Spielberg Does Games

EA and Steven Spielberg Team Up to Develop Three Original Videogames the press release announcing the famed director's plans to team up with the game developer and publisher to create some interactive entertainment. Word is:
CHERTSEY, UK, - October 14, 2005 - In a ground-breaking long term agreement, Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announced that Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg will be collaborating with the game makers at EA's Los Angeles studio (EALA) to create three new original franchise properties. Beginning this year, with offices located on site at EALA, Spielberg will work directly with EA's development teams to offer his signature style of storytelling to the concept, design, story and artistic visualization of the new games. EA will own the intellectual properties and the game franchises will be developed, published and distributed worldwide by EA. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"I have been playing EA games for years and have watched them master the interactive format." said Steven Spielberg. "Having watched the game industry grow from a niche into a major creative force in entertainment, I have a great deal of respect for EA's understanding of the interactive format. I'm looking forward to working closely with the team in Los Angeles."
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Every post-SPR WW2 game that's been released has taken quite a bit of influence from it already. Let's just say that Omaha Beach FPS recreations wouldn't be quite the same without it.

With this in mind, I don't think that making a game based on Saving Private Ryan would bring anything all that new to the table, unless Spielberg's got something up his sleeve that possibly involves a more intricate story (I'm sorry, but BiA's weak attempt at a storyline fell flat on its face, so I'm still waiting for a real "plot-based" WW2 shooter).

Although I don't think I ever finished it, I remember thinking very highly of The Dig. I really have no clue on how much involvement Spielberg really had in that project, but I'm going to be optimistic and hope that perhaps he understands the modern gaming world, and maybe even brings back the adventure genre in the process by fusing it with other genres.

But I don't see any of these going anywhere other than FPS if they hope to really capture a cinematic atmosphere.

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