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29. Re: Pandemic Closing? Nov 17, 2009, 15:06 PacoTaco
Years and data might not be perfect here, but I am doing this from memory, since some of us knew this would happen 6 years ago, and I know it is hard to follow a bit, but it about the most time I can afford to waste on this subject at this point. The idea here is to show the trend of where things have been going for years.

2001-2003 EA purchased Dreamworks Interactive for Medal of Honor, re-labels studio EALA to capture "movie" talent to increase the "quality" of future products, new EARS management puts the untrained movie makers in charge of making games, movie talent in charge of most departments in EALA, forcing the people that created Medal of Honor to work for them, a lot of them are forced out or quit or out right fired. Medal of Honor franchise produces Rising Sun a terrible game, this trend continues as Activision releases COD taking over their FPS market share. During this same period Pandemic is working with EA on a Strike title, but after months of Executive feedback and the direction, changing Pandemic quits the project, leaving EA with out a new Strike title, picture a really bad GTA style game mixed with military, nothing to do with the original Strike games like Soviet Strike. EA is very upset with Pandemic. EA attempts makes Golden Eye 2 to mediocre success, RTS franchise C&C follows a roller coaster ride up and down, not enough revenue to supply the entire studio the original purchase was based around Medal of Honor dollars, Medal of Honor slowly declines as poor product after poor product are released, years latter it is now a defunct franchise destroyed by internal egos, and the great work the COD teams do.

Neil Young is given control as GM coming down from EARS during this time things are changed, JR after buying Pandemic and Bioware returns as CEO of EA Larry retires to the Chairmen of the Board, Pandemic is separate from EALA but is only 10 miles away from the expensive to run building that contains the newly reformed EALA, many people are laid off from EALA over the years after the failures, Pandemic makes no revenue the games they are creating don’t follow EA direction (as it probably contains stupidity), but not listening and playing the politics creates other problems for Pandemic as they now owned by EA, this goes on for the past 2 years, and now after the revenue projection for Pandemic looks poor they close or merge them into the EALA studio. Neil Young leaves back to EARS and soon leaves to form a new startup. Sean Decker now in charge with the directive to fix it or flush it mentality for EA entire southern California presence.

Next year or 6 months from now expect another round of layoffs from EALA or it will be closed down as C&C and what could be the last Medal of Honor game to come out of EALA fails to generate enough revenue to be worth keeping. Both franchises will be moved to cheaper locations to create, looks like Montréal and or DICE will capture most of this work. The owners of Pandemic are rich from the purchase by Elevation Partners which turned into EA, and will open “Pandemic2” studio with all the talent that is laid off from EALA as EA closes it down. The future of Pandemic 2 is unpredictable but will probably be published by Activision or a hardware manufacture like Sony or MS.

This comment was edited on Nov 17, 2009, 15:13.
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