EA closes Japan studio

Internal development studio to go as part of corporate restructuring.

EA's Japanese studio will soon be closing its doors after three years, having produced one game, Theme Park DS, with two more Nintendo DS games in the works.

An EA spokesperson confirmed a 1Up report that the studio was to close, with the reason being that the company would be consolidating its Japanese development team. The spokesperson said, "We're moving it under our EA Partners model, focusing on working with external Japanese developers."

The studio originally opened three years ago, and it was due to release Theme Park DS in Japan on March 15.

The EA spokesperson confirmed that Theme Park DS would still be released on schedule, adding, "It's important to note that the development that was underway in Japan for the three products for the DS--Theme Park DS, Sim City DS, and Dragon Zakura DS--continues, so those titles don't go away. They're still very much part of our release plans."

Dragon Zakura is a "very Japan-focused game," based on a Japanese TV drama series and a manga of the same name, whereas Theme Park DS and Sim City DS are localisations of popular Western franchises for the handheld.

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GrgSpunk
GrgSpunk

Now if only something like this could happen to the western markets...

GFofgaming
GFofgaming

Wtf?? I didn't even knew EA had a Japanese studio to begin with.

neonblueshadow
neonblueshadow

errr most games take 2-3 years to make, if not more. This isn't really of any loss to EA anyway, compared to the income they make this isn't even a setback. Nor is this a waste of time , since this whole venture was to probably test the waters in japan with this studio.

psymon_05
psymon_05

A massive waste of both time and money by the sounds of it. Good to know where our money goes.

Nawras
Nawras

Wow, an entire studio to create one game in three years and then close? So this is where our money goes in EA?

Splintersixcell
Splintersixcell

good move from a retarded money-hungry company. ratio of game liked 1:150 from company

epormada
epormada

Alright right, now just close the rest of them and we'll be good!

wenbin09
wenbin09

1 game in 3 years? it's a good move..

TheGamer4Life
TheGamer4Life

EA focuses on mainly the North American market anyway.

AuthenticM
AuthenticM

I never saw the point in them having a japanese studio; EA doesn't do Japan-centric games.

VegetaMaelstrom
VegetaMaelstrom

Only one game in three years. Wow. EA Japan must be inspired by Valve and 3D Realms.

matrixman2k
matrixman2k

how the big and mighty have fallen...i remember all the big talks from a while back. Now even they need restructuring.

GANGSTA287
GANGSTA287

Kill the Facists!!!!!! I hope this was actually a joint op by American Delta Force and Some Secret Japenese Elite Squad to free the world from EA....

Brown52
Brown52

As long as they are still working on Sim City DS, everythings good IMO.

subject117
subject117

Yeah, EA REALLY needs to squash any hopes of creativity or originality... *rolls eyes*

a0me
a0me

@rob3nelson The studio will be closed by EA (a US company) before any of the Japanese studio's game has even been released. What does it have to do with Japanese gamers' taste? They even haven't released a single game.

Kbs64
Kbs64

good I want my Simcity fix!!! Having a portable Simcity sounds sweet!!!

rob3nelson
rob3nelson

Just goes to show you how strange the Japanese taste for video games is. If the Japanese had normal appetities, this studio would still be open.

TryMe01
TryMe01

i never knew one existed, and now it wont for long

ssalex333
ssalex333

wow i remember seein EA lookin for japanese talent headlines. and now its closing. lets face it EA cant make games for the japanese. i mean have you seen those crazy ds titles and wii games they play? no way EA could ever make those.

Cooljon
Cooljon

PS3 have had a big effect on ths. Though saying that, if they only made one game in 2 years, its not suprising really

JoeSmith34
JoeSmith34

Poor sales of the Playstation 3 in Japan are probably the reason why this is happening. Playstation 3 has sold just as bad in Japan as it has in North America.

mcgarrett
mcgarrett

The workers aren't being laid off I think, just relocation?

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

only one game in 3 years? thats pretty slow production there...

enoslives7
enoslives7

EA is a black eye on gaming...they are a bunch of scam artists. BOYCOTT EA !!!

thefjk
thefjk

Close anything that hasn't produced any major games, and by that I mean games that I've heard of!

Jerian
Jerian

It goes the other way too, Retro Studios is out of Texas working for the big N....EA Japan just sounds wrong though.

mrklorox
mrklorox

Well perhaps if more EA games were developed for three years or longer, WE MIGHT ACTUALLY GET SOME DECENT GAMES FROM EA TO PLAY... Seriously, I'd rather have perfect ports of these classic strategy/sim games to enjoy than a slow or broken waste of ROM. Does anybody remember Sim City 2000 for the SNES?

TJchief
TJchief

i remember when i was a kid there was an electronic arts studio a few miles from my house

guardianlegend7
guardianlegend7

EA's got a ton of companies in other countries. There's an EA Poland, EA Spain, EA China, etc etc. I don't think all the companies make games, though.

dukerav
dukerav

One game, three years, sounds like it was pointless to have the studio then.

AHDOAH
AHDOAH

oh well- -that's sad///

datniccah187
datniccah187

One game that no ones heard of in three years, sounds like grounds to shut an operation down to me. EA had been a little shakey lately. I'm excited about some of their games coming out, but they need to start cranking out some good maddens and nba lives here. Those to series have not been going anywhere fast. Madden is just not getting better, and NBA Live is just getting worse.

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

oh well it happens to the best of us, hopefully they find other jobs somewhere else

SearchBomber
SearchBomber

Sucks for the folks that worked there. Otherwise, they haven't done enough to make anyone care.

gemgembobbie
gemgembobbie

As other people already said, I didn't even know an EA studio was in Japan.

Staryoshi87
Staryoshi87

As long as Sim City DS is still in the works, I'll survive.

iliyun
iliyun

Good!!! one of many more to come ! E.A. makes a dozen crappy games for every 1 good game. this news brought tears of Joy to my eyes

frogiggy323
frogiggy323

They need to make a DS version of Sim City 4, that game rocked. But anyway, it doesn't sound like they're losing the jobs, but like more or less being transferred to other EA companies.

K1nG_Gr4H4m
K1nG_Gr4H4m

Too bad for them. I hope they'll get something else soon. I'm not to sure about Dragon Zakura though. I loved the drama, but a game about studying for the entrance exam, to get into Japan's toughest University (Toudai) (o_O) ... bleh.

axillia
axillia

Too bad people will be losing their jobs.

coollizy
coollizy

So they've been open for three years, and they're only now finishing their first DS game? It's hard to say what's what with so few details, but if that's the reason they're closing, it makes a heck of a lot of sense.