Published on October 11th, 2007 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder7
BioWare and Pandemic Acquired by EA
I just arrived home from the Fifa 08 Community Day (which I’ll be writing about soon), and what’s the first bit of info in my gamer feeds? The joint powerhouse of BioWare and Pandemic Studios has been acquired by Electronic Arts.
From the Press Release:
Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) today announced an agreement with Elevation Partners to acquire VG Holding Corp. — the owner of both BioWare Corp. and Pandemic Studios. This acquisition gives EA a strong competitive position in key genres in interactive entertainment: action, adventure and role-playing games. The two studios have been recognized for creating some of the highest-quality games in the industry.
I honestly don’t know what to say.
On one hand, I’m happy to see their hard work go noticed by the largest publisher of video games. On the other, I’m disappointed that the two of the best independent developers in the industry are no longer independent.
One of the things that worries me the most is the amount of development studios that have been acquired in the past — and what has become of them. Another is whether or not the two blockbuster studios will be allowed to continue with their own IPs. It’s a scary thought.
The agreement doesn’t affect Mass Effect as of yet, but any changes are based on whether or not BioWare itself is the IP owner. Considering Microsoft is publishing it similar to Gears of War, it’s possible that MS owns it. If BioWare owns the Mass Effect intellectual property though, it’s likely to see a multi-console release.
The devil’s in the details…
I don’t expect to have a specific feeling one way or the other regarding this news any time soon. The acquisition surely has both positive and negative effects on the studios but as a gamer who highly enjoys their titles, as long as they continue releasing the AAA titles they’ve been releasing over the years, I’m not sure what difference it’ll make.