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« on: November 27, 2013, 07:20:06 PM »

will it be good? Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future.  Visceral had done some good games, but EA Canada seems to have mainly done sports.
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« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2013, 08:37:36 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on November 27, 2013, 07:20:06 PM

will it be good? Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future.  Visceral had done some good games, but EA Canada seems to have mainly done sports.

do or do not, there is no try.  (come on EA, don't fail me now)
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« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2013, 08:40:01 PM »

I have extremely little faith in EA's ability to create great games these days, so I can't say I'm excited.
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« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2013, 08:55:01 PM »

The NHL series by EA Canada is IMO some of the best gaming out there, but it's a lot different than an open world game. The talent is there, but will it transfer to a different genre?
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« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2013, 10:17:09 PM »

I'm more looking forward to Battlefront 3
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« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2013, 05:03:21 AM »

Quote from: CeeKay on November 27, 2013, 07:20:06 PM

Visceral had done some good games, but EA Canada seems to have mainly done sports.

Until roughly 2 years ago EA Canada was the largest game studio in N.A. employing between 1,500 - 2,000 staff. It's famous for the NHL and FIFA games, but that studio maintained many talent pools and supported EA games globally. Many of the assets for games like LotR Return of the King, James Bond EoN among many others were cooperatively developed between that stuido and their sibling EA studios in other parts of the world. They also owned and housed much of Blackbox Entertainment, who produced a number of NFS games (including 2005's NFS MW) and the Skate series, in the same location.

My biggest concern about that studio producing a quality SW game lies with the management who I've never been impressed with. There's loads of underutilized quality talent still there and a heckuva lot more to be had in the city (ex relic Ent., ex Radical Ent., ex Blackbox, ex Propoganda studio, etc.) the studio is located in, but it doesn't amount to much with piss-poor management. IMO if they can get some good management behind this game, it has a good chance of amounting to something - but that's a big "IF".
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« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2013, 01:34:57 PM »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=e6-eId8rgyc#t=60
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« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2013, 02:03:15 PM »

Quote from: kronovan on November 28, 2013, 05:03:21 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 27, 2013, 07:20:06 PM

Visceral had done some good games, but EA Canada seems to have mainly done sports.

Until roughly 2 years ago EA Canada was the largest game studio in N.A. employing between 1,500 - 2,000 staff. It's famous for the NHL and FIFA games, but that studio maintained many talent pools and supported EA games globally. Many of the assets for games like LotR Return of the King, James Bond EoN among many others were cooperatively developed between that stuido and their sibling EA studios in other parts of the world. They also owned and housed much of Blackbox Entertainment, who produced a number of NFS games (including 2005's NFS MW) and the Skate series, in the same location.

My biggest concern about that studio producing a quality SW game lies with the management who I've never been impressed with. There's loads of underutilized quality talent still there and a heckuva lot more to be had in the city (ex relic Ent., ex Radical Ent., ex Blackbox, ex Propoganda studio, etc.) the studio is located in, but it doesn't amount to much with piss-poor management. IMO if they can get some good management behind this game, it has a good chance of amounting to something - but that's a big "IF".

They did FIFA too? How did I not know that? Ok, they are responsible for two of my favourite games (FIFA and NHL). Cautiously optimistic for this then.
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« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2013, 03:33:00 PM »

Quote from: JayDee on November 28, 2013, 02:03:15 PM

Quote from: kronovan on November 28, 2013, 05:03:21 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 27, 2013, 07:20:06 PM

Visceral had done some good games, but EA Canada seems to have mainly done sports.

Until roughly 2 years ago EA Canada was the largest game studio in N.A. employing between 1,500 - 2,000 staff. It's famous for the NHL and FIFA games, but that studio maintained many talent pools and supported EA games globally. Many of the assets for games like LotR Return of the King, James Bond EoN among many others were cooperatively developed between that stuido and their sibling EA studios in other parts of the world. They also owned and housed much of Blackbox Entertainment, who produced a number of NFS games (including 2005's NFS MW) and the Skate series, in the same location.

My biggest concern about that studio producing a quality SW game lies with the management who I've never been impressed with. There's loads of underutilized quality talent still there and a heckuva lot more to be had in the city (ex relic Ent., ex Radical Ent., ex Blackbox, ex Propoganda studio, etc.) the studio is located in, but it doesn't amount to much with piss-poor management. IMO if they can get some good management behind this game, it has a good chance of amounting to something - but that's a big "IF".

They did FIFA too? How did I not know that? Ok, they are responsible for two of my favourite games (FIFA and NHL). Cautiously optimistic for this then.

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« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2013, 04:04:20 PM »

It'd be like a soccer version of Pigskin 621 A.D.  I'd love it.
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« Reply #10 on: November 28, 2013, 07:12:37 PM »

Quote from: JayDee on November 28, 2013, 02:03:15 PM

Quote from: kronovan on November 28, 2013, 05:03:21 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 27, 2013, 07:20:06 PM

Visceral had done some good games, but EA Canada seems to have mainly done sports.

Until roughly 2 years ago EA Canada was the largest game studio in N.A. employing between 1,500 - 2,000 staff. It's famous for the NHL and FIFA games, but that studio maintained many talent pools and supported EA games globally. Many of the assets for games like LotR Return of the King, James Bond EoN among many others were cooperatively developed between that stuido and their sibling EA studios in other parts of the world. They also owned and housed much of Blackbox Entertainment, who produced a number of NFS games (including 2005's NFS MW) and the Skate series, in the same location.

My biggest concern about that studio producing a quality SW game lies with the management who I've never been impressed with. There's loads of underutilized quality talent still there and a heckuva lot more to be had in the city (ex relic Ent., ex Radical Ent., ex Blackbox, ex Propoganda studio, etc.) the studio is located in, but it doesn't amount to much with piss-poor management. IMO if they can get some good management behind this game, it has a good chance of amounting to something - but that's a big "IF".

They did FIFA too? How did I not know that? Ok, they are responsible for two of my favourite games (FIFA and NHL). Cautiously optimistic for this then.

Yep, the soccer pitch with the picturesque north shore mountains as a backdrop that's showed up in the odd FIFA game is situated there. About a decade ago I used to go there to kick around a ball with a few buddies that still work at the studio, but management is anal about that fields use these days. The studio buildings are actually about a block behind my old junior high school and are situated on land that was a juvenile detention center back when I was a teen. The more seasoned staff there joke that it still resembles that due to the youngish age of the general population and the ridiculously long work  hours.  slywink

BTW ex-XBone weanie Don Mattrick founded the original studio (DSI) that EA gobbled up and relabelled EA Canada. That was way back in the early 80's though, and IIRC they merged with EA around 1990.
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« Reply #11 on: November 28, 2013, 08:47:53 PM »

Yeah, I've always found it interesting that the studio that designed the original Test Drive games ended up creating the Need for Speed franchise, which ended up being a rival franchise. The original 3D0 version of Need for Speed was a lot of fun.
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« Reply #12 on: November 28, 2013, 08:53:23 PM »

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Yeah, I've always found it interesting that the studio that designed the original Test Drive games ended up creating the Need for Speed franchise, which ended up being a rival franchise. The original 3D0 version of Need for Speed was a lot of fun.

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« Reply #13 on: November 28, 2013, 08:56:49 PM »

Quote from: Isgrimnur on November 28, 2013, 04:04:20 PM

It'd be like a soccer version of Pigskin 621 A.D.  I'd love it.
would force lightning the referee be a foul?
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« Reply #14 on: November 28, 2013, 08:58:05 PM »

I'd be more concerned with unfair ref'ing due to Jedi Mind Tricks(tm).
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« Reply #15 on: November 28, 2013, 08:59:39 PM »

Yeah.
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« Reply #16 on: November 28, 2013, 09:34:22 PM »

Quote from: Rumpy on November 28, 2013, 08:47:53 PM

Yeah, I've always found it interesting that the studio that designed the original Test Drive games ended up creating the Need for Speed franchise, which ended up being a rival franchise. The original 3D0 version of Need for Speed was a lot of fun.

EA Canada used to be Distinctive Software and made the Test Drive series as well - awesome times!
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« Reply #17 on: November 28, 2013, 10:23:16 PM »

Didn't I just say that, Raz? Tongue
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« Reply #18 on: November 29, 2013, 05:50:21 AM »

Quote from: Rumpy on November 28, 2013, 10:23:16 PM

Didn't I just say that, Raz? Tongue

oh wow - My reading comprehension skills are...not up to par, eh? hehe, sorry about that- I thought I read something completely different!
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« Reply #19 on: November 29, 2013, 05:57:02 AM »

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Didn't I just say that, Raz? Tongue

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« Reply #20 on: November 29, 2013, 11:58:50 AM »

who is moose?
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« Reply #21 on: November 29, 2013, 04:31:03 PM »

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« Reply #22 on: November 29, 2013, 07:37:00 PM »

I'd be more concerned with the squirrel.
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