EA inks new global dev deals

EA inks new global dev deals
Michael French

By Michael French

August 14th 2008 at 10:14PM

New IPs from Epic's Polish studio and Japanese Grasshopper Manufacture snapped up by EA Partners

EA's illustrious list of high profile third-party development partners has swelled this eveniing, with the publisher signing up to publish new IPs from Epic Games and Grasshopper Manufacture.

The two join the likes of Harmonix, Valve, Crytek, and id, all currently key partners for EA's third-party publishing Partners label creating the games Rock Band, The Orange Box (and upcoming game Left 4 Dead), Crysis and Rage respectively.

Each of its new partners' games are described as new action titles.

Epic's is in development at its People Can Fly studio in Poland and is for PC, 360 and PS3. Currently, Epic also works with Microsoft, publisher of its Gears of War game.

"Epic is excited to work with EA Partners to launch our next big IP on the global stage," said Mark Rein, vice president, Epic Games. "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."

"Epic is a legendary studio that is synonymous with quality and EA Partners jumped at the chance to team up with them on the launch of their next blockbuster IP," said David DeMartini, senior vice president and general manager, EA Partners. "EA Partners is committed to giving the world's best independent developers access to EA's global publishing resources, letting them focus on what they do best - making great games."

Grasshopper Manufacture, meanwhile, is working on 'an all-new action horror game produced by Shinji Mikami and directed by innovative game designer Suda51'. Suda51, aka Goichi Suda, created No More Heroes and Killer 7. Mikami famously devised the Resident Evil series.

EA said that the deal with Grasshopper was brokered with the Creative Artists Agency and Tetsuya Mizuguchi's Q Entertainment, which will also be involved in the project.

"Grasshopper Manufacture is excited to work with EA Partners to bring our new title to gamers around the world," said Suda, CEO of Grasshopper Manufacture. "They are a great partner who shares our commitment to quality and innovation while respecting our independence as a studio, which is very empowering."

"It is an honor for EA to sign Grasshopper Manufacture and help bring their new franchise to gamers worldwide," said Frank Gibeau, president of the EA Games Label. "The roster of partners at EA is growing and the caliber of talent is outstanding. Grasshopper Manufacture is a world-class studio and, within the EA partner program, they stand alongside some of the world's most revered independent studios."