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Spielberg goes science fiction gaming

15/10/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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EA and Steven Spielberg team up to develop three original SFF videogames.

Electronic Arts Inc. has announced that Steven Spielberg will be collaborating with the game makers at EA's Los Angeles studio (EALA) to create three new original SFF game franchise properties.

Beginning this year, with offices located on site at EALA, Spielberg will work directly with EA's development teams to offer his signature style of storytelling to the concept, design, story and artistic visualization of the new games.

EA will own the intellectual properties and the game franchises will be developed, published and distributed worldwide by EA. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"I have been playing EA games for years and have watched them master the interactive format," Spielberg told SFcrowsnest.com. "Having watched the game industry grow from a niche into a major creative force in entertainment, I have a great deal of respect for EA's understanding of the interactive format. I'm looking forward to working closely with the team in Los Angeles."

"There is no greater storyteller than Steven Spielberg," said EA CEO Larry Probst. "In addition to his gift for pleasing movie audiences, he has an innate understanding of games and how to immerse players into a fantastic world of action and characters."

EALA is home to the Medal of Honor, Command & Conquer and The Lord of the Rings games.

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