Speaking at QuakeCon today, John Carmack insisted that the decision to publish post-apocalyptic shooter Rage with EA instead of Activision was borne largely from Valve’s expereience using EA as a partner and nothing to do with a soured relationship with Activision.
The way we did it with Rage is, we’ve actually gone out and shopped the title three times. It’s nice to know that we have the position where publishers will say, sight unseen, we’ll give you this many million dollars. And so we said okay, we’ll think about it. We’re in a nice position where we can fund our own game development.
If we had signed a deal before we did the reboot from Darkness, that would have been really traumatic for the publisher.
Just recently we did the third round.. and said okay, everybody make your final offer. In addition to Activision and EA, we talked to THQ and Sega. There were pros and cons to every publisher.. In the end it came down to the heavy weights, Activision and EA.
Valve speaks very highly of their relationship with EA Partners, and that was very important to us.
We have Riccitiello in from EA, and he was making cogent game comments about the game, comparing it to other things, design level things, and that was kind of interesting to see, a CEO at that level really does care about the specifics of the game. But again, there’s every chance in the world we’ll end up with Activision for Doom.
So now you know.