July 23, 2004 - That's what happens when you go and make a technically amazing, wonderfully playable, critical and commercial smash of a game: companies like Electronic Arts start to take notice.
Thus it is with Crytek, creators of Far Cry, one of this year's hottest PC shooters, and certainly one of the prettiest games yet released. Electronic Arts announced today that it has partnered with the German studio to develop an entirely new game franchise for the PC, based on an original property. Details, as you might imagine, have not been divulged.
"Bringing original intellectual property to the interactive entertainment market is a key focus for EA," said Frank Sagnier, vice president, EA Partners Europe. "EAP's partnership agreement with Crytek is a testament to our commitment to nurturing creative development and we are delighted to be working with one of the brightest talents in Europe to create what we believe will be an innovative gaming experience."
Cevat Yerli, president of Crytek said, "We are looking forward to this partnership with EA. Our advanced technology and creativity, together with EA's production support, marketing and sales, means that we have a great opportunity to bring an original gaming experience to our consumers, as well as grow our business. We are thrilled to see this development get underway."
Of course, Far Cry was published by Ubisoft, one of EA's chief competitors. While Crytek's new agreement with EA does not lock the company into exclusivity (at least, no such arrangement has been announced), it's difficult not to wonder whether a studio with as much talent as Crytek will long remain an independent agent.
On the other hand, Electronic Arts truly does offer unrivaled marketing and distribution resources, which for a small development house with big ideas can be quite a boon. Time will tell what this arrangement will bring, both in game and business terms. But rest assured we'll keep you informed. -- [email="firstname.lastname@example.org"]David Adams[/email]
so EA can screw that up too
yay.... wait i mean awman :(
I think this could be a good thing, i dont care that EA are money-hungry swines, but the Battlefield kick ass, and so does FarCry.
Surely this cant be a bad thing?
Mr. X will take his views of EA to the grave :lol:
Yes EA has made some really good games, but you must also remember the many flops they have come out with. I think the Crytek engine needs to stay with the people who know it intimitely.
Ensign RilesYes EA has made some really good games, but you must also remember the many flops they have come out with. I think the Crytek engine needs to stay with the people who know it intimitely.
EA doesn't make games, they publish them.
I know that, but they still "make" the game. Who would publish them if they didn't?
I take what n0e says way too seriously
27th April 2003
Ensign RilesI know that, but they still "make" the game. Who would publish them if they didn't?
:confused: They don't make the game, but they do "make the game...?
That is correct. People know EA Games is a very "successful" company. People are more likely to buy games endorsed by companies that they have heard a lot about.