EA Montreal Refocuses from Wii to Xbox 360 & PS3

By Adam Riley 30.11.2009 2

EA Montreal Refocuses from Wii to Xbox 360 & PS3 on Nintendo gaming news, videos and discussion

Whilst EA's Montreal team has been spear-heading new content for the Wii market, with its latest effort being the extremely pleasing Need for Speed: Nitro, it seems that times are indeed a-changing, according to General Manager Alain Tascan.

Speaking to EDGE recently, he confirmed that the studio was set to move away from the likes of SSX Blur, Skate It and the Boogie games, to look more into creating "action titles and HD-quality products." that will hopefully ensure the team survives in the tough current global economic situation. With EA cutting 1,500 jobs recently, it is no wonder a little bit of adaptation is required, rather than putting all its eggs in one basket.

"The Wii market is a little bit unpredictable these days. We’re going to see how Christmas is going to do and while with the Wii we have had very successful titles, we are going to focus on big, blockbuster-type titles. It doesn't mean that we are going to abandon the Wii, but as a studio we want to be ready for new challenges.

"This studio " our mobile division as well " is going to be very nimble and able to adapt to the market; I feel right now our label wants to focus on fewer and bigger things, and the market is going through this soft transition where people want these very high value productions on one side, which is our specialty within the games label, but also this casual, but high quality, product that they can play quickly, of which mobile is one part and Playfish is another. We’re just trying to adapt to the reality of today. I think the market is showing that if you don’t adapt fast enough then you’ll be in trouble."

Do you feel Wii is going to miss out on some of its better exclusives now EA Montreal's focus has shifted?

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Pablo (guest) 02.12.2009#1

After the huge success of MW2 and Assassin's Creed 2, and the fact most 3rd party Wii developers have been less than happy with sales, the Wii is bound to suffer some when it comes to getting games made for it.


blahhh (guest) 04.12.2009#2

ssx was so good i cant believe they never made an xbox 360 or ps3 version...

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