EA Vancouver

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EA Vancouver
Division of Electronic Arts
IndustryVideo games
PredecessorDistinctive Software Inc.
FoundedJanuary 1983; 37 years ago (1983-01) (as Distinctive Software Inc.)
1991; 29 years ago (1991) (as EA Canada)
Headquarters,
Canada
ProductsNHL series (1991–present)
FIFA series (1993–present)
SSX series (2000–2012)
NFS series (1994–2000, see EA Black Box)
Skate series (2007–2010, see EA Black Box)
Number of employees
1,300
ParentElectronic Arts (1991–present)

EA Vancouver (also known as EA Burnaby and formerly known as EA Canada) is a video game developer located in Burnaby, British Columbia. The development studio opened as Distinctive Software in January 1983, and is also Electronic Arts's largest and oldest studio. EA Canada employs approximately 1,300 people, and houses the world's largest video game test operation.[1]

Premises[edit]

The campus consists of a motion-capture studio, twenty-two rooms for composing, fourteen video editing suites, three production studios, a wing for audio compositions, and a quality assurance department. There are also facilities such as fitness rooms, two theatres, a cafeteria, coffee bars, a soccer field, and several arcades. The building is situated next to Discovery Park.

History[edit]

EA Vancouver is a major studio of the American gaming software giant Electronic Arts (EA) which has many studios around the globe. EA, based in Redwood City, California, had acquired Distinctive Software in 1991 for $11 million and renamed Distinctive Software to EA Canada. At the time of the business acquisition, Distinctive Software was noted for developing a number of racing and sporting games published under the Accolade brand. Since becoming EA Canada, EA Canada has developed many EA Games, EA Sports, and EA Sports BIG games.

EA acquired Black Box Games in 2002 and Black Box Games became part of EA Canada under the name of EA Black Box. EA Black Box later became an independent EA studio in 2005. Since its acquisition, EA Black Box became home of the Need for Speed franchise, and many others.

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Platform(s)
2011 Battlefield 3 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
FIFA 12 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Fight Night Champion PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
NBA Jam: On Fire Edition
NHL 12
2012 FIFA 13 Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360
FIFA Street PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Grand Slam Tennis 2
NHL 13
SSX
UEFA Euro 2012 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
2013 FIFA 14 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
NHL 14 PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
2014 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
EA Sports UFC PlayStation 4, Xbox One
FIFA 15 Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One
NHL 15 PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
2015 EA Sports UFC Android, iOS
FIFA 16 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
NHL 16 PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
2016 EA Sports UFC 2 PlayStation 4, Xbox One
FIFA 17 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
FIFA Mobile Android, iOS, Windows Apps, Windows Phone
NHL 17 PlayStation 4, Xbox One
2017 FIFA 18 Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
NHL 18 PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Star Wars Battlefront II Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
2018 EA Sports UFC 3 PlayStation 4, Xbox One
FIFA 19 Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
NHL 19 PlayStation 4, Xbox One
2019 FIFA 20 Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
NHL 20 PlayStation 4, Xbox One
2020 EA Sports UFC 4 PlayStation 4, Xbox One
FIFA 21 Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, Stadia
NHL 21 PlayStation 4, Xbox One

EA Graphics Library[edit]

EA Graphics Library or EAGL is a game engine which was created and developed by EA Canada. It is the main engine used in some of EA's games, notably the Need for Speed series, and was also used in a few sports titles from EA Sports.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 and Need for Speed: Underground used the first version of the EAGL engine, (EAGL 1) Need for Speed: Underground 2 uses EAGL 2, Need for Speed: Most Wanted and Need for Speed: Carbon uses EAGL 3, Need for Speed: ProStreet and Need for Speed Undercover uses EAGL 4; Need for Speed Undercover uses a modified version of EAGL 4 and combines it with the Heroic Driving Engine.

Need for Speed: World uses a modified EAGL 3 engine with the physics of the earlier games with an external GUI programmed in Adobe Flash.

During the development for Need for Speed: The Run, EA Black Box dropped its custom engine and adopted Frostbite 2 engine.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Electronic Arts". EA. 2013-05-09. Archived from the original on 2013-06-22.
  2. ^ Yossarian King (December 19, 2011). "Opinion: Why On Earth Would We Write Our Own Game Engine?". Gamasutra. Retrieved September 26, 2019.

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