age where game trailers are so in-depth as to come with their own making-of clips, BioWare seems determined to put the “tease” back
in “teaser.” Based on Internet feedback to the studio's
two-second clip at the Spike VGAs, it's trying to squeeze “oh dear
God exactly how much rampant speculation did you want us to do on
this damn thing” in there too. Currently leading the
informed-guesswork polls: a new Command and Conquer.
suggestion of Internet sleuths, CVG follows the breadcrumbs from the
LinkedIn profile of Valerie Nunez, a developer who listed her
employer as “Victory Games – BioWare.” (It's since been amended
to “Electronic Arts”). Victory was outed as the developer of a
new C&C earlier this year. No ties had been made between Victory
and BioWare until Nunez' LinkedIn joined the two, but BioWare's clip
does mention it's from “a new BioWare studio,” and Command and
Conquer sure does have army vehicles exploding in urban environments,
Above: A leaked trailer for Mercs Inc. Note the cursory resemblance. NOTE IT
possibility is Mercenaries relaunch Mercs Inc, under development at
EA Los Angeles. Stay with us here: the Mercenaries series was
launched by Pandemic, before that studio was shut down by parent
company EA. Pandemic refugees then founded Visceral, whose LA
division was known to be working with EA on future projects; however,
back when Visceral (then Pandemic, remember) was acquired by
Electronic Arts, the deal also included Visceral's partner studio,
BioWare. It's entirely possible that Visceral LA could be folded into
BioWare, in which case the “new BioWare studio” would be composed
of Visceral and EA LA staffers working on Mercs Inc. And Mercenaries
sure does have army vehicles exploding in urban environments, right?
maybe this is a whole new franchise about army-men blowing up tanks
in wartorn urban environments. What's important is that, until the
game's physically installing on your hard drive, all of us should never, ever stop
speculating wildly. Knowing is half the battle, but haphazard
guessing is the other, much more fun, half.
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