EA Signs With Epic To Publish New IP
Electronic Arts has made it very clear they wish to focus on quality software and regain the trust of many next-gen gamers. The best way to do this? Team up with proven development studios, of course.
According to Ripten, EA has just signed a deal to publish "an all-new IP" from Epic Games' People Can Fly Studio. They're responsible for the likes of Painkiller and the Gears of War PC port, so there's no question People Can Fly could produce a big winner for EA. Frank Gibeau, president of the EA Games label, says they are "very proud to have Epic join the growing roster of EA partners," and Epic VP Mark Rein had this to say-
"Epic is excited to work with EA Partners to launch our next big IP on the global stage. EA Partners gives independent developers like Epic the muscle of a global publisher like EA, along with the focus and flexibility of a smaller team committed to working with our individual needs."
Bad news tends to stick in gamers' minds, which is why EA has been forced to struggle to get back on their good side, especially where PlayStation 3 owners are concerned. But thus far in 2008, we've seen EA become more and more committed to the words they issue to the press, so hopefully, future results will be good. We'll keep an eye on whatever this new project is, and when either EA or Epic decides to unveil it, we'll be all over it.
8/14/2008 Ben Dutka