EA shelved Starbreeze's Bourne - Report

LA Times says publisher sank Swedish studio's Robert Ludlum-based game, not Project RedLime; discussions to return to franchise ongoing.

Between 2008 and 2009, Electronic Arts commissioned Chronicles of Riddick developer Starbreeze Studios to craft two new games. Though announced only as a reinvention of one of EA's classic franchises, Project RedLime was the first to be announced and is rumored to be a reboot of Bullfrog Productions' cyberpunk action game Syndicate. The second announcement was for a game based on Robert Ludlum's espionage-themed Jason Bourne franchise.

Jason Bourne has a way of disappearing…

However, in an effort to refocus its upcoming product portfolio on high-profit titles, EA opted to kill one of these projects off earlier this week. And while both the publisher and its Swedish partner were mum on which of the two had met an untimely demise, the Los Angeles Times reports that it was the Bourne project that has been put down.

The Bourne license was last used in High Moon Studios' Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Conspiracy, which received solid reviews in 2008. However, following Activision's merger with Vivendi that same year, the Ludlum family reacquired the rights to make games based on Robert Ludlum's novels, eventually shopping them out to EA in February 2009.

As part of that deal, EA secured the worldwide licensing rights to create games based on the late author's acclaimed novels over a multiyear period. The first game to come about from this arrangement was to be Starbreeze's interpretation of rogue spy Jason Bourne, which had been the subject of a trio of Matt Damon-led summer blockbuster films.

According to the LA Times, EA will remain in partnership with the Ludlum estate, though no games based on the authors work are currently in development. An EA spokesperson reportedly told the newspaper that "EA and the Ludlum Estate are still discussing making a game based on the Bourne franchise."

EA had not responded to requests for additional comment as of press time.

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deadcowboy6
deadcowboy6

i just picked up the first game for 5$ at Kmart, haven't played it yet but it looks solid

oneligas
oneligas

poor Starbreeze the make some wicked awesome games and then fall like this maybe they should fire out Enclave 2 to get some revenue

sensei_hEnRY
sensei_hEnRY

i have a big hope for Starbreeze's Bourne game :(

melty3219
melty3219

Good, less mediocre trash on the shelves.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

I don't know why but every time I hear about the Bourne franchise, the first thing that goes through my head is: MAAAAHT DAAMOHHN

green_dominator
green_dominator

@blackace You are 100% correct but by only making games from proven franchises is folly, Madden in the past has been very successful but the past few years like you said have been lackluster at best, It's the same with all their proven franchises... None of the games EA owns is inherently bad it's just not taking a risk once and awhile is really bad.... At the same time what Activision does is worse, they bank everything on risk most of the time and it fails, What a publisher should do instead is go with their proven games but also have a few that is a risk to make..... Would a new Bourne game do well? It's possible Would a Bourne game do well developed by Starbreeze?? Definitely, at least it's worth the risk given their success with Riddick.....

monson21502
monson21502

not sure what they made so many bourne movies. first one was not bad but they kept getting worse and worse. im glad the trashed the game

blackace
blackace

This doesn't surprise me. EA has lossed a lot of money over the past 2-3 years. Even teh solid Madden series didn't make as much money last year as it had done 3 or 4 years ago. EA is trying to focus only on their key money making titles and terminating any projects that are unproven.

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

If EA really wants to focus on their profitability they should stop acquiring independent developers. Save the cash and they end up screwing up the acquired developer anyway. They should emulate the movie business and just do distribution deals instead of acquisitions. Let the independents do what they always do best, create and innovate.

DEATH775
DEATH775

The first Bourne game was totally awesome. Especially the takedowns, just pure amazing. I would love another Bourne game.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

We never really get any good news out of EA or Activision anymore. It's all just one headache after another...

SeanIRL
SeanIRL

Noooo... not an EA Syndicate. They're going to ruin it like they ruined C&C and everything else they've ever done :( Why can't they leave my childhood alone.

BaLLz_ON_FiRE
BaLLz_ON_FiRE

First Bourne game was glitchy BUT still loads of FUN !!!

seacowphil
seacowphil

I think they've made the wrong choice axing the Bourne titles. I think they would've made more money with the Bourne game

Carpe_Noctum
Carpe_Noctum

" an effort to refocus its upcoming product portfolio on high-profit titles", Refocus? I thought that was always the EA focus. I really do hope this gets the green-light soon as I would dig seeing what Starbreeze Studios take on it would be. Most likely, killer. Mostly, I liked what High Moon Studios did on the last game, while not great it did capture the feeling of Bourne. Like a lot of you guys, I am really looking forward to Alpha Protocol, which could be very Bourne-like in some ways.

benboz
benboz

Bourne is awesome. The Bourne Conspiracy was a good game. I hope they make another one.

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

Meh. Splinter Cell is all I need. If I had to play another similar game, I'd choose Alpha Protocol over a Bourne game (no matter who makes it) in a heartbeat.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

Eh, splinter cell conviction will have me entertained for awhile.

PublicNuisance
PublicNuisance

I am kind of saddened. From what I played of the last Bourne game I thought it had a good deal of potential. Starbreeze has made some good games to boot.

_Doomsayer_
_Doomsayer_

Wow... this really sucks. I was looking forward to this game so much. Starbreeze is an extremely talented group of developers, and the day that this game was announced was like a dream come true for me... I love the Bourne books, movies, and I thought The Bourne Conspiracy was great... this is really a shame. :(

roosteraxe1
roosteraxe1

That's a shame. Starbreeze makes great games. WOuld have loved to see their take on the Bourne series. Havn't played more than a demo of the first game, but even that was decent. Syndicate however was a craptactular game. I should know, I still have it. Thinkg's could be worse though. Activision could be taking over the Bourne games. Then firing the heads if they got successful. Then making 8 new Bourne games a year. Like they do with all their franchises.

damodar_thade
damodar_thade

EA can't seem to stop mucking up good games and developers, Thankfully there are still a few independent devs making good games.

MissMorphine
MissMorphine

shame i would have loved a bourne starbreeze game. since im a big fan of the riddick games

Shardz7
Shardz7

The irony here is that EA sank Bullfrog many years ago and thus Peter Molyneux ended up starting Lionhead as a direct result of EA suffocating their development process. The bottom line is; the farther you are away from EA, the better. I would like to see Lionhead remake Syndicate and have EA go away and just make crappy console games and stay away from creative IP's. After what they did to C&C4, I will never trust them ever again with anything.

Qirexian
Qirexian

The old Bourne game was very good actually; it wasn't something amazingly new but I think it really captured the pace and style of the films, with a nice combination of shooting and close quarters combat. It's a shame that we won't see EA's take on the franchise; it could have been interesting..

lamprey263
lamprey263

I was almost disappointed until I noticed they're putting off the next Bourne game to start working on another Syndicate game (effing sweet!!!). Now all EA has to do is bring back Road Rash and I'd be sooooo happy.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

I always wanted to play that Bourne game, but never got around to it. Enough people liked it (not talking about critics), that I'm still intruiged... Might have to pick it up now that the price has fallen.

JayQproductions
JayQproductions

im glad they canned the bourne game and not the other

gskywalker09
gskywalker09

Too bad, was looking forward to another Bourne game.

kejigoto
kejigoto

After playing the last Bourne game, I'm not at all upset to see that one get shut down. Who knows, maybe they'll come back to it after this other game is complete and they can actually focus on truly making a good game. And yes I know they didn't make that other stinker, but still though it left a really bad taste in my mouth after about 20 minutes of play.

sevvo73lasvegas
sevvo73lasvegas

Don't panic folks, a Syndicate reboot would be stellar!

luffy11234
luffy11234

something has to always die when talking with ea.

X-RS
X-RS

bourne just aint hot after 3 movies. thats why one isnt getting made. ea sees it as high risk. "high-profit tittles" @dakan45 i beleive EA pulled the plug, so id be posting bout them. starbreezez has put time n effort into bourne and ea has killed that. time wasted. no new games. and dont forget the darkness (though that is similiar to riddick...) it was good.

chronolzx
chronolzx

Noooo... i want aonther bourne. :(

dakan45
dakan45

Honestly starbreeze gotta make some new good games. They have not done anything latelly ana people praise them too much for Riddick and the remake. But thats just about it.

CodyLamp
CodyLamp

Can't say that I'm disappointed, StarBreeze is known for hard edged dark science fiction and thats where they should stay.