Report: EA stacking up Boom Blox 2

EALA reportedly crafting follow-up to Steven Spielberg-produced Wii puzzler; EA Blueprint said to be shuttered.

Expectations were high for EA's Boom Blox, a physics-based puzzle game for the Wii that stood as the publisher's first collaboration with famed movie director Steven Spielberg. However, despite Spielberg's star power--not to mention the Wii's sizable installed base--the game has thus far seen only a small measure of success, selling 450,000 copies through June. Even still, EA Games president Frank Gibeau told GameSpot in a recent interview, "I think it's done well."

Gibeau's opinion, of course, is what matters, and it now appears as if Boom Blox will see a sequel. Variety reports today that EALA is at work on "Boom Blox 2," which the trade magazine notes is a working title. No further details on the project were revealed, and Variety's source did not indicate whether Spielberg would again have a hand in development.

The news comes along with word that EA had shuttered its covert Blueprint division following the company's staff reductions at the end of October. The division, which was never officially announced by EA, was reportedly tasked with creating new, original properties that could be exploited across a breadth of media. EA Blueprint was initially headed by longtime EA executive Neil Young, before he passed the reins to Louis Castle in June to form a startup.

According to Variety, EA Blueprint spearheaded development on the original Boom Blox, as well as Spielberg's other, as-yet-announced title. The division also reportedly played a role in brokering EA's exclusive publishing deal with Armature Studio, formed earlier this year by a number of Metroid Prime vets.

EA had not responded to requests for comment as of press time about Boom Blox 2. However, an EA rep did confirm to GameSpot that another Spielberg-produced title, code-named LMNO, remained in development. Prior reports peg that game as a sci-fi action title for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

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14 comments
wyme2
wyme2

i have boom blox 1. i wonder if it will b good?

inflammable01
inflammable01

Thats cool. I wonder how and what they're going to improve from the first one and what they're going to add. I might have to wait for reviews before I buy the sequel.

PhazonBlazer
PhazonBlazer

Great news. I still need to play the 1st one.

Sharpie125
Sharpie125

If I can just get in here... Spielberg, help EA make a REAL Medal of Honor game.

VW_MKIII
VW_MKIII

This game is a very well done game for the wii. I played it so much that my arm was in pain for a week! The wii needs more games like this!

mikewalsh69
mikewalsh69

i'm not sure if i have misread but does this article say if the sequel will be exclusive?? i would love if it became multiplatform cause i never had the chance to play the first

kbaily
kbaily

Boom Blox is a good example of how a casual game SHOULD be.

EXxile
EXxile

Awesome news. The first Boom Blox was excellent, and was definately a surprise hit. Do not be fooled by it's appearance, because it is definately one of the best titles on the Wii to date.

Proman84
Proman84

It's done very well and it is a FANTASTIC game. By the way, the game sold around 600,000 copies to date on a single platform. That's very good. And it will go platinum.

TheSmitto
TheSmitto

That's great. I loved the first one. New blocks and online could make this a wonderful game!

jadefury27
jadefury27

the first one was a surprise. i look foward to the sequel.