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Electronic Arts Gets Their Bio Break
January 10, 2008, 12:14 pm
Filed under: 38 Studios, Blizzard, EA Mythic, MMORPGs, SOE

This week, Electronic Arts’ 620 million dollar acquisition of Bioware and Pandemic Studios was finalized. With this, Electronic Arts is now the parent company of what are arguably two of the finest computer RPG studios in the industry (Mythic and Bioware). What does this mean for MMORPGers?

With Bioware and Mythic having EA’s resources, this puts both companies in a position to go toe-to-toe with the big boys (namely Blizzard and SOE). This means both Blizzard and SOE will have to step up their game significantly.

I don’t think Warhammer will make as huge an impact on the gaming world as people are predicting, but you need only look at the trailer for Wrath of the Lich King to see that EA/Mythic has already prompted Blizzard to get off their self-assured keisters and get back to work–many elements of the next WoW expansion are clearly a response to WAR‘s RvR. And if Bioware’s undisclosed MMO is indeed a Star Wars-licensed RPG, it could very well deliver a killing blow to SWG.

With the caliber of product we’ve seen from Bioware and Mythic in the past, I could easily see them usurping Sony’s position in the subscription MMO market in the next five years and SOE moving even further towards mass produced, free-to-play, microtransaction, Asian-style MMOs if The Agency proves successful.

And the wild card in the next five years? Hands down 38 Studios. Even though they’re only in preproduction on their own undisclosed MMORPG, add up all the factors of that equation and I’d bet a substantial amount of money that they will be the studio that turns the industry on its ear a few years down the line.

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