EA Black Box

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EA Black Box
Formerly
Black Box Games (1998–2002)
Quicklime Games (2010)
Subsidiary
IndustryVideo games
FateMerged into EA Canada in 2009, closed in 2013
Founded1998; 22 years ago (1998)
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
DefunctApril 2013 (2013-04)
Headquarters
Burnaby, British Columbia
,
Canada
ProductsNeed for Speed series
Skate series
ParentElectronic Arts
(2002–2013)
Websitewww.eablackbox.com

EA Black Box (formerly Black Box Games)[1] was a video game developer based in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, founded in 1998 by former employees of Radical Entertainment and later acquired by Electronic Arts (EA). The developers are primarily known for the Need for Speed and Skate series. It was renamed Quicklime Games during the development of Need for Speed: World, but after a series of restructures it was shut down in April 2013.[2]

History[edit]

Black Box Games had previously developed for game publishers such as Sega, Midway Games, and EA. In June 2002, during the development of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2, the firm was acquired by EA and became an entirely owned subsidiary of EA Canada.[1][3] As a result of the acquisition the studio's name was changed to EA Black Box. In March 2003, the firm lacked space for their current projects and as a solution the top four floors of an office tower in downtown Vancouver were used for expansion. In March 2005, EA Black Box became an independent studio from EA Canada,[4] but still owned by EA.[citation needed]

On December 19, 2008, EA announced that it would be shutting down EA Black Box's Vancouver studio location and relocating operations to EA Canada's Burnaby facilities, as part of EA's worldwide consolidation plans. Officials stressed that EA Black Box would remain open, and said they expected the move to be completed by June 2009. The studio remained a part of the EA Games label, and was independent of the EA Sports studio also located within the Burnaby facility.[5]

In February 2012, EA confirmed a number off lay-offs at EA Canada and EA Black Box, and that they were transforming the studios towards "high-growth digital formats, including online, social gaming and free-to-play". EA declined to comment on whether EA Black Box's brand would remain.[6]

In July 2012, EA Black Box was renamed Quicklime Games during the development of PC game Need for Speed: World,[7] under which name it operated until its closure in April 2013.[8]

Responsibility for the Need for Speed franchise has been taken over by Ghost Games.[9]

The former employees of EA Black Box have spread around other game developers making racing games such as Ubisoft's The Crew and Slightly Mad Studios' World of Speed.

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Platform(s) Notes
As Black Box Games
2000 NASCAR 2001 PlayStation
PlayStation 2
NHL 2K Dreamcast
2001 NHL Hitz 20-02 GameCube
PlayStation 2
Xbox
2002 Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 PlayStation 2
NHL Hitz 20-03 GameCube
PlayStation 2
Xbox
Sega Soccer Slam GameCube
PlayStation 2
Xbox
As EA Black Box
2003 Need for Speed: Underground GameCube
Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 2
Xbox
NHL 2004 GameCube
Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 2
Xbox
2004 Need for Speed: Underground 2 GameCube
Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 2
Xbox
NHL 2005 GameCube
Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 2
Xbox
2005 Need for Speed: Most Wanted GameCube
Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 2
Xbox
Xbox 360
2006 Need for Speed: Carbon GameCube
Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 2
PlayStation 3
Wii
Xbox
Xbox 360
Need for Speed: Carbon - Own the City PlayStation Portable Assisted Team Fusion
2007 NBA Street Homecourt PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
Need for Speed: ProStreet Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 2
PlayStation 3
Wii
Xbox 360
Skate PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
2008 Need for Speed: Undercover Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
Skate It Nintendo DS Assisted Exient Entertainment
Wii
2009 Need for Speed: Shift Microsoft Windows Assisted Slightly Mad Studios
PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
Skate 2 PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
2010 Need for Speed: World Microsoft Windows
Skate 3 PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
2011 Battlefield 3 Microsoft Windows Assisted DICE
PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
Need for Speed: The Run Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
As EA Jawbreaker
2015 Battlefield Hardline Microsoft Windows Assisted Visceral Games
PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
Xbox 360
Xbox One

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Walker, Trey (2002-06-11). "EA to buy Black Box". GameSpot. Retrieved 2012-06-27.
  2. ^ "EA's Instagram Page Is Flooded With Fans Demanding Skate 4". GAMING. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  3. ^ "Investment Canada Act, ARCHIVED — September 2002". Industry Canada (Gov). 2002-09-15. Retrieved 2013-10-23.
  4. ^ Remo, Chris. "Report: EA Black Box Lays Off Majority of Staff". www.gamasutra.com. Retrieved 2020-08-04.
  5. ^ Tor Thorsen (2008-12-19). "EA layoffs hit 1,000, Black Box 'consolidated' Near the end of the development of Undercover, two people from Black Box died, Inderjeet Johal and Martin Sikes. This probably reflected on the development of The Run (along with only having 10% of their staff remaining)". GameSpot. Retrieved 2013-10-23.
  6. ^ Fred Dutton (2012-02-03). "Redundancies confirmed at EA Canada". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2013-10-23.
  7. ^ "EA closing Vancouver studios PopCap and Quicklime in latest round of layoffs: report". Financial Post. 2013-04-25. Retrieved 2015-03-04.
  8. ^ Mike Futter (2013-04-25). "EA Partners, Other Divisions Facing Closure". Game Informer. Archived from the original on 2013-10-17. Retrieved 2013-10-16.
  9. ^ David Scammell (2013-08-29). "Ghost takes control of the Need For Speed brand". VideoGamer. Retrieved 2013-10-25.

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