Former EA Canada devs open Nintendo-focused studio

Former EA Canada devs open Nintendo-focused studio
Michael French

By Michael French

April 17th 2007 at 11:30AM

A team that has worked on the FIFA and Need For Speed games has opened a studio for Wii and DS games in Vancouver.

Called Jet Black, the studio will focus on developing original and licensed IP for the two booming Nintendo formats.

"With the launch of our new studio we've brought together all the key elements to develop top games: proven experience and talent, the desire to push the creative envelope, commitment to making games we ourselves want to play, and all the resources and support systems needed to perform," states Roger Freddi, co-founder and CEO of Jet Black.

"Both the Nintendo DS and Wii's WiFi capabilities provide an advanced medium for Jet Black to bring already popular franchises to an even broader worldwide audience.

"These recognised licensed properties serve to ensure that Jet Black is a name to affiliate with Nintendo games, and nicely complement the original IP on which we're working."

The team has already forged a strategic alliance for IP with Flashman Studios, which has helped broker deals in games for the likes of Pixar and Warner Bros.

"We are confident in the capabilities of Jet Black's exceptional team, and know our strong global alliances and years of game experience will help grow their business", Brad Young, CEO of Flashman said.

"Our proven success in cultivating the right match of intellectual property, publisher, and developer will allow Jet Black to do what they do best -- build great games, create inspirational ideas, and develop great technology."