Though this has been a strong rumour for a couple of days, EA has finally admitted that EA Japan is closing.
“EA is consolidating its development teams in Japan. Game creation in Japan will continue under our EA Partners model, working with external Japanese developers. Japan-based development for the NDS – Theme ParkDS, Sim CityDS, DragonZakuraDS – will continue under EA Partners in collaboration with external developers. Each of these titles remains in our release plans. EA’s publishing team in Japan will continue to publish many of our popular franchises in that market.”
It’s a testament to the power of PR spin that the announcement sounds like EA are actually doing something positive here, something which employees of the company would no doubt disagree with. There’s no suggestion that the closure is connected to EA’s disappointnig sales of PS3 titles. I just like mentioning it. ;o)
Source: [next generation]