EA Pursuing Development Of An Open-World Game
Electronic Arts is looking to add another genre to its stable of games. While the company is largely known for sports games, shooters, and the BioWare catalog, recent comments by CFO Blake Jorgensen indicate the company may soon join the crowded open-world action genre dominated by games like Grand Theft Auto and Assassin's Creed.
If this sounds exciting, don't hold your breath just yet. Jorgensen says the game will be a "unique opportunity to start building a new franchise in action," though also cautioned that we wont see it for at least another three years. Montreal-based Motive Studios, headed by original Assassin's Creed producer Jade Raymond, may be the studio creating this production. Raymond previously mentioned that her studio is making a new IP.
EA has made slight forays into the open-world genre in the past with Dragon Age and Mass Effect, though those games weren't as seamless as other sandbox titles. The experience from the smaller open world sections made with the Frostbite Engine – the engine EA is encouraging most of its studios to adopt – may help speed the development of this game.
EA has a mixed reputation when it comes to game development, but having Raymond on board would certainly help speed up its learning process. Only time will tell if the company will make a robust experience on par with the best of the genre. The competition is steep.