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EA Closes Blueprint Studio, Shifts Development of Boom Blox 2

by Nick DiMola - November 19, 2008, 12:04 pm EST
Total comments: 3 Source: Variety

All corporate employees who worked in the studio have been laid off, quit, or moved to other projects.

The internal, lesser known studio, Blueprint of Electronic Arts has closed its doors for good due to the economic conditions of the United States. Blueprint was an internal team, whose existence was never publicly announced by EA, partially because of their purpose within the company.

According to founding member, Neil Young, the studio was involved with changing the process of how EA Studios makes games, and with "fresh new properties that could span multiple forms of media". Part of the process involved tight integration with all involved members whether they were physically together or not. In order to reduce cost, the team leveraged modern technology to bind the distributed members, thus eliminating the need to have everyone on site in order to accomplish a goal.

Boom Blox was a product of Blueprint's efforts, and unsurprisingly Boom Blox 2, the unannounced sequel was going to be as well. Fortunately the project has been moved to another studio within EA, and is being made under the same methodology.

Armature, the company formed by ex-Retro Studio members, was also going to be an integrated member of Blueprint before Electronic Arts made the move to disband the internal studio.


MarioNovember 20, 2008

BOOM BLOX 2 CAN'T WAIT! Hope it has that 3d headtracking mode this time! :O

Using MotionPlus it could be a very good advancement.

DAaaMan64November 20, 2008

I'm excited too! But no more shooting galleries in the main game plz.

Hopefully they'll actually market Boom Blox 2.

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