Electronic Arts is merging all their development studios under one umbrella company called the EA Worldwide Studios.
What does this mean? Effectively, EA Mobile and Maxis, will now fall under EA Worldwide Studios. To be led by Patrick Soderlund. Samantha Ryan will still retain overall management of EA Mobile and Maxis. And she’ll also be taking on leadership, of Bioware as well.
At the same time, EA has also announced that the Frostbite Engine team will be rolled into EA Technology. Where all their technological assets will sit under one roof, under the leadership of Ken Moss, EA CTO.
Andrew Wilson, CEO of Electronic Arts has said that “With these mergers and consolidations, EA will be ready to deliver groundbreaking gaming and utilize technology all across their titles and platforms.”
For example, FIFA will be utilizing the Frostbite engine as well as story mechanics and tools developed by the Bioware team. This is in line with making Frostbite the official company game engine moving forward.
Hopefully, this means much more cohesive gameplay and story quality across all EA titles. (Can we also get less DLCs and money grubbing too please? Oh no, I’m just kidding, please don’t hurt me).
Andrew has also promised that these changes will not affect overall numbers within the company. So if you’re an EA employee in one of the companies that are being consolidated, you have nothing to worry about!