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BioWare and Pandemic now officially a part of EA

Electronic Arts said today in a press release that it has successfully completed the acquisition of VG Holding Corp. and has officially welcomed BioWare Corp. and Pandemic Studios to the EA Games family.

The addition of the two studios to EA’s stable brings ten new franchises to EA, based on six wholly-owned intellectual properties.

“BioWare Corp. and Pandemic Studios are two world-class studios and bring strong, highly compatible cultures of creative excellence to the EA Games Label,” said Frank Gibeau, president of the EA Games Label, who will oversee the two studios within the organization. “Their strengths in the RPG, action and adventure genres further broadens EA’s portfolio, and reinforces our commitment to creating the world’s greatest interactive entertainment.”

The two doctor heads of BioWare, Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk, along with Pandemic Studios’ Andrew Goldman and Josh Resnick have each been named as Vice Presidents of EA and Co-General Managers of their former companies.

“EA has shown great respect for the creative integrity of our studios and BioWare’s core values of quality in our workplace, quality in our products, and entrepreneurship,” said Muzyka. “Operating as a city-state within the larger EA studio family, our talented teams at BioWare Edmonton and BioWare Austin are empowered to continue delivering powerful emotional experiences through our story-driven games.”

“Our new EA partnership is already proving to be both positive and productive,” added Resnick. “Pandemic Studios prides itself upon its creative independence while being the best place for top industry talent to work. These values continue to be upheld by all levels of EA and we couldn’t be more excited about the future of our studio and our games.”

EA’s plan to acquire BioWare and Pandemic was announced on October 11, 2007 in a deal worth $860 million.

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By Spoelie on 1/7/2008 3:52:35 PM , Rating: 5
EA? Such a name does not conjure images of righteous behavior. Stand still a moment and let Boo have a look at you


Go for the eyes Boo!

By Spivonious on 1/7/2008 4:02:52 PM , Rating: 2
Ahh that brings back memories.

By rykerabel on 1/8/2008 1:05:02 PM , Rating: 2
Hey There.

By AlexandertheBlue on 1/7/2008 4:04:36 PM , Rating: 2
rofllmao! Geek out brother!

By rykerabel on 1/8/2008 1:07:29 PM , Rating: 2
Hey There...

By Relion on 1/7/2008 4:15:08 PM , Rating: 2
hahaahahahaha...I loved the squeaky sound boo used to do...

By rykerabel on 1/8/2008 1:12:42 PM , Rating: 2
Hey There.


OMG! I hated that guy. LOL

By dickeywang on 1/7/2008 5:11:24 PM , Rating: 2
Go for the eyes Boo!

By Schadenfroh on 1/7/2008 6:13:49 PM , Rating: 3
Ahh, I see you still have that..... rodent... Dare I ask how you kept it secret from our EA overlords?

By RonLugge on 1/7/2008 9:54:37 PM , Rating: 2
Minsc will lead with blade and boot!

Boo will take care of the details...

I loved that guy! Almost makes me want to whip out my BG CD's...

Of course, the rumors of a NWN2 "port" may make the un-necessary soon.

By bryanW1995 on 1/7/2008 10:22:35 PM , Rating: 2
you are a pirate? where is your peg? and your parrot, maybe he could meet boo. They could wrassel.

By Rike on 1/8/2008 2:16:02 AM , Rating: 2
Can we get a big green 6 up there? If there ever was one, that's it.

I post this only because I can't rate you any higher.

Goodbye, Bioware...
By DigitalFreak on 1/7/2008 3:52:59 PM , Rating: 3
EA still sucks ass.

RE: Goodbye, Bioware...
By Misty Dingos on 1/7/08, Rating: 0
RE: Goodbye, Bioware...
By Alexstarfire on 1/7/08, Rating: 0
RE: Goodbye, Bioware...
By Misty Dingos on 1/7/2008 6:33:15 PM , Rating: 2
Do you all not live on the same planet I do?
Do you not see the advertising on all most every available surface in the real world?
Have none of you ever opened a magazine or newspaper?
Ever watch TV?
Listen to the radio?

Plato said that only the dead know the end of war. I would also add that Only the dead will escape advertising.

Do you think that for some reason your computer and video games are made by happy shiny people working in a music filled fantasy world that somehow remains untouched by the cold hands of capitalism?

It is an industry cranking out as much as it can as fast as it can to rake in as much money as it can. It exists only to feed the dual desires of people to play the games and for other people to make money.

Bashing EA for doing what they are doing is like bashing GM for putting an Awia stereo in their cars and then advertising the fact. And who did GM swallow up to get where they are today? Lots of other manufactures.

So please give me a break and please step out of the cocoon that you live in and accept that originality in the computer/video game industry is something that is going to be rare and precious. Most of what they churn out is going to be as exciting as last years sit-coms and just as memorable.

I am sorry to be the one to tell you Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy don't exist but someone was going to do it anyway and it might as well be me.

RE: Goodbye, Bioware...
By Alexstarfire on 1/7/2008 7:20:31 PM , Rating: 2
Damn, who shoved a stick up your ass. I never said they weren't a good BUSINESS. They just make crappy stuff. People obviously don't care enough, else we wouldn't have EA or Microsoft anymore. Also, I never said a damn thing about advertising, now did I. Stop just adding crap that I never mentioned. It seems obvious that you feel the same way about them as all of us, the fact that nothing is original, but for some reason feel the need to bash us about it. If they make money, good for them. I on the other hand would rather play a great game. Blizzard takes this approach and they seem to be doing rather well. I don't know how much money they have, but WoW sure is bringing them millions of dollars a month.

RE: Goodbye, Bioware...
By Misty Dingos on 1/7/2008 8:02:32 PM , Rating: 2
I don't believe anyone stuck a stick up my ass. But I must admit I did pick your post to reply to as someone who replied to my own.

To be fair you didn't mention EA's advertising practices but it was mentioned in many of the posts here. Also we know that EA has become infamous for it's use of in game advertising.

Honestly I believe that much of their software is as good as anyone else's. The fact that they have a large market share will get them more craptastic games out there than other companies. They will also have their share of good to great games.

If anyone wants to pick a company with originality in mind I would have to pick Valve right now. If you haven't played Portal this year you aren't alive.

RE: Goodbye, Bioware...
By bryanW1995 on 1/7/2008 10:28:39 PM , Rating: 2
bioware got sold out b/c ray muzyka and greg zeschuk needed a couple hundred million bucks. each. I don't blame them, how many people do you know who WOULDN'T sell their company for that much money? I'm sure that they have a significant no-compete (probably 2-5 yrs) clause, and they probably got "paid" in EA stock that can't be sold for several years. Let's hope that those two bring EA up to their level instead of vice versa.

RE: Goodbye, Bioware...
By Screwballl on 1/7/2008 7:19:54 PM , Rating: 2
agreed... they have taken awesome games and developers and turned them all into expansions to further their money hungry reign of terror...

I am one that is boycotting anything EA related. I refuse to buy them, I refuse to play them.

another 2 studio's gone
By TSS on 1/7/2008 3:52:38 PM , Rating: 2
there's a multitude of EA bashing comments that one can think off right now, as well as positive ones. but the one thing that i can't get out of my head when reading news about EA buying yet another studio would be:

"goddammit that's another crapload of games where i'll never be able to skip the damn logo"

seriously i downloaded crysis, played it, thought it was good and went and bought it. well my friends, in the pirate version you *can* skip all the logo's (meaning the EA, the crymax, the nvidia and the intel one) while in the legal version, you *can't*. well actually it is possible but for some reason it only happened once, now i can't do it anymore. must be a bug. i hated it in the past but 4 frickin logo's? EVERY TIME YOU START THE GAME?!?!

that must be their world domination plan. in 20 years everybody will pay 80 bucks for their 20 minute games with 4 hours of fancy logo's displaying. every time you start up the game.

By Vanilla Thunder on 1/7/2008 3:55:55 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know about Crysis, but in BF2, all it took was a simple name change on the video and logo files to make that stop. Simply change the file names to "stop" and you won't have to be bothered by any of that anymore. It will skip straight to the menu screen.


RE: another 2 studio's gone
By masteryoda34 on 1/7/2008 4:37:27 PM , Rating: 2
Replace the video files in the Crysis directory with zero byte files. Then the videos don't play. And yes it works on the legit version.

RE: another 2 studio's gone
By Alexstarfire on 1/7/2008 5:06:09 PM , Rating: 2
Or you could be the smart guy and just delete the damn files. Took me about 2 seconds to figure that out, once I found the folder that contained the video files at least. It's a waste of time and space.

RE: another 2 studio's gone
By Polynikes on 1/7/2008 5:14:05 PM , Rating: 3
I hate EA
By Maximilian on 1/7/2008 3:59:05 PM , Rating: 2
I hate EA, they're the worst games publisher/developer ever.

RE: I hate EA
By npoe1 on 1/7/2008 4:50:32 PM , Rating: 3
I hate what they did to SimCity.

RE: I hate EA
By Schadenfroh on 1/7/2008 6:17:14 PM , Rating: 3
and every game from Origin Systems.

RE: I hate EA
By MonkeyPaw on 1/7/2008 10:13:13 PM , Rating: 2
I hope you mean SimCity 5 (or whatever it's called), because I love SC4. I still play it to this day, and I've owned it since it launched back in 2003(?).

RE: I hate EA
By daBKLYNdoorman on 1/7/2008 5:00:49 PM , Rating: 1
I second that.

Mass Effect?
By Enigmatic on 1/7/2008 3:59:16 PM , Rating: 1
Though usually I wouldn't really care who EA buys (I don't believe that Valve or Criterion had any consequent decrease in the quality of their games when striking deals with EA, though I realize perhaps this scenario is different). Mass Effect however was easily my favourite game this year (I personally enjoyed it more than CallofDuty4, Halo3, Bioshock, RockBand, SMGalaxy and so on). I'm just wondering how this will affect the planned trilogy for the Xbox360. I would prefer it stay exclusive to 360, but I haven't seen any official reports on what effects this acquisition will have.

RE: Mass Effect?
By AlexandertheBlue on 1/7/2008 4:08:38 PM , Rating: 3
I would prefer it stay exclusive to 360

And there are those of us who would like to be able to play it on our computers now, not in 2 years like Jade Empire. I bought an Xbox because of Jade Empire and Fable. I can't afford a 360 or an HDTV right now.

RE: Mass Effect?
By ChristopherO on 1/7/2008 5:24:38 PM , Rating: 2
Microsoft Game Studios acted as the publisher for Mass Effect. They have agreements relating to the franchise.

At the very least, Mass Effect 1 won't go anywhere MSGS doesn't want it to, or if EA buys the publishing rights for that title.

Mass Effect was always planned as a trilogy, so presumably MSGS included contractual protections regarding the whole franchise (like they did with Halo after releasing Bungie). However that's nothing more than business savvy speculation. If MS negotiated a sloppy deal (unlikely), both sequels would be solely at EA's discretion. There is actually a chance MS could be publishing those titles (not EA), but that's doubtful. MS and EA also maintain a cordial relationship. MSGS could cede publishing rights for contractual safeguards that MS gets sole control over the release of the series.

Given that ME1 is entirely at MS's discretion, I seriously doubt the franchise will end up anywhere other than Xbox. It could end up on PC, but it would probably end up like Halo and be a couple years off.

RE: Mass Effect?
By ajfink on 1/7/2008 8:00:06 PM , Rating: 3
Why do you care if it remains an exclusive?

The deal BioWare made with Microsoft still probably stands even if EA owns BioWare. They buy all the assets and previous agreements.

But why do you care if Mass Effect is 360 only? I own it, it's a great game, but I couldn't care less if PC/PS3 owners got to play it.

RE: Mass Effect?
By Enigmatic on 1/11/2008 12:01:59 PM , Rating: 2
Well I think there's a reason that multi-platform games are worse than exclusives (in general, there are exception). But I would rather have Bioware make the game exclusively on 360 just so the can make it as polished as possible. Mass Effect was buggy enough to begin with, I can't imagine how bad it would be if they had to release it simultaneously on all consoles. Someone else could port it PS3 perhaps... but (ahem Orange Box) ports don't always play nice with PS3.

By metaltoiletry on 1/7/2008 4:13:50 PM , Rating: 2
I do not care much about EA. In fact, the only game I like that they have published is Crysis, for which I give them no credit, but BioWare has really pissed me off alot lately, so I say, good riddance! One less company with bad technical support.

The Death of "Complex Gaming"
By roadrun777 on 1/8/2008 6:21:45 PM , Rating: 2
One of the things that irritates me about EA is they take a game, let their executives play it and decide based on that.
They still think the gaming audience is a bunch of kids who have to lay down their fisher price toys to come play a computer game. So they dumb down every game the get a hold of. I have been part of several beta testing situations involving said company, and I have seen games go from having lots of cool choices and variety within the game to only have a few options. They have numbed down every game they have gotten their hands on. The only thing EA seems to do well is first person shooters. Anything more complicated than a point and shoot scenario, or anything that requires thought, and they feel its too complicated, so features get cut, and cut, and cut, until you have a water paint version of the van Gogh that the developers created. It's really irritating that my only game choices are twitch fests. Either the executives who make the decisions are making games for dumb and dumberer audiences, or something is in the water. I think games should be built around good stories, rather than building good games and making the story up, right before shipping the master.

Historically, games that have layered good game play with wide variety of in game strategies and choices, always become classics. Games that don't usually have a failure in one or the other department.

"Young lady, in this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics!" -- Homer Simpson
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