Or, EA murders another development house
Bullfrog, Maxis, Origin, Criterion and now Mythic... RIP.
During its period of fastest growth, EA was often criticized for buying smaller development studios primarily for their intellectual property assets, and then producing drastically changed games of their franchises. For example, Origin-produced Ultima VIII: Pagan and Ultima IX: Ascension were developed quickly under EA's ownership, over the protests of Ultima creator Richard Garriott...
EA 2009. Sims3, lazily coded, dumbed down, missing Maxis humour of item descriptions, fewer items, though many more for sale on EAs store (apparently, if you buy all the Sims3 download items, like hair styles, furniture etc, it'll cost you about £275 ish).
And don't even get me started on how they've run Need for Speed into the ground.
I give Bioware two years max before their founders disappear and the name vanishes into EA corporate whoredom.
Ooh, new icons, thanks el reg.