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Nintendo News | EA Acquires Headgate for Wii Development

Electronic Arts is the largest Third Party company in the world and it is often said its support can make or break a new console. Therefore, when it acquires a company to focus purely on Nintendo's Wii it is sure to be a good sign.

EA has previously worked with Utah-based Headgate Studios on a external contract basis, but after six years it has now snapped Headgate up and is directing its focus onto Nintendo's Wii console.

For reference, Headgate previously worked on the Tiger Woods franchise, plus the PC editions of Madden and The Godfather. Vance Cook, founder and CEO of Headgate, is set to continue his role as Executive Producer, reporting to Nick Earl, Vice President & General Manager of EA Redwood Shores/Maxis.

Vance Cook went on record to state the following:

"Having worked with EA for the past six years, we know their teams share our work ethic, passion for creative excellence and commitment to quality. By joining EA, we are making official what we all already feel - that we are part of the EA family. We couldn't be happier."

Paul Lee, president of EA Studios had this to say on the deal:

"The team at Headgate is a great fit with EA's creative team. Their creative spirit and technical leadership have separated them from the pack. Salt Lake City is a terrific place to make games - it's a dynamic city with a vibrant creative community and a great quality of life. We are thrilled to have them join EA."

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Great news, i hope more sport specific EA games come to the Wii after the great reviews Madden is getting.


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lets hope they make some good games for the Wii! Smilie

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I am hoping for quality burnout Wii version


Mike Gee of iZINE said, "...The Verve, as he promised, had become the greatest band in the world. Most of the critics agreed with him. Most paid due homage. The Verve were no longer the question mark or the clichť. They were the statement and the definition."

Great, a porting house! Thanks EA!

It's going to be shit and you jolly well know it.

Hopefully it'll be more than that, though unfortunately I doubt it

Still a proud member of the 'omfg amazing water in games' society

We'll obviously just get watered down versions of everything else! That'll be great!

EDIT: Didn't read Grumbles' post. Same point made, though Smilie

( Edited on 02.12.2006 23:53 by dojo99 )


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