With the announcement today of deals with Epic Games and Grasshopper Manufacture, game publisher EA has now amassed a startlingly strong line-up of what the company classifies as EA Partners.
I've compiled what I believe is the full, impressive roster...
EA Partners are developers and studios not owned by EA but who are getting their work published and/or distributed by the company. What's notable enough for reporters like me and gamers like you is that each EA Partner will have their games included in EA studio showcases (like the one our Patrick Klepek is covering today) and major gaming events.
Expect the titles coming from the talents below to receive major visibility as they approach release.
To the best of my knowledge, these are the current Partners:
- Crytek - The makers of "Far Cry" first Partnered with EA on the computer-melting first-person-shooter "Crysis" and will next offer the expansion "Crysis Warhead" through the program.
- Epic - The creators of "Gears of War" and "Unreal Tournament" announced an EA Partnership today, signing on their Epic's People Can Fly studio (makers of FPS "Painkiller) to produce an action game for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.
- Grasshopper Manufacture - Suda 51's studio responsible for warped action games "Killer 7" and "No More Heroes" is making a horror-action game under today's newly-announced Partnership with EA. Also on board for this deal are former Capcom creative force Shinji Mikami ("Resident Evil," "Devil May Cry," among other things) and, in some shape or form, Q Entertainment ("Lumines" and "99 Nights")
- id - The makers of "Doom" first Partnered with EA on the mobile and DS title "Orcs & Elves" and will next offer major first-person-shooter "Rage" through the program.
- MTV Games/ Harmonix - The development studio behind the first "Guitar Hero" released "Rock Band" through EA last year and has "Rock Band 2" coming out through the deal on all major platforms this fall.
- Starbreeze Studios - Makers of "Chronicles of Riddick," the studio was announced in February to be working on something called "Project RedLime" for the program, to be released on PC, XBox 360 and PS3.
- Valve - The "Half-Life" creators Partnered with EA last year to release the highly-rated multi-game compilation "The Orange Box" and are releasing "Left4Dead" through their EA deal this year to consoles and PC.
(Ex-EA Partners include Oddworld Inhabitants, who put out "Stranger's Wrath" through that program.)
Quite a list. Did I miss any?