Ian Bell, Slightly Mad Studios‘ CEO didn’t hold back any punches about the publisher.
Yesterday, we already wrote about how the team might be working on a Fast and Furious game, going by Bell’s comments. The CEO now talked about their past, especially about their work for Electronic Arts. [The comment is heard at 6:14:08 in the video below.]
„We made a game called Need for Speed: Shift, we made a game called Shift 2 and EA came to me and said <<We’ll give you 1.5 million if you agree not to talk to any other publisher, to agree any other games or work on any other arrangement with any other publisher. And we’ll give you 1.5 million, and we’ll sign Shift 3>>. So I said OK. That sounds like a good deal. I took the 1.5 million; I paid the guys, lots of bonuses, and two weeks before we were due to start Shift 3 it was canceled. With no warning. They said: “We are not doing that anymore.””
Wow, that sounds brutal, but Bell had more to say: „We were in trouble, we had nothing left. We were done. They literally destroyed our company. They tried to kill us; they tried to steal our technology as well. They tried to f*ck us over; there is no other way to put it. That’s what they tried to do. And we have no love for EA and this company.”
Woah. They did bounce back with Project CARS and its sequel, though. If they indeed end up working on a Fast And Furious game, they might use it as a way to have their revenge on Electronic Arts, who – if they canceled Shift 3 as Bell said – looks like a somewhat unfair company…