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EA Acquires BioWare, Pandemic

The opposite direction of Bungie Studios.

Just as Bungie steps towards independence, BioWare and Pandemic Studios walk away from it, as Electronic Arts announced an agreement with investment firm Elevation Partners to acquire VG Holdings Corp., the parent company of the two studios. The transition won't be finished until January 2008, but obviously the gears are already in motion to fold the companies into EA Games.

Both Pandemic and BioWare made positive statements about the change in the press release:

"Pandemic Studios remains focused on attracting the best talent and creating blockbuster action games," said Josh Resnick, President and Co-founder of Pandemic Studios. "As a worldwide publishing leader, EA represents the ideal partner to bring our titles to market as global entertainment events."

"We are truly excited by John Riccitiello's new vision for EA," said Ray Muzyka, Co-founder and CEO of BioWare Corp. "This vision is consistent with BioWare's focus on crafting the highest quality story-driven games in the world. It will enable us to further the careers of the passionate, creative and hard working teams at BioWare Edmonton and BioWare Austin."

Oh, the money. Yes, the money. There's lots of money involved here. EA will be picking up BioWare and Pandemic from VG Holding Corp. by handing over "up to" $620 million in cash and an additional $155 million in equity to "certain employees" of VG Holding Corp. EA has also agreed to lend up to $35 million as the acquisition is closed out.

What does this mean for such Xbox 360 coups as Mass Effect? Is BioWare's sci-fi universe about to go multi-platform in the sequel? We're already looking into it. Stay tuned.


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Comments (85)


  • Ryu_Playstation
  • Not worried

    Posted: Mar 11, 2008 12:00AM PST by  Ryu_Playstation
    its a good thing that sony exlusives wont be leaving the playstation boat.Do you seriously think that Hideo Kojima would just leave Playstation? Didnt think so. It looks like great 360 games are going to PS3. Thats awesome!!! as long as EA doesnt destroy the games.
  • Kman13
  • Killzone perhaps?

    Posted: Dec 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  Kman13
    Could this also mean Killzone2 for 360? just thinking out loud
  • krusty54
  • Arrrghhh!

    Posted: Oct 27, 2007 12:00AM PST by  krusty54
    This is terrible news!
  • onebadmammajamma
  • Absolute garbage.....EA has gone from great(strike series) to junk

    Posted: Oct 21, 2007 12:00AM PST by  onebadmammajamma
    Back in the era of the 16 bit game systems(Genesis and Super NES), I loved EA's games such as the Strike series(Desert, Jungle, Urban). But, starting with the botched conversion of what was to be the third part of the PS1 Strike trilogy(formerly known as Future Strike, which became Future Cop LAPD 2100), that was the downfall for EA imo. Ever since then, all they are known for(in my eyes) is gobbling up developers who may be making unique games that stand out from the crowd in one way or another(Virgin Interactive, which had the rights to Thrill Kill, a super violent fighting game for the PS1). In their place, we are left with umpteen Medal Of Honor, Burnout, Madden and all of the other sequels EA are known for now. What has happened to EA since those glory days of the Strike games? They have become a monolith, too happy to devour companies and turn all of their games into bland garbage. So, while EA was already on board as publisher for Mercenaries 2, if there is ever a Mercenaries 3, I doubt I'll buy it since I've been silently boycotting every EA game since the cancellation of Thrill Kill in 1998. The only way a game makes it around this boycott is if I buy it used. Otherwise, the game will get completely ignored by me. Who else remembers EA's glory days of 16 and 32 bit gaming and wishes they stayed the same company with no lofty ambitions of absorbing company after company into their fold?
  • pixel_sword
  • Sorry, Sargemat; EA has the final word...

    Posted: Oct 13, 2007 12:00AM PST by  pixel_sword
    ...and If EA wants-um Multiplat, EA gets-um multiplat. The question is will they want it multiplat.
  • ghost_7
  • My Magic 7 Ball says...

    Posted: Oct 12, 2007 12:00AM PST by  ghost_7
    ...EA is positioning themselves to jump into the console market once there is an opening. Sony is losing 200+ on every PS3 sold and trying to make up for it. M$ LOST over 6 billion since it enterd the market and has YET to make/post a sinle cent in profit. The BiG N is not going anywhere As they are happy pumping Cheap/Crappy mini games/ROMS AnD making $$$ out of suckers out there. Oooh yeah, i can see an EA console in the future, where YOU can only play MADDEN, Rainbow 6, Splinter Cell(HEY, They tried to "HOSTILLY" take over ubisoft, EA NOW owns over 20% of the shares and they have a BiG saying in the decision making) and whatever comes from Pandemic and bioware. SCARY isn't it?
  • asusimpreza
  • Sad day for gamers

    Posted: Oct 12, 2007 12:00AM PST by  asusimpreza
    It means EA will blot out all inovation and fun that these developers had to fit into their cookie cutter style of making games. If a bunch of non-gaming suit wearing coporate drones don't think the game will make tons of money for their stockholders then they won't make it, even if its innovative and fun. It means no more wasting money making original IPs, instead waste money buying "sure thing" licenses. EA hasn't released anything worthwhile for ages and their games are truly what Roger Ebert says of games, void of any artistic value. Sad day for gamers for sure
  • thumbthug
  • WHAT?????

    Posted: Oct 12, 2007 12:00AM PST by  thumbthug
    !@#$!@#$$#!@#$#@$#@$#@$#@$#@! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Punk187
  • oh well

    Posted: Oct 12, 2007 12:00AM PST by  Punk187
    who knows what will happen. as long as its good.
  • CPsycho
  • Nooooooooooo........

    Posted: Oct 12, 2007 12:00AM PST by  CPsycho
    ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Bloodbathes
  • EA deserve Jack Thompson

    Posted: Oct 12, 2007 12:00AM PST by  Bloodbathes
    Actually, they deserve each other. Maybe then EA will be too busy to assimilate other well known gaming studio..
  • tmacairjordan87
  • sargemat

    Posted: Oct 12, 2007 12:00AM PST by  tmacairjordan87
    that means the first mass effect is 360 exclusive, that doesn't say anything about the other two, although i have no doubt in my mind microsoft has some sort of deal worked out for the other two
  • RaStarr420
  • Man this can't be good

    Posted: Oct 12, 2007 12:00AM PST by  RaStarr420
    With EA owning both pandemic and Bioware, nothing good can come from this, but watered-down multiplatform dreck. Hopefully they will still stay console-centric, because like it's been stated before when games go multiplatform they tend to suffer. Although I'm a 360 fan, I believe that when games are exclusive to a specific console such as the 360 or PS3 they turn out to be better games that shwocase that consoles ablilities
  • Sargemat
  • No Mass Effect for PS3

    Posted: Oct 12, 2007 12:00AM PST by  Sargemat
    Link: http://www.consolemonster.com/newspost.php?id=0000002661
  • mag7spy
  • stupid fanboy

    Posted: Oct 12, 2007 12:00AM PST by  mag7spy
    { MASS EFFECT ON PS3. DONT HATE FANBOYS} {Author: Vojkan82, 10/11/2007 05:57 PM PDT} { {Mass Effect on PS3, you heard it here first! IP is} {now owned by EA so they can do what ever they want} {O YEAH....BABY you like don't you..ha ha ha take} {it, take it, do you feel it!??!!..} ... wow ur pathetic wipe that ps3 white crap off your eyes and read
  • nsonic79
  • NOw this will be interesting to watch

    Posted: Oct 12, 2007 12:00AM PST by  nsonic79
    We've seen EA as they are, at times making generic flotter and other times coming out with true masterpieces. I hear that working there isn't all the best but it makes me wonder if that mentality will care over to the new acquired companies...
  • The_Dark_Raven
  • Not sure about Mass Effect going multi-platform...

    Posted: Oct 12, 2007 12:00AM PST by  The_Dark_Raven
    Microsoft published Mass Effect, and I'm not sure how the intricacies of the deal work with the two planned sequels, but I'm pretty sure there are some 360-exclusivity rights in there. It would be pretty asinine if a Microsoft-published game was able to go to the PS3. Overall, this news is absolutely horrible. If shooting myself in the leg would undo this atrocity, I would seriously consider it. Nothing will destroy the quality of a Bioware game more than making them do stuff on every platform and slapping insane deadlines on them. Everyone knows multi-platform games are weaker, and making Bioware learn an a$$-backwards PS3 structure when they didn't even program for the PS1/2 is going to destroy any time they'd have for QA, let alone crafting a high-quality game. I loved you, Bioware. *sniff*
  • ghost_7
  • Ooooh how nice...

    Posted: Oct 12, 2007 12:00AM PST by  ghost_7
    ...But once the "HONEYMOON" is over YOU (EA suits) Better NOT FUCK UP my KOTOR 3 and The NEXT MASS EFFECTS chapters. Ps. NO FORCED OVERTIME on this dudes or they'll pull a bungie. LOL!!
  • galaman12001
  • This doesn't affect the first mass effect!

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  galaman12001
    This has nothing to do with the first Mass Effect, it will remain exclusive to the 360.. but the sequels however, guess we will have to wait and see...who am i kiddin' they will land on every console known to man this is EA we are talking about... Mass Effect 2.1/2 DS edition... this move sucks now bioware can't concentrate on a single platform, i wouldn't care if mass effect 2 was 360 or ps3 (i own both) exclusive as long as bioware would concentrate only on one console and they will be pressured by EA
  • ChimpPimpCee
  • EA taking over

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  ChimpPimpCee
    EA is freaking huge. i wouldn't be surprise if they come out with a console of their own by next generation
  • Kilgour
  • It is only a matter of time, now.

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  Kilgour
    Sooner or later, EA is going to buy the entire planet. Then, they'll make ridiculous deadlines about solving the energy crisis and global warming.
  • Coltsfan70
  • I can hear...

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  Coltsfan70
    ...the sound of Bioware's soul being sucked out of their games...
  • EDMIX
  • EA sorta is Ubisoft! just another part of it!

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  EDMIX
    Um Sci_Fi_Neurofunk EA owns Ubisoft! they made bought Ubisoft a long time ago! EA is part of Ubisoft. Not sure how it works but EA and Ubisoft are own by the same company.
  • EDMIX
  • Mass Effect PS3!

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  EDMIX
    To scareglow28 I hate them too! I own Both Systems and I hate Multi Platform games! I own two systems to play diffrnet games, If a game is Multiplatform than it does not use the hardware to the fullest!! MassEffect will most Likely be on the PS3 and Wii and DS and PSP!!!
  • rikkekun
  • as long as

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  rikkekun
    the games are good, we shouldn't worry too much.
  • Krypter
  • Probably not a good thing

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  Krypter
    At least for the design of RPGs, but Bioware was already heading down the console path so this will just accelerate the trend. EA will eat both studios like it ate Origin. Pity.
  • Phaze37
  • I wish EA would die.

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  Phaze37
    I hope Pandemic has fun dealing with the brutal deadlines EA will give them and the complete control they'll want over their projects. I'm getting sick of EA swallowing up every good intellectual property and making awful games that they know will sell regardless of how bad it is thanks to the popular IP. Thanks to them we'll never see another good Bond game or Marvel game ever again. I'd kill for Marvel VS Capcom 3. Now they're buying up good developers too. Maybe if people would stop buying EA's licensed garbage they'd change, but the average modern-day gamer is too ****ing stupid. And people wonder why I don't have any next-gen consoles...
  • scareglow28
  • Fuck EA

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  scareglow28
    I love My PS3 and 360 but EA sucks a big one.
  • MicroGates
  • First off....

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  MicroGates
    So much for them being good developers. Secondly, these are the companies MS should be buying instead of over spending for that junk heap known as rare!!! What a shame, it's a good thing I have the 2 KOTOR games to remember them by :(.
  • M3g4tr0n
  • Damn!

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  M3g4tr0n
    I used to like Bioware. Maybe this wouldn't be so bad is EA didn't make sucky games.
  • down_south_hustler
  • what is the big deal

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  down_south_hustler
    If Mass effect goes to the PS3 that would be great. I like Halo3 and if it was on Ps3 I would not care. As long as I get to play good games then I'm cool. They could put Mass Effect on Ps3, Ps2, Cell phones, Wii, or whatever.
  • GameOver!
  • Why this is bad

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  GameOver!
    Bioware is one of those few blessed companys that take their time with games, evern if it takes YEARS. Based on EAs past Bioware will be forced to turn games out at a higher rate. Mass Effect will be their last Masterpiece///
  • San_Andreas
  • Well...

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  San_Andreas
    Since Nintendo is making $9 billion a year, I'd like to plant the idea in their heads to buy - and gut - EA. They could do a hostile takeover of EA at this point.
  • San_Andreas
  • Wow...

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  San_Andreas
    EA is getting to be as big a cancer in computer software as Microsoft is. Why isn't the US Department of Justice enforcing anti-trust laws more stringently?
  • LincolnSixEcho
  • EA is the Microsoft of videogames...

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  LincolnSixEcho
    ...homogenize the crap outta something and squeeeeeeeeeeeze a huge profit. Great.
  • TheBleakCorner
  • We want your money, money...

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  TheBleakCorner
    Things surely have changed since ermm... Skate or Die. Or maybe they haven't.
  • Master_of_7s
  • @ Vojkan82

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  Master_of_7s
    Jesus, will you shut up? Idiots like you make me want to sell my PS3 just so I won't be associated with this type of fanboy garbage.
  • NegativeZero
  • History repeats

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  NegativeZero
    People are acting like this is all doom and gloom, and it could be, but to be honest this reminds me a lot of back when Microsoft acquired Bungie. That didn't turn out too badly.
  • grilledcheese345
  • listen to these guys

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  grilledcheese345
    <a href="http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vcGhvdG9idWNrZXQuY29t" target="_blank"><img src=" http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/1989/9185cfd00b31f5da624bad4hj7.jpg"></a>
  • hal_9000
  • WTF!

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  hal_9000
    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHY GOD WHY! If EZ buys GAs Powered GAmes, im putting a bullet in both mine and EA's(proverbial) head.
  • galaman12001
  • Not bioware nooo!

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  galaman12001
    <"Don't forget EA Trax. Snoop will do a rap on Mass Effect. the day that will live in gaming infamy"> Hahaha... this is the d to double o to the g.. making my way truh space.. so i can shoot up your face!! how could you not love that? haha
  • KillerLettuce
  • THE END IS NEAR!!!

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  KillerLettuce
    I can see no good to this. EA will screw Bioware up, and bring us one step closer to ruining gaming.
  • red720
  • From the Next-Gen.biz article

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  red720
    [i]EA CFO Warren Jenson told Reuters, "We're very excited about the revenue potential. We see that in both '09 and '10 to be in excess of $300 million."[/i] What does this say about when to expect the rest of the Mass Effect trilogy?
  • Lothar9
  • EA is like Uwe Boll...

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  Lothar9
    They spread like herpes & ruin anything game-related they touch (& they do it over & over). This deal sucks!.. and I still think it's bullshit that EA published Orange Box on 360. Have you read the online user liscence agreement. EA doesn't just want your credit card, they want your soul!
  • Arjent0
  • You're missing the silver lining...

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  Arjent0
    I know it seems horrific initially, but if you think about it, this could spell awesomeness for both existing and original properties. Bioware could apply it's share of the over 810 MILLION dollars that EA is paying them to it's extensive mastery over the RPG craft, and make one of the greatest open-ended RPGs the world has ever seen, not that Mass Effect (which is supposed to be one part of a trilogy, mind you) isn't going to be great enough. Also, Pandemic was having budget problems with Mercenaries Two, but now that gets nicely and neatly resolved. Apparently the game was getting too ambitious and broad in scope that they couldn't afford to develop at that level of complexity, but now they can afford to make the game they always dreamed about. And let's not forget that John Riccitiello and EA in general have been moving off into, and exploring all kinds of new directions and possibilities. They redefined the skateboarding genre with S.K.A.T.E., they look poised to redefine the cooperative, third-person shooter genre with Army of Two, and they're gearing up to field an impressive entry into the MMORPG genre with the insanely awesome looking Warhammer Online. Not to mention they publish some of the finest games out there for many other genres: Madden for sports fans, the Need For Speed series for race fans for instance. And who does better market research than EA? They are constantly one step ahead of pop culture trends. Add to that the fact that every movie-to-game crossover they do, while still not that great, continue to improve in terms of quality and gameplay with every iteration. I personally feel that this is good news, on the whole. If you ask me, it looks as if EA is gearing up to take on the big three in the NEXT generation of console wars. They are honing their strengths, identifying their weaknesses, and aquiring inspired and ambitious development teams with impressive pedigrees. If that doesn't sound like the game plan of a top-notch first party developer/publisher, then I don't know what does. So, don't be surprised if next generation is a full on 4 way battle instead of a menage a' trois.
  • N-Zero
  • MASS EFFECT IS OWNED BY BIOWARE PEOPLE NOT MS

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  N-Zero
    Bioware owns the IP to Mass Effect, microsoft was just publishing it. So now that EA bought Bioware that means they own the Mass Effect IP. So this title will probably end up multiplatform. EA doesn't make exclusive titles people. Don't forget that. So all u MS fanboys don't make shit up like "MS owns the Ip so sorry PS3 fanboys". I as a nintendo hardcore gamer(still have all three systems though) feel this is a step forward. If Nintendo, Sony or Microsoft want exclusives make sure they are made completly in house. To bad for MS though, most of their "first party IPs" aren't even made by them just by a second parties and they publish the game. So if Any company wants exclusives, better make damn sure it comes from u directly.
  • red720
  • Ativision

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  red720
    Activision passed EA to become the most profitable 3rd party this year (something to do with some Parappa clone or something). To me it seems EA going after Activision's main money makers with stuff like Skate and Rockband. Likewise Activision will compete with Need For Speed with what ever Bizarre do next. This seems less reactionary than the above and didn't EA publish Pandemic's games all ready?
  • Drewcifer
  • WTF ZOMG!

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  Drewcifer
    Wow, this is nuts. EA is going to buy Canada, Greenland, Australia, and the Balkans. Then by 2030 every planet with rings.
  • Scoob79
  • Bad news

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  Scoob79
    I am not a fan of this at all. EA swallows up good companies with fresh ideas. Not too long after, the games those companies make just end up going stale.
  • mr_luga
  • God darn it

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  mr_luga
    And EA's evil spreads further. Is no one going to do anything against this? Say anything to them? Do SOMETHING!? >.<
  • joeyatog
  • Until BioWare make a crap game

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  joeyatog
    I will be open minded about this. If anything, they will have more $$ to make even more awesome games. Hopefully EA will let them concentrate on the development of their titles...as long as they are bringing in the dough, EA shouldn't mess with them.
  • drbob
  • Worried.

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  drbob
    I hope the new "friendly" EA isn't just a front for the old nasty EA. If it is then Bioware can kiss the company culture that has resulted in Baldurs Gate, KOTOR and Mass Effect goodbye. Are there _any_ EA owned studios (outside of their core sports game division) that haven't ended up creatively bankrupt after an EA buyout? All the talent soon flees destructive EA management. (you *will* work a 96 hour week, you *will* publish by date x regardless of whether the game is a buggy unfinished mess) I'm particularly thinking of Origin systems and Westwood studios.
  • Xion4360
  • NO!

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  Xion4360
    EA now owns Mass Effect!!! i hope the trilogy remains exclusive to Microsoft or continues to be great quality otherwise im dissapointed
  • Vangerdahast
  • what multi-platform i won't mind

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  Vangerdahast
    is another Baldur's Gate inspired game by Bioware. a little bit deeper maybe w/ player creation and a huge quest w/ online mp in the spirit of 2-worlds...but good
  • EmperorSamoth
  • Brace yourself...

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  EmperorSamoth
    ... For Full Spectrum Warrior on Cell phones and Jade Empire on the Wii and DS. But then again, EA might turn that Destroy All Humans! franchise into gold like the Burnout series. I can only hope.
  • chaos and mayhem
  • Seeing that microsoft is a stickler for their IPs

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  chaos and mayhem
    I would imagine that the Mass Effect brand would be Microsoft's since the series is planned to be a trilogy, and lets face in, Microsoft needs another Halo.
  • Keefman -X-
  • Woah.

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  Keefman -X-
    That's more than M$ payed for Rare...
  • Gammit10
  • GOD DAMNT FUCKING BIOWARE???

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  Gammit10
    I give Bioware about three years before its creatively folded into EA Canada Northwest, and it churns out shit. Fuck, I'm pissed.
  • ShadOwFace
  • we are all doomed if EA tampers with they're games

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  ShadOwFace
    Cuz everything except for madden comes out 2nd best...No AAA quality titles come from EA...As long as EA has nothing to do with making the games that come from bioware then it will be fine...Please EA..dont do anything more than slap your Name on the game and thats it please...for the love of god and all things video games...
  • cartman0082
  • As EA continues

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  cartman0082
    to prove, they are evil.
  • tmacairjordan87
  • just found out that

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  tmacairjordan87
    this doesn't affect the Mass Effect franchise at all, as the entire IP is owned by Microsoft. Same thing as Bungie, M$ owns the Halo IP. So unless EA cleans house at Bioware (unlikely since EA forked over almost a billion dollars for them), maybe...just maybe nothing will change
  • GarrettW
  • Kiss all of your 360 exclusives good-bye.

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  GarrettW
    Why, hey there, PS3.
  • Vangerdahast
  • WTF!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  Vangerdahast
    last thing i would have imagined. good for PS3 & Wii owners, but maybe watered down for all of us. i hope 1Up keeps us updated when some of those responsible for their great games jump ship
  • DaInfamous06
  • Whats so bad about this?

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  DaInfamous06
    Bioware isnt going to make Madden 09. They will make great RPGs. I cant help but see this as a good thing. Being a big Bioware and RPG fan, this give them the resources to be up there with my other fav, Square Enix. And for how it will affect Mass Effect, im sure Microsoft probably has a deal in place that keeps all 3 games on the 360. All their other games will hopefully be multiplatform.
  • Serraxor
  • Woh wohhhh.

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  Serraxor
    We all lose. Big time.
  • TheProFro
  • Uh Oh...

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  TheProFro
    Does this mean no Sonic RPG?
  • Sargemat
  • Bad, Bad, Bad

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  Sargemat
    This fucking sucks. Our industry needs big studios that arnt tied to big publishers like EA. This realy sucks. Microsoft you should have got in their first, i would much rather Microsoft owed them than EA. :(
  • Tylahedras
  • Whoa...

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  Tylahedras
    Say hello to Mass Effect 2 for 360 AND PS3.
  • XtremeGmr4life
  • DANG IT!!!!!

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  XtremeGmr4life
    Just like a guy said on another website. Now instead of getting Bioware quality games we are going to get EA quality games. This stinks to high heaven.
  • Lord_Yuber
  • NOOOOOOO!!!!!!

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  Lord_Yuber
    T___T What does this all mean!!!! noooooooo!!!! I dislike EA. They make low quality rehahsed games!!! Somebody please tell me how this would effect Mass Effect!
  • Xion4360
  • ok great

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  Xion4360
    good for them, more more money...Microsoft is publishing Mass Effect and probably allready have a deal for the whole trilogy so that ain't goin nowhere..maybe PC.. lol
  • Great_Dragon
  • This is bad news!!

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  Great_Dragon
    I agree with the other comments. I really don't think this is a good thing for the gaming world. EA really seems to be becoming a real monopoly in the gaming world and that so far has not been a good thing. Heck a monopoly in any case is really not a good thing not for consumers, not for their employees. EA is more concerned with their bottom-line (making games as quickly as possible and getting them on as many platforms as possible) not on making great games which both Bioware and Pandemic are well known for. This IS a dark day for gaming.
  • TotalKaos
  • There goes the neighborhood...

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  TotalKaos
    Awful...just awful.
  • discoprophet
  • bummer

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  discoprophet
    EA is not the publisher I want involved with Bioware, who make some of my favorite games. Hopefully they will have enough sense not to mess with Bioware too much.
  • tsioc
  • say hello to cheap manuals

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  tsioc
    I know that this means all future Bioware games will come with cheap, black and white manuals, but does this also mean the games will be dumbed down to appeal to a wider audience?
  • BlackdogGT
  • Money hat trifecta complete..

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  BlackdogGT
    Honestly, it's not a big deal, unless these aquisitions hinder creativity. Let the big companies tear at each others flesh for exclusives. So long as WE reap the benefits, it shouldn't be a big concern.. right? :/
  • ZenMonken
  • EA Conglomerate

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  ZenMonken
    I don't know how I feel about this. From what I've heard from the guys at EA Mythic, they're pretty good about letting folks do what they want to, they just want a little credit. I guess that's not so bad, it feels a little sleezy, but if it helps sell games, it helps sell games. EA is becoming such a powerful brand, it's probably helping draw less knowledgable gamers who might trust the EA label. At least EA is willing to drop serious cash to make sure their games are the best on the market.
  • shockreflex
  • torn

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  shockreflex
    on the one hand this means mass effect will almost certainly come to pc now which is good because I really don't have money for an xbox 360 but on the other hand I hate to see bioware get swallowed up by ea, look at what happened with kotor when they were working under a giant corporation (Lucas arts), the game was incomplete and there were tons of bugs because they were forced to rush it..
  • Obit
  • Bleh

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  Obit
    A nightmare come true. Wonder what will happen to Dragon Age now. No doubt EA will force it to go multiplatform and dumb it down for the console kiddies, unless they just cancel it all together. Worst gaming news all year.
  • tmacairjordan87
  • doomsday?

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  tmacairjordan87
    bioware for the love of god dont let EA tell you guys what to do. You are one of the last bastions for true gamers and the last thing we want to see is your quality go down the toilet since you now belong to the evil empire.
  • DarthBasileus
  • Never thought it would happen...

    Posted: Oct 11, 2007 12:00AM PST by  DarthBasileus
    Can't believe BioWare is part of the Borg (EA). I guess I won't be too surprised to read about them attempting to split off from EA in a few years (ala Bungie) after they are forced to make Mass Effect run on every single platform, from PS2 on up.

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