do you think you are generalizing like that". I guess your original comment was meant to fight fire w/ fire. My mistake.
Please believe EA is gearing up to possibly introduce it's own console on the world, or strong-arm the current console makers. This has been a rumor in the industry for quite some time. Like Jen5en stated above EA is the digital Roman Empire. They are gobbling devs up faster than Pac-Man gobbles power pellets!!!!
You don't mean? Son of a @#$%$^
Could you imagine... Madden being an exclusive title to the EA system? And all the loyal Madden fans would have to buy the system, and, and, and... I can't even think right now.
EA can now openly share developement ideas with all these developers. I think this keeps alot of games away from exclusive XBOX releases as well. It will be simply which console is better, because they have the resources to make both titles for each console, not ports.
damn EA is getting very strong in the videogames industry
i really do hope ea lets bioware do its own thing though.
They had BETTER let Bioware do their own thing. Seriously, this is not some no-name brand developer we're talking about- this is BIOWARE, masters of all WRPGs. EA really declared war by doing this. They had BETTER have a good explanation (and I don't mean f^cking profits either- I wanna know how they plan to use Bioware in order to make GREAT games) Edit: Yeah Snoop, your right... F^CK!
i totally agree, bioware is an excellent company but knowing EAs ways sadly it might not turn out to be true. Thats why i said "hope".
Completely agree with you guys! I seriously hope Bioware will be left to do it's thing. Can you imagine "Mass Effect 2K8" "Mass Effect 2K9" etc etc. Doing their usual of yearly versions of games to such a quality company like Bioware would seriously piss me off! I guess time will tell. It could be good news for all gamers if it's handled correctly. But it could well destroy one of the best western RPG companys out there. Fingers crossed.
This could be good or bad, but I'm leaning towards the latter. EA is known for recycling, which in gaming is a bad thing. EA is making a major move for a reason, the real question is what that reason is. Although IMO it is not going to be to the benefit of creativity and innovation in gaming.
wow...bioware has been ruined now... casual gamers are ruining the industry...they love their EA games fueling the monster...
They better not screw up DESTROY ALL HUMANS cuz thats one of my favorite games. I think this is really bad for the industry as a whole. EA is pretty much garbage in my book. The Wal-Mart of video games.
good one and i agree. the other day i went into one of the biggest walmart supercenters in NY state, and they were only carrying 2 1080p sets, and those weren't even that good. and they are just staring to carry bluray and HDDVD. In normal supercenters i could understand this, but one of the biggest ones in NY state barely carries any of that.
I still can't understand why are MS and Sony just standing and watching this? Ok Sony has strong 1st party, just recently they aquired 2 studios, but MS is just standing there instead of buying these two studios, at leat BioWare is AAA-AAAA talent. I just don't get it!?
Check out who this two power house are: " About Pandemic Studios With a Long series of top-selling, critically acclaimed game releases, Pandemic Studios is a premier developer of console and PC entertainment. Over its nine year history, Pandemic Studios has established a reputation for producing award-winning, cutting-edge original content and enhancing the value of existing intellectual properties. Recent hits include sales-record setters Star Wars Battlefront?, Star Wars Battlefront? II, and three original Pandemic-created IPs: Mercenaries?, Destroy All Humans?, and Full Spectrum Warrior?. In addition to the recently released Destroy All Humans® 2, Pandemic Studios is developing a number of new, original titles for next-generation platforms including Mercenaries 2: World in Flames? and Saboteur? at its Los Angeles and Brisbane studio locations. For more information on Pandemic Studios and its games, please visit www.pandemicstudios.com. About BioWare BioWare Corp. is an electronic entertainment company which develops computer, console, handheld and online video games focused on rich stories and memorable characters. Since 1995, BioWare has created some of the world's best-selling titles including the award-winning Baldur's Gate? and Neverwinter Nights? series, as well as the 2003 Game of the Year, Star Wars®: Knights of the Old Republic?. Original BioWare-created IPs include the 2005 RPG of the Year, Jade Empire?, with next-generation titles Mass Effect? and Dragon Age? currently in development. Mass Effect will ship to retailers throughout North America on November 20, 2007. The game has received more than 50 awards, including the 2007 Game Critics Awards for ?Best Console Game? and ?Best RPG? at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. With studios in Edmonton, Canada, and Austin, Texas, BioWare is also hard at work on a new title for the Nintendo DS? based on Sonic the Hedgehog, as well as several unannounced projects including a massively multiplayer online game. For more information on BioWare, visit www.bioware.com. BioWare, BioWare Corp., Mass Effect, Dragon Age and Jade Empire are trademarks or registered trademarks owned by BioWare Corp. in the U.S. and other countries. " God damn, no EA go away you demon!
Boy, i'm pissed. Let no fanboy start any useless flame-wars here. Keep it reasonable and honest, or there will be hell to pay. Grrrr...
but being that microsoft employees work now at EA and EA employees work at microsoft.that would be the biggest megaton bomb ever. microsoft could never buy EA,but they could merge with EA and share advertising,online revenue,servers.and EA exclusive games would mean the end of console gaming as we know it.there would only be one next gen machine(xbox) on the market.and one low end(nintendo). sony would have to join that new microsoft alliance. that would suck. mag lev........................ but i doubt mass effect would ever come over to ps3.
Lets all just hope that EA puchased Bioware with the idea of sitting in the background and being the publisher and making profit. As long as the only thing that changes about Bioware games is the name EA somewhere on the packaging we should be cool.
Yea if you're a sony fanboy and love mediocre ports then sure this is great news for you. Exclusives are a good thing. They're usually tailor made to fit the strengths of whatever system they're exclusive to. Just think of all the aaa games in the past. How many were exclusives and how many were multiplats. I think that speaks for itself. For the many people like me who own both consoles and only care about quality gaming this news sucks. EA is the walmart of gaming, sucking out variety and originality and leaving mass produced crap in its place.
they gonna F**k bioware up,i feel sorry for bioware fans.i hate to say this but sony or M$ need to buy rockstargames befor it's too later and activision need to buy 2K games
If EA sucks so bad then the developers will leave. Simple as that contracts run out. That is the big gamble on buying a studio. You might get the name but you can't make people stay if they don't want to. That is the reason MS let BUNGIE go so think about that before eveyone goes nuts over this article.
oh god no here come more 30fps games:(
It's in The(ir) Game(s).
who owns the rights to mass effect?????
I believe MS, but I'm not sure. Confirmation? Links, anybody?
according to GS last update on the news the deal includes the mass Effect IP here is a little part of the whole IP thing "In return for paying a princely sum, EA becomes the owner of both BioWare's and Pandemic's original properties. Jade Empire, Mass Effect, and Dragon Age are among BioWare's original IP, which does not include such licensed hits as the Dungeons and Dragons-based Neverwinter Nights, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, or the DS Sonic RPG. BioWare is also working on an unnamed massively multiplayer online role-playing game. Pandemic is best known for the Full Spectrum Warrior and Mercenaries series, as well as the THQ-owned Destroy All Humans! and LucasArts-owned Star Wars: Battlefront franchises." http://www.gamespot.com/new... so yes expect Mass Effect 2 to appear in everything that has a on/off button
Man this sucks! I mean... EA? Damn this sucks!
Christ.. another blow to the game world.
Just to say, once a deal is secured legally, even if EA gains control over Bioware, the contract is still in play and is passed to them. This of course only can mean more $$ for EA... so Mass Effect won't be coming to the PS3, but most likely a new IP which is nice =)
Ea buys Bioware? Bioware Products to start going Downhill. *cries* My Neverwinter Nights is now RUINED!!! Baldur's Gate is RUINED!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOO
EA is huge!. Peter has his hands full EA has made the right choice with Peter though. This won't have any effect on game deals that were made with any specific consoles.
Even MS can't afford to keep these companies happy. It's certainly a catch 22 because if they don't have more exclusive companies then they will have less exclusive games and if they keep the exclusive companies the MS xbox group needs to pay them. Xbox group doesn't expect to make money until late 2008.
Mass effect 2008 , mass effect 2009 , mass effect 2010 ..... etc .. EA plz go to hell ASAP..
Since when does EA pump out yearly games of anything but its Sports/Racing games? Have any of you heard of a little game called SPORE, and the time put into it. Seriously, any company putting out as many titles as EA, and even Activision will have a good number of rotten apples. Go ahead and tell me every single game SquareEnix puts out is omg amazing, there not, and SquareEnix is probably my favorite dev.
but if it was up to me I rather see Bioware stay independent, just because there is some "risk" of EA getting too involved, so I guess it depends on the type of relationship EA will have with Bioware, EA has deep pockets so thats a good thing but in some cases they hurt themselves with greed, so as long as they take a hands off approach and let Bioware do their thing it could be a good thing for both companies. On a side note to #40 I dont think you will see micro buying any dev studio's in the future, yeah maybe 1 or 2 down the road but I dont expect to see any big acquisitions because micro has already indicated they would rather work with companies and pay for individual exclusives or publishing rights instead of ownership, I think they have a bad taste in their mouths from Rare so what we see now is a new business model of licensing exclusives for dev's, this also allows dev's to stay hungry and innovative instead of being caught up in the day to day grind of a big corporation. JOY