In an exchange which has already reached near-nuclear heat, EA has hotly denied any attempt to purchase Oddworld Inhabitants.
Speaking to GamesIndustry, EA spokesperson Jeff Brown denied everything Oddworld founder Lorne Lanning had told the site in an earlier interview, including the acquisition attempt.
“We wish Lorne luck on the game and recommend Lithium for the paranoia and Tourette Syndrome. Nobody here remembers a jet, a Ferrari or an offer to buy his company,” Brown said, an unusually firey corporate response.
Lanning had said that EA tried to buy Oddworld Inhabitants during the development of Stranger’s Wrath in the early 2000′s.
“When you say that to us we go ‘fuck you very much’, quite frankly. That’s not a sustainable model, that’s a hostile acquisition,” Lanning said.
“That’s why we had to strive to get independent. Rather than get into bed with someone we knew was a horrible bed partner we said ‘let’s stay virgins for longer.’”
Elsewhere in the interview, Lanning implied that larger games companies pour their funds into fripperies, and promised never to use profits for anything but continuing to make games.
This is better than the soaps, right?