Publisher Electronic Arts has recently inked deals with three indie developers and plan distribute their titles through XBLA, PSN and PC. This comes off a fifteen consecutive quarter loss and a shift away from retail based sales. The hope is that going digital will obviously cut costs and spark growth in an up-and-coming distribution medium. To further this venture EA recently purchased social game developer Chillingo on top of their $300 million buyout of social game firm Playfish. Details of the indie titles are as follows:
- Dutch indie studio Vanguard Games will develop Gatling Gears for the publisher – set for release on XBLA, PSN and PC in spring 2011.
- Young upstart Over The Top Games will partner with Borne Games for the PSN and XBLA title Fancy Pants Adventures. An internal EA team, named EA 2D, will be helping with the project.
- Montreal-based indie Trapdoor has secured a deal with EA Partners to publish Warp on XBLA, PSN and PC. The game will launch summer 2011.
All studios seem optimistic of the deals and it’s great to see EA “giving back” in a way to the smaller guys. For more details, quotes and ads check out the full article over at Develop.