While we find ourselves deep within the summer lull of the games industry, where pretty much nothing gets released and Zumba Fitness gets to rule the roost as a result, there have been some quite interesting developments over the last two days or so. As ever, this is my quick roundup of all the big news.
Top billing for this week has to go to EA. Yesterday they announced the purchase of Popcap Games, the studio behind the massively successful Peggle & Plants And Zombies, for an eye watering amount of $750 million. This comes as part of EA’s drive to regain its mantle as the biggest games company in the world, following on from their acquisition of Bioware, the creators of Mass Effect and Dragon Age, for $860 million four years ago. However, one has to look at this deal and think that EA may have paid a bit too much; Popcap have admittedly tapped into everyone’s love for puzzle games and reaped success, but is a casual games company worth such a high investment? It seems others aren’t happy as well; EA’s stock experienced a small drop in the aftermath of the news breaking, and the internet has exploded with the usual ‘EA are killing originality’ and ‘screw you Popcap for selling out’ comments. On a personal note, I wish Popcap a good future working with EA, because I love Peggle. Simple as that. Continue reading EA Buys Popcap Games, First FIFA 12 Career Mode Details & Kingdom Hearts 3 News