|Rumour: EA Partners label to discontinue, Respawn's project unaffected|
|Posted: 25.04.2013 15:07 by Simon Priest||Comments: 0|
Publisher EA is shaking things up and among the casualties list is apparently the EA Partners label which saw third-party developers have their work signed up for distribution through EA's retail channels.
The likes of Crysis, Left 4 Dead, Portal 2, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, Bulletstorm and Rock Band all passed through the program, but now it faces the chop in the pursuit of streamlining.
This is all according to multiple sources blabbing to Game Informer. Insomniac's Fuse and Respawn's first title since its founding will remain unaffected by the closure.
The EA Partners label was formed back in 1997 and offered contract-based publishing to independent studios, which meant the development team could keep control of their own IP creation. CEO John Riccitiello resigned last month, and since then new management has been in office making sweeping changes - resulting in significant layoffs.