BY TRILBY BERESFORD | HollywoodReporter.Com
The deal will see EA Sports grow the developer’s ‘Super Mega Baseball’ franchise as well as pursue new gaming and sports experiences.
Electronic Arts has acquired Canadian video game studio Metalhead Software, developer of the Super Mega Baseball franchise.
The acquisition, of which terms were not disclosed, will see EA Sports grow the franchise as well as develop new gaming and sports experiences.
“We’re all players of Super Mega Baseball, and we’ve long admired the work of the Metalhead team. It’s a unique and beloved franchise among sports gamers — the balance and depth of gameplay, and the unique style of the content, makes it super fun to play with friends. We look forward to supporting and investing in the team so they can continue to build out more amazing games that delight sports fans around the world,” said Cam Weber, EA Sports executive vp and general manager. “EA SPORTS continues to expand, and we’re deeply excited to create more unique and interactive experiences that blur the lines between sports and entertainment.”
Metalhead was founded by Scott Drader and Christian Zuger in 2009, and operates out of its headquarters in Victoria, British Columbia. “Our team has worked hard over the years to refine a formula that uniquely mixes an arcade style with deep on-field gameplay and innovative co-operative and competitive multiplayer experiences,” said Drader. “In this next chapter, we’re excited to leverage EA’s power and reach to bring our titles to a broader audience and to take some ambitious next steps in the development of our future titles.”
EA Sports, which is in a period of rapid expansion, includes FIFA, Madden NFL and PGA Tour, as well as live service offerings on PC and mobile devices.