Yes they did. Rush it to market, recoup costs, turn a profit, and start developing
expansions. MMO developers do this a lot. I would say Spore's development costs was about the same or more. EA probably told Will, "We need you to expedite this game... now!"
Game p/reviewer for http://www.gameindustry.com/DRM needs to die... now
"...and now with sports. The Cointen Spinky Whompers flumped the Floing Boing Welfencloppers, 70-fluff to 40-flabe. At the tone, the time will be 26 railroad."