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EA and Starbreeze Reinventing Classic EA Franchise
Ultima? Wing Commander? System Shock?!?
By Jared Black 02/21/2008 17:06:02 PST
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Please oh please oh please oh please...

Oh EA, you sure do know how to tease a guy, don't you? Today EA announced that it has teamed with The Darkness and The Chronicles of Riddick developer Starbreeze Studios to "reinvent" a classic EA franchise. Internally code-named Project RedLime, this game is in development for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

“EA Partners is thrilled to hand over the keys to one of EA’s most acclaimed franchises to Starbreeze Studios,” said David DeMartini, vice president and general manager of EA Partners. “Starbreeze’s pedigree is undisputed and we could not be happier to welcome them to the EA Partners family. The team is creating an incredibly innovative take on a classic property and EA Partners is poised to deliver a blockbuster launch on the global stage.”

“EA Partners gives independent developers like Starbreeze access to EA’s unrivaled global publishing infrastructure, letting us focus our energy on what we do best – making incredible games,” said Johan Kristiansson, CEO of Starbreeze Studios. “We’re already deep in development on Project RedLime and the team at EA is giving us the time we need to perfect our vision. We’re excited to bring a new perspective and gameplay innovation to this beloved fiction.”

And aside from that, absolutely nothing is known about the game right now. Even a thorough read of Starbreeze's job page is fruitless, as each job listing is worded just vaguely enough to not give away any clues. With so little to go on, wild speculation is already running (as opposed to walking) rampant on the 'net...so we'll add our own fuel to the fire. The mention of "beloved fiction" leads us to believe that EA franchises like Road Rash and Mutant League Football are out, since they hardly had any fiction involved. Even Archon and M.U.L.E. would seem to be long-shots, leaving us with three huge candidates: System Shock, Ultima and Wing Commander. While this could just be our unnatural love for Origin talking, the latter two probably have the strongest fiction in EA's back catalog, although both are in genres generally vastly different from Starbreeze's previous works. On the other hand, the recent success of BioShock makes System Shock seem like a pretty good candidate, and it would be closer to the action found in Starbreeze's previous titles as well.

Regardless, we'll let you know when they finally let the cat out of the bag. In the meantime, if you have a theory of your own, feel free to leave it in the comments section below.

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