EA Partners Label Reportedly Closing
The EA Partners label, best known for publishing games made by external developers, is to close according to a new report.
That’s according to GameInformer, which has received word from multiple anonymous sources that the label will be shut down. It follows on from a host of changes within the company in the preparation for the next generation, including the replacement of EA CEO John Riccitiello and layoffs in several of its teams.
EA Partners specialises in publishing games by independent developers and is responsible for the likes of Valve’s The Orange Box, Portal 2 and Left 4 Dead seeing the light of day, along with the Rock Band and Crysis games, and lesser known titles Brutal Legend, APB, Bulletstorm, Syndicate, Shadows of the Damned and Hellgate: London.
Recent events that could have played a role in the decision include the multiple problems surrounding the release of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, and The Secret World’s swift ditching of its subscription fee.
According to GameInformer, anticipated titles unaffected by the closure include Insomniac’s Fuse and the first project from Respawn Entertainment, the studio set up by Call of Duty and Infinity Ward creators Jason West and Vince Zampella.
EA has yet to confirm anything about its Partners label, though we’ve reached out to the company to see what’s up. With EA’s earnings call for the 2013 fiscal year scheduled for May 7 though, we should hear then at the very least.
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By Luke Karmali