Report: EA Partners - Publishers of The Orange Box, Bulletstorm and Rock Band - to Close
Written Thursday, April 25, 2013 By Lee BradleyView author's profile
EA Partners is to shut down, as part of the publisher’s continued downsizing, according to the latest reports.
EA Partners is the wing of the company that publishes titles made by third-party developers. And while the project obviously wasn’t viable for EA any longer, it has had its fair share of hits down the years.
Titles like Rock Band, Crysis and The Orange Box were published by EA Partners. Unfortunately, however, so were the likes of Brutal Legend, Shadows of the Damned, Syndicate and Bulletstorm - all titles that failed to perform at retail.
There are two more remaining properties on the release slate for EA Partners; Fuse and Respawn Entertainment’s upcoming shooter. According to reports, these projects will continue unaffected.
The closure of EA Partners comes following the departure of CEO John Riccitiello, since when there have been a number of layoffs. Going into the next generation, EA is clearly narrowing its focus.
EA Partners was co-founded in 1997 and was initially known as known as EA Distribution. The idea was to attract smaller, independent developers - who would be reluctant to get into a standard publishing deal.
Unfortunately, however, it seems that EA Partners is just the latest victim of a console industry that is increasingly squeezing out all but the biggest, AAA releases.