There’s an organisational shake-up at Electronic Arts today with the formation of EA Worldwide Studios.
The merger involves carious EA-affiliated studios namely, Bioware, EA Mobile and Maxis. The move is being billed as an attempt streamline the sharing of ideas and technology across the various studios. The three entities have been working closely together on a variety of projects for several years, so this event feels more like a managerial shuffle than a major change.
EA are looking to “work on EA’s powerful brand portfolio and new IP” with Maxis, EA Mobile joining the “central studios organization” which is led by Patrick Söderlund.
Samantha Ryan will also now take over leadership of Bioware due to “her love for RPGs and experience with open-world adventure games”. Ryan is currently Senior Vice President of EA Mobile so her involvement in Bioware is a new position.
EA’s CTO Ken Moss will now also be in charge of the Frostbite Engine team.