EA to Publish Velan Studios First Original IP for Consoles, PC, Smartphones - VGChartz
EA to Publish Velan Studios First Original IP for Consoles, PC, Smartphones

EA to Publish Velan Studios First Original IP for Consoles, PC, Smartphones - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 25 March 2019 / 954 Views

Electronic Arts announced it has partnered with independent studio Velan Studios to publish its upcoming first original IP for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC, and smartphones. 

Velan Studios was established in 2016 by industry veterans Guha and Karthik Bala, who helped grow their first company Vicarious Visions to AAA console developer.

"In EA Partners, we found a team devoted to bringing breakthrough ideas to players everywhere. They believe in our creative vision and will use their best-in-class resources to support the success of our game," said Guha Bala, President and Co-Founder, Velan Studios. "We started Velan Studios to make community-centered play experiences that are daring and distinctive from what’s being played today. We can’t wait to share the details of our first original game in the future."

"Exploring the boundaries of play with new technology and play patterns is what makes us tick," said Karthik Bala, CEO and Co-Founder of Velan Studios. "Our plan was always simple: build an awesome team, find the magic in something new that the team was passionate about and then enable their success. We are looking forward to introducing their vision and evolving it along with players for many years to come."

"Velan’s vision for this new game experience is very inspiring, and when we played it, we were immediately captured by how engaging and unexpectedly compelling it was," said Rob Letts, General Manager of EA Partners and EA Originals. "Helping discover pioneering talent with ground-breaking games the world needs to play is what we’re here to do, and we look forward to partnering with Velan to deliver an experience that will push the boundaries of original IP and innovation to engage players in new ways."

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Darwinianevolution (on 25 March 2019)

If I were Velan Studios, I'd be really careful around EA. They might not be interested in buying them (yet), but Electronic Arts has had quite a lot of failed projects, so I wouldn't be surprised if they are now searching for fresher studios to absorb. And we all know what happens afterwards...

Chazore (on 25 March 2019)

Aye. I remember when they "helped" Respawn in pubbing TF1 and 2, only to have Respawn weakened enough for EA to just outright buy them, then draining whatever value they have left before dumping them.

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Darwinianevolution (on 25 March 2019)

True, if it wasn't for Apex being a surprising hit, they would've probably end up dissolved. With Apex promising to last for years, they lucked out hard there.

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VAMatt (on 25 March 2019)

For many of these guys, the hope when starting a studio is to be successful enough that one of the big boys will buy you. These guys have already done that with Vicarious Visions, and are likely hoping it will happen again. That's where the big money is.

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