We’ve long speculated that Electronic Arts maintains a tank division to crush freedom of thought, and now their President of Labels, Frank Gibeau, has confirmed it — by denying it outright.
Speaking to Kotaku about the conspiracy theory that EA were somehow responsible for what fans disliked about Dragon Age II and the ending of Mass Effect 3, Frank Gibeau flatly denied the existence of any dissident-crushing armoured force at EA.
“The truth is BioWare has developed as BioWare and that creative culture is owned by them,” shouted Gibeau over the roar of a tank as he rolled by the microphone on the way up to Canada for an “unscheduled studio visit”.
“There’s nobody in the central planning committee at Electronic Arts that rolls in the tank divisions [into our studios] when they get too independent or too risky or too thoughtful,” Gibeau confirmed as his own personal, customised tank moved into the compound, flattening a car. “Did EA intervene and say, ‘Hey Casey (Hudson, executive director on ME3), you’ve got a really interesting ending here, you’re probably going to cause some fans to get upset?” Gibeau asked rhetorically.
“No, we didn’t do that. Casey is an artist. He made a choice about the story that he [and the team] wanted to tell as related to Mass Effect 3. And we didn’t intervene.”
Gibeau could not be reached for further comment due to what EA’s spokespeople are calling “an explosive studio realignment process”.