EA’s EA2D Studio is now ‘BioWare San Francisco’! Electronic Arts made the announcement to Gamasutra confirming that it is now a division of BioWare and confirmed the new name. EA2D Studio was originally founded as a small browser-based site designed for casual titles. Its goal was to create high-quality social games that allowed devoted gamers to connect over different platforms, which include but are not limited to, playing online and on mobile devices.
EA2D studio is known for creating “Mirror’s Edge 2D” and the prominent “Dragon Age Legends”, in which Soren Johnson (Former Civilization series lead designer) helped EA2D studio design. They’re also responsible for developing the tactical game “RPG Dragon Age Journeys” and the platformer game “The Fancy Pants Adventures”, which was ported to both the “Xbox Live Arcade” and then to the “PlayStation Network”.
This big move comes after some changes took place at the studio and executive level. Peter Moore, who was the EA Sports president, was promoted to EA COO and Frank Gibeau took over the EA Labels superdivision that was recently created.
This change makes San Francisco the sixth location for BioWare that operates under the parent Electronic Arts Company. The others are Montreal, Fairfax Virginia (BioWare Mythic), Austin, Edmonton and Galway, Ireland, which is a customer service office.
John Riccitiello, the CEO of Electronic Arts had a comment to share about the changes that was made. He was quoted saying, “We’re focusing on building our intellectual properties/franchises into year-round business” and “We’ve established our own platform, Origin, and we continue to grow our digital business.” What this move has in store for EA2D Studio or as it is now known, BioWare San Francisco, remains to be seen.