EA in Digital Illusions take-over bid
Whilst EA's role at Scandinavian developer DICE (or Digital Illusions) is already regarded as pivotal given their 19% stake in the firm, and the existence of a 15-year publishing deal, it would seem that the giant publisher would like yet further control of the firm. Apparently, EA have tendered an offer for all remaining shares in the company, the creators of Battlefield to which EA owns the licence. DICE's directors are currently recommending shareholders accept the offer, highlighting the benefit being part of EA would have during the risky transition to the next-generation.
"Making DICE a full partner with EA will strengthen DICE's ability to navigate the transition to the next generation of technology," chairman Torsten Larsson states yesterday. EA said that if the acquisition is successful they plan to expand the studio, investing in new teams and further titles, possibly in the four-million selling Battlefield series. DICE are currently working on Battlefield: Modern Combat, the first in the multiplayer-centred series for consoles. More soon.
- Trine series sells 7 million copies, Frozenbyte releases user-creation tools
- Lots of teary-eyed gamers as more Star Wars: Battlefront 3 gameplay footage leaks out
- Jade Raymond leaves Ubisoft Toronto to pursue new opportunities
- Ryse: Son Of Rome scores Best Game Design award at the Animago Awards in Germany
- Activision releases the launch trailer for Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare a little early
- Rockstar won't be holding a beta for GTA Online on the PC
- UK to toughen up laws on internet harassment
- Final Fantasy XIV Heavensward expansion announced for release next year, first screenshots released
- Driveclub issues persist as players report trouble downloading the latest patch