EA refutes Oddworld acquisition attempt, suggests Lithium for Lanning

EA essentially says that Lorne Lanning's story about EA trying to buy Oddworld is made up

In an interview published earlier today on GamesIndustry International, Oddworld Inhabitants founder Lorne Lanning stated that he was approached by Electronic Arts to buy his studio during the somewhat difficult development of Stranger's Wrath. EA, however, has now told us that this just didn't happen.

"When you say that to us we go 'f**k you very much', quite frankly. That's not a sustainable model, that's a hostile acquisition," Lanning said of EA's plan to acquire the team. "That's why we had to strive to get independent. Rather than get into bed with someone we knew was a horrible bed partner we said 'let's stay virgins for longer'."

Lanning also hinted at the idea that the money made on triple-A games at companies like EA is used to buy luxury cars and private jets, rather than for the investment in future projects.

Jeff Brown, corporate spokesman for EA, refutes everything Lanning said in the interview. "We wish Lorne luck on the game and recommend Lithium for the paranoia and Tourette Syndrome. Nobody here remembers a jet, a Ferrari or an offer to buy his company," he told us.

This is clearly a relationship that's still strained. Lanning, meanwhile, is just enjoying being 100 percent independent thanks to digital distribution. "On the micro-publisher level it's very simple. We fund our own products. We weren't able to do that in the boxed product days, we're only able to do that in the digital distribution landscape," he said.

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Paul Jace Merchandiser 4 years ago
I thought lithium was for batteries.
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Dave Knudson Sr. Technology Manager, Electronic Arts4 years ago
I think the last time I saw a Ferrari at EA was about 5 years ago, and it was on a trailer for a Need for Speed media event.
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Andrew Animator 4 years ago
In my experience indy developers spend just as much on Ferraris and Lamborghinis as anyone else.......
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Stewart Gilray Managing Director, Just Add Water4 years ago
hmmm I wonder who you're talking about Alex? ;-)

How are you old bean?
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Lewis Brown Snr Sourcer/Recruiter, Electronic Arts4 years ago
We had some Porsches at Gamescom for Need for Speed Most Wanted....but had to give them back.
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Andrew Animator 4 years ago
Hey Stewart, long time no speak. I can't complain :) Very much looking forward to the updated version of Abe's Oddysee!
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Stewart Gilray Managing Director, Just Add Water4 years ago
Cheers fella, and as some of my friends at R* North will tell you, I'm VERY much looking forward to GTA5 :)
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Ove Larsen4 years ago
Jeff Brown sounds like the kind of spokesman I'd place as far away from people as physically possible. Judging by a company the size of EA, assigning an internet warrior to speak on your behalf seems out of place.
Less kewl comebacks and more act your position as a professional representative.
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Greg Costikyan Senior Game Designer, Playdom4 years ago
Classy, EA.
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Zidaya Zenovka Blogger, Writer, freelance artist. 4 years ago
Wow...using mental health issues that affect millions of people just to insult someone. Sounds like both Just Add Water AND EA are keeping it classy. How about Just Add Water refrains from hearsay and stops claiming EA said things that can't be proven and EA stop using serious mental health issues as an insult, ok? Because right now, I see no reason to go back to supporting EA by buying their games and I certainly won't be buying anything from Just Add Water.

You know, you both could learn from Runic Games President, Travis Baldree and their CEO, Max Schaefer. They're both class acts through and through and could teach you both a lot about 'professionalism'.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Zidaya Zenovka on 2nd October 2012 9:38pm

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Roland Austinat roland austinat media productions|consulting, IDG, Computec, Spiegel Online4 years ago
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