EA in Talks to Secure Portal 2 Publishing Rights

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EA in Talks to Secure Portal 2 Publishing Rights

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EA Partners boss David DeMartini says that Valve is an "excellent partner" and hopes to be able to work with it on Portal 2.

Pop quiz time: who's publishing Portal 2? What's that, you're not sure? Well don't worry about it too much; it was pretty much a trick question. As yet, no publisher has been announced for the game, but EA is in talks with the developer and is hoping that its previous relationship with Valve might tip the scales in its favor.

EA Partners boss David DeMartini said that Valve was a very high-quality partner and demanded excellence from anyone it worked with. He said that you couldn't take a relationship with Valve for granted and that you had to earn its business each and every time. DeMartini was optimistic that EA's close relationship with the studio - it has published a number of Valve games in the past, including the Orange Box, and has links via Steam and through distribution ties - would give it an advantage.

"I don't have anything signed in blood yet. I'm certainly working on it," he said. "They're a great partner and just a great studio. Clearly one of the best in the world. They just know what they're doing. They know what consumers want."

It's hardly surprising that EA wants to publish Portal 2, as it's almost certainly going to be one of the biggest games of 2011, but it's interesting to learn that there's no standing agreement between the two companies. Portal 2 will be released on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on February 9th, 2011.

Source: Eurogamer

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Why can't Valve publish it them selfs

Didn't they for Half-life, Team Fortress etc.

sephiroth1991:
Why can't Valve publish it them selfs

Didn't they for Half-life, Team Fortress etc.

They do for the PC, through Steam, but I'm guessing since Portal 2 is a larger project they want, or EA hopes they want, outside support for publishing on PS3 and Xbox.

sephiroth1991:
Why can't Valve publish it them selfs

Didn't they for Half-life, Team Fortress etc.

Not the console versions, they don't have the infrastructure to do that and a traditional publisher is more desireable with the 360/PS3 versions.

sephiroth1991:
Why can't Valve publish it them selfs

Didn't they for Half-life, Team Fortress etc.

Nope, Half Life was published by Sierra and then EA, Half Life 2 as well, first Sierra and then Valve. You are right though concerning TF2 and the Orange Box, they published it themselves, but EA took care of the Distribution in retail. And that's probably what this is about - distribution in retail. And I can understand Valve - muss less stress for a bit of revenue gone to EA.

Even though I have nothing against EA, with them cleaning up their act (mostly). I can confidently say STAY AWAY FROM MY BABY AND GO BACK TO YOUR VAN.

EDIT: Well if you really must EA, take the 360 and PS3, I never cared for those kids anyways. But the PC child stays with me.

Wilson Driesens:

sephiroth1991:
Why can't Valve publish it them selfs

Didn't they for Half-life, Team Fortress etc.

They do for the PC, through Steam, but I'm guessing since Portal 2 is a larger project they want, or EA hopes they want, outside support for publishing on PS3 and Xbox.

Scrumpmonkey:

sephiroth1991:
Why can't Valve publish it them selfs

Didn't they for Half-life, Team Fortress etc.

Not the console versions, they don't have the infrastructure to do that and a traditional publisher is more desireable with the 360/PS3 versions.

Femaref:

sephiroth1991:
Why can't Valve publish it them selfs

Didn't they for Half-life, Team Fortress etc.

Nope, Half Life was published by Sierra and then EA, Half Life 2 as well, first Sierra and then Valve. You are right though concerning TF2 and the Orange Box, they published it themselves, but EA took care of the Distribution in retail. And that's probably what this is about - distribution in retail. And I can understand Valve - muss less stress for a bit of revenue gone to EA.

Intresting, well i guess EA isn't that bad, if they just want to distribute it.

Portal 2 releases February 9, 2011. There will also be cake and grief counseling on the same date.

EA knows hard copy and boxes and retail stores. Valve knows "click this and wait for goodness to fill your hard drive like so much sweet, delicious candy." It's a match made in the Aperture Science Enrichment Center.

May I be the first to...

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Lets just hope all EA do is publish the game and in no way filter or alter the genius of valve

but it's interesting to learn that there's no standing agreement between the two companies.

I suspect that after the lackluster job EA did with the PS3 Orange box Valve have been much, much more exacting in their negotiations.

Not having any kind of guarantee strikes me as good business sense for Valve, one of their games is pretty much a certain hit, so they can go to any publisher they want, assuming they go to a publisher at all.
EA will be aware of that, so there's plenty of incentive for them to do their job properly.

nelsonr100:
Lets just hope all EA do is publish the game and in no way filter or alter the genius of valve

EA also distributed the Xbox versions of Left 4 Dead/2, it's not as if this is a new thing.

EA, if you are reading this... Please don't! The PS3 Orange box was botched together, and the PS3/Steam collaboration is actually really important. I don't want this to suck!

He said that you couldn't take a relationship with Valve for granted and that you had to earn its business each and every time

I like this line.

And while I agree that I would preferably see Valve handling it all on their Awesome lonesome, EA is the only publisher I can think of that seems to have the potential to be allowed to buddy up with Valve.

At that note, Valve still needs to marry me.

Prepare to pay for Portal, plus an extra chunk of money to let anyone else see you playing Portal.

I hate EA. I really do.

nelsonr100:
*Snip*

Remember, EA are the good guys now with the development of unique IPS such as Mirrors Edge and the fun advertising with Dantes Inferno.

Why are people getting upset?
EA has been publishing retail copies of Valve's games since Valve broke up with Sierra. Valve works on their own and publish their own games through Steam without problem, but someone needs to make sure that there's physical copies around to buy, and that is EA's job, and nothing more. It's not like EA is going to have a SWAT team break into Valve's offices, shoot Gabe Newell, and declare Portal 2 to be developed by EA.

nelsonr100:
May I be the first to...

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Lets just hope all EA do is publish the game and in no way filter or alter the genius of valve

... nearly everything by Valve has been published by EA...

I was pretty sure Valve would be be publishing it for themselves, what with some form of steamworks going with into the PS3. They certainly don't need a publisher on PC. All I can think is EA could lend a hand with the somewhat abused Xbox 360 version, which seems to be getting the raw end of the deal this time.

When he said that he didn't have anything "signed in blood", that was literally. Everyone knows that EA signs things in blood and has pacts with the Devil. At least it's not as bad as Activision requiring the first born son of everyone on the production team. To be honest, it's probably a good thing if EA publish Portal 2. They have helped get some great games out there in the past. My only real concern is how their new MASSIVE logo will affect the box art....

Even though I know this is just business, and I am writing this from a business college, I can't help but feel that there is something sinister and perverted at work here.

nelsonr100:
May I be the first to...

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Lets just hope all EA do is publish the game and in no way filter or alter the genius of valve

This has my full support. As long as they don't alter it. SO far, I have yet to see a game that hasn't made me hate them with the EA logo attached

Meh. I'll just get my copy off of Steam.

I'm facepalming rather hard now at all the panic reactions.

Valve makes a game. But they don't have the giant printing factories or physical distribution networks. EA has those. EA is in no way going to alter anything, they are just the middleman to help get the copies into retail stores. They distributed a lot of Valve's game.

fix-the-spade:

nelsonr100:
Lets just hope all EA do is publish the game and in no way filter or alter the genius of valve

EA also distributed the Xbox versions of Left 4 Dead/2, it's not as if this is a new thing.

Plinglebob:

nelsonr100:
*Snip*

Remember, EA are the good guys now with the development of unique IPS such as Mirrors Edge and the fun advertising with Dantes Inferno.

Maybe my initial reaction was a bit far, I still worry about the EA of old which absorbed and destroyed a lot of companies and games I liked. I play valve stuff on the PC so I didn't realise they had published all of valve's stuff so far.

And as I said, so long as they simply publish it and don't change anything then I have no issue!

nelsonr100:

fix-the-spade:

nelsonr100:
Lets just hope all EA do is publish the game and in no way filter or alter the genius of valve

EA also distributed the Xbox versions of Left 4 Dead/2, it's not as if this is a new thing.

Plinglebob:

nelsonr100:
*Snip*

Remember, EA are the good guys now with the development of unique IPS such as Mirrors Edge and the fun advertising with Dantes Inferno.

Maybe my initial reaction was a bit far, I still worry about the EA of old which absorbed and destroyed a lot of companies and games I liked. I play valve stuff on the PC so I didn't realise they had published all of valve's stuff so far.

And as I said, so long as they simply publish it and don't change anything then I have no issue!

As a massive Westwood/Bullfrog fan I feel your pain, but Valve have more then enough weight to throw around to avoid this happening again (thankfully).

Plinglebob:

nelsonr100:

fix-the-spade:

nelsonr100:
Lets just hope all EA do is publish the game and in no way filter or alter the genius of valve

EA also distributed the Xbox versions of Left 4 Dead/2, it's not as if this is a new thing.

[quote="Plinglebob" post="7.227576.7826960"][quote="nelsonr100" post="7.227576.7826896"]*Snip*

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As a massive Westwood/Bullfrog fan I feel your pain, but Valve have more then enough weight to throw around to avoid this happening again (thankfully).

Oh C&C of old and theme hospital....where for art thou!! :'(

(But I loved Red Alert 3, you're allowed one EA!)

Basically, EA's handled every hard copy of every Valve game since at least The Orange Box, and presumably the later pressings of Half Life 2 and the (increasingly redundant due to updates) Counter Strike Source collection. Point is, EA has a long history with Valve and excluding the PS3 version of the Orange Box, they haven't screwed up.

as far as i knoe EA is one of the better one's, just don't go Activision!

Dammit - Double Post, internet fail :(

In other news. Portal 2 has been divided up into 7 different parts and will be sold to you separately at near-full price for each part over the next 2 years.

Pinstar:
In other news. Portal 2 has been divided up into 7 different parts and will be sold to you separately at near-full price for each part over the next 2 years.

That's Activision, not EA.

nelsonr100:
May I be the first to...

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Lets just hope all EA do is publish the game and in no way filter or alter the genius of valve

It's EA Partners: they just put up the money to put it in shops. Like they said, they've worked with Valve before to distribute the retail copies, and even if EA owned Valve I doubt they'd interfere with them. They own BioWare after all.

It could have been worse, Activision could have turned it into another guitar hero clone. I can't say that I've ever paid much attention to who published Valves games, I always figured they did it themselves somehow.

If people dont like EA and people dont like Activision, what publishers do these people like?

Anyway, as said before, EA will just handle the disc copies getting sent out for people who want to buy it on consoles. Just like they did with almost every other Valve game that went to a console...

nelsonr100:
May I be the first to...

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Lets just hope all EA do is publish the game and in no way filter or alter the genius of valve

It can't be that bad seeing as how they published L4D2 and that turned out all right.

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