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News id Software leaves Activision, joins EA

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by CardJoe, 15 Jul 2008.

  1. CardJoe

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    so... goodbye to the Quake franchise on Steam then?... Then again, how come all but Quake 4 is on there...
     
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    Fod what is the cheesecake?

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    JC looks like joe.
     
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    I always thought JC would look a bit more menacing.
     
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    Nothing like me!
     
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    I can't help but wonder if this is the first step to iD being bought by EA... :(
     
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    The loss here is that EA and Steam dont play nice together. Shame really, as Steam is x100 better than the EA Online offering.

    Also.. Ive read many times that its the publisher who control's funding for patches and the distribution of patches. Looking at EA's track record with games like 2142 and BF2 this doesnt bode well for future patches to ID's games.
    My source for the above statement is Supreme Commander for example, which is published by THQ but built by Gas powered Games. Its THQ that decides on the patching and QA of the builds for Supreme Commander, at their cost. (Which is why the game has hardly been patched since Forged Alliance came out.... THQ are tight money grabbing jesters). There is much angst on the forums about THQ's total lack of dedication to the patching of some of their games. Gas Powered Games have said they would love to release more updates to the game, but THQ wont pony up the money, and they arent allowed to go it alone.
     
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    I very much doubt that Carmack would sell, tbh.
     
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    Is Carmack the sole owner of iD?
     
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    Not quite, IIRC he shares it with Hollenshead. Either way, id are WAY too proud to ever sell up, and with good reason, they're one of the most famous devs on the planet and they feel it's the publishers who bow to their wishes, not the other way around.
     
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    Harry is convinced that the move to EA comes as part of a commitment to pro gaming circuits, but personally I'm not so sure. I think it's going to be more to do with EA wanting to have a more reputable PC presence and Activision wanting to focus more on Strategy, Sims and MMOs.
     
  12. BlackMage23

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    The EA monster continues to gobble up what it can.
    It would be so good if EA just licenced steam from Valve and put thier own frontend on it, that would be so much better, but they are EA and think that they are the best.
     
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    When will EA reach a point where it's EAten up everyone else, at which point it will explode into a billion different companies?

    That'll be exciting.
     
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    urgh, do not want :\
     
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    Sometimes EA really sux ballz (porting the PS2 version of FIFA 08 instead of the PS3 or even Xbox 360) but i think we all agree that they make good games, and have a great market worldwide. So i guess that should be a good contract for both EA and id
     
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    Activision are still a bigger publisher than EA aren't they? It's interesting to see a company swap sides
     
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    Activision bigger than EA?

    Are you sure?
     
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    this sucks :(
     
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