Electronic Arts has announced EA Worldwide studios and along with that announcement comes familiar faces in new roles. In the post made by chief executive officer Andrew Wilson, there is an emphasis on mobile experiences, mentioning that there are more devices for people to play games on.
“Our ability to blend our strengths to deliver amazing games across genres, geographies and platforms, in a networked environment, is central to our future success,” Wilson wrote.
The move means that Patrick Söderlund will be overseeing the changes made to EA Mobile and Maxis, he had served as the head of EA Studios for three years. This leaves former Sims head Samantha Ryan in charge of BioWare, where “her love for RPGs and experience with open-world adventure games is an outstanding fit to work with Aaryn Flynn and his great team.” She will be performing these duties while also leading the Mobile and Maxis team and reporting to Söderlund. Before the move to BioWare, Ryan was in charge of franchises like Plants vs. Zombies, Bejeweled, Real Racing and The Sims.
The statement ends with announcing that the Frostbite Engine team has moved and is now led by Ken Moss, who is the chief technology officer. Right now, the statement leaves things open about what could happen with future IP’s and mostly explains these moves as a way to get all their talent under one roof.