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Spore designer offers post-mortem on project, team was essentially making five games at once

Spore designer Soren Johnson has reflected on the game’s five-year anniversary over on his blog. The post discusses what went wrong with the game, and how its lofty ambitions perhaps grew too vast for the team. It’s an interesting reflection on the polarising strategy game.

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Spore headlines

  • Origin offering Mass Effect, Dead Space for £3, Bulletstorm for £7.50

    EA’s sounded the bargin siren, pricing the original Mass Effect and Dead Space for £3 on Origin, while its sequels are £10 and £7 respectively. Dragon Age 2 and Mirror’s Edge are also in on the deal at a fiver a pop, while Spore’s available for £6 and Bulletstorm at £7.50. The deal’s available for […]

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  • Darkspore trailer shows loads of gameplay footage

    EA has released a new trailer for Darkspore full of gameplay footage. It’s below the break.

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  • EA Maxis to reveal Spore RPG at Comic Con on July 24

    Organizers of San Diego Comic Con updated the event’s website today with panel information for Saturday, July 24. Interestingly enough, one of the panels will reveal the new game in the Spore series.

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  • EA trademarks Darkspore

    Another day, another gaming trademark filed. This time, it’s EA and the trademarks filed are for something called Darkspore.

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  • Spore coming to consoles

    EA confirmed in its Q3 FY10 financial release Spore will be coming to the consoles in Q4 FY ’11, which means it’ll be out between January-March next year.

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  • Dr Pepper teams up with EA to hand out gaming codes

    EA and Dr Pepper are teaming up to offer people gaming codes for chugging the popular soft drink.

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  • EA and Fox working on Spore CG-animated film

    Twentieth Century Fox plans to make a CG-animated movie based on EA’s Spore, according to a Variety report. Ice Age’s Chris Wedge is set to direct, and scriptwriters Greg Erb and Jason Oremland are on board as well. Blue Sky Studios (Ice Age, Robots) will handle the CG bit, while EA’s Patrick O’Brien and Maxis’ […]

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  • EA confirms round of layoffs at Maxis

    EA has confirmed that it has laid-off staff members at Sims and Spore developer EA Maxis. “Often in the video game industry, the size of a studio fluctuates in response to business conditions,” read an official statement. “In this case, EA has taken action to reduce the workforce at Maxis as we focus the business […]

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  • Spore: Galactic Adventures to have Robot Chicken DLC

    EA has announced that Spore: Galactic Adventures will have downloadable content made available from the wacky Robot Chicken folks. The content will contain everything from angry yetis, exploding poo, librarians with rulers, and who knows what else from the demented minds of co-creators Seth Green and Matt Senreich. “We’re big fans of Spore, so teaming […]

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  • Spore sells 2 million copies

    Spore has sold more than 2 million units, EA just confirmed as part of its full-year financials. The Maxis game was tipped as a driver in a year that saw revenue grow 15 percent to to $4.2 billion. Spore has now seen more than 100 million creatures created for the game. While Maxis may be […]

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  • Spore hits 100 million creations

    More than 100 million creations have now been made in Spore, SporeIllustrated reports. The milestone was hit yesterday at around 5:10pm EST. Give or take a minute or two. Mental. Have you killed more people than the entire population of planet earth, though, Mr Spore? We don’t think so.

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  • Wil Wright still involved in the Spore franchise, is now an EA consultant

    Will Wright has confirmed to GameDaily that his involvement with Spore is ongoing, despite leaving EA. When asked if he had plans to revisit his hold franchises, he said he has entered into a consulting agreement with the publisher. “I don’t think it was widely reported, but alongside this whole [Stupid Fun Club] thing, I […]

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  • US PC charts, February 1-7

    Blizzard leads the US PC charts this week, which makes a nice change. Steam and Direct2Drive results are included this time, in case you’re interested. NPD Sales Charts February 1-7 World Of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King The Sims 2 Double Deluxe Spore World Of Warcraft Battle Chest Fallout 3 World Of Warcraft Left […]

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  • Four new Spore titles announced

    EA has announced four new Spore titles EA – two for the DS and one for the Wii, and the new PC expansion – to be launched this year. Spore Creature Keeper (DS) should be here in the summer and appears to be aimed at a younger audience. The next DS title, “Spore Hero Arena” […]

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  • Spore 360/PS3 would have to have the "right design" to be considered, says EA

    Spore senior producer Morgan Roarty has told CVG that in order for a console version of Spore to be considered the design would first have to be in place. “I think first and foremost we’d have to have the right design,” said Roarty. “The obvious out of the box thinking would be to port the […]

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  • NYT names Spore as 2008's "best disappointment"

    In a feature titled, “The Zombies Look Better Every Year,” the New York Times has named Spore as its biggest disappointment for 2008. “If Electronic Arts has learned anything from its experience with Spore, it ought to be that a software company should just let its games do the talking, rather than relentlessly hyping a […]

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  • Top-line EA roster hits Steam

    Following a pretty conclusive rumour that Spore was about to go live on Steam earlier this week, Valve’s just confirmed that Wright’s latest, the Creepy & Cute add-on, WAR, Mass Effect, NfS Undercover and FIFA Manager 2009 are now all available on the download service. Mirror’s Edge, Red Alert 3 and Dead Space are all […]

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  • Spore for Steam?

    Simply, probably. A license agreement‘s been pointed out to us by reader Chris, featuring the word “Spore” and being hosted on Steampowered.com. No official announcement’s been made on this as yet, but it would be fairly astonishing if it were bollocks.

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  • Will Wright working on new project

    Will Wright’s confirmed to Joystiq that he’s already working on a brand new game. “I’m working on a big new project that I’m very excited about, but I don’t want to talk about it yet because if it takes three years to come out I don’t want people saying ‘Wow, he’s been talking about that […]

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Spore Latest

  • Spore designer offers post-mortem on project, team was essentially making five games at once

    Spore designer Soren Johnson has reflected on the game’s five-year anniversary over on his blog. The post discusses what went wrong with the game, and how its lofty ambitions perhaps grew too vast for the team. It’s an interesting reflection on the polarising strategy game.

  • Origin offering Mass Effect, Dead Space for £3, Bulletstorm for £7.50

    EA’s sounded the bargin siren, pricing the original Mass Effect and Dead Space for £3 on Origin, while its sequels are £10 and £7 respectively. Dragon Age 2 and Mirror’s Edge are also in on the deal at a fiver a pop, while Spore’s available for £6 and Bulletstorm at £7.50. The deal’s available for […]

  • Darkspore trailer shows loads of gameplay footage

    EA has released a new trailer for Darkspore full of gameplay footage. It’s below the break.

  • EA Maxis to reveal Spore RPG at Comic Con on July 24

    Organizers of San Diego Comic Con updated the event’s website today with panel information for Saturday, July 24. Interestingly enough, one of the panels will reveal the new game in the Spore series.

  • EA trademarks Darkspore

    Another day, another gaming trademark filed. This time, it’s EA and the trademarks filed are for something called Darkspore.

  • Spore coming to consoles

    EA confirmed in its Q3 FY10 financial release Spore will be coming to the consoles in Q4 FY ’11, which means it’ll be out between January-March next year.

  • Dr Pepper teams up with EA to hand out gaming codes

    EA and Dr Pepper are teaming up to offer people gaming codes for chugging the popular soft drink.

  • EA and Fox working on Spore CG-animated film

    Twentieth Century Fox plans to make a CG-animated movie based on EA’s Spore, according to a Variety report. Ice Age’s Chris Wedge is set to direct, and scriptwriters Greg Erb and Jason Oremland are on board as well. Blue Sky Studios (Ice Age, Robots) will handle the CG bit, while EA’s Patrick O’Brien and Maxis’ […]

  • EA confirms round of layoffs at Maxis

    EA has confirmed that it has laid-off staff members at Sims and Spore developer EA Maxis. “Often in the video game industry, the size of a studio fluctuates in response to business conditions,” read an official statement. “In this case, EA has taken action to reduce the workforce at Maxis as we focus the business […]

  • Spore: Galactic Adventures to have Robot Chicken DLC

    EA has announced that Spore: Galactic Adventures will have downloadable content made available from the wacky Robot Chicken folks. The content will contain everything from angry yetis, exploding poo, librarians with rulers, and who knows what else from the demented minds of co-creators Seth Green and Matt Senreich. “We’re big fans of Spore, so teaming […]

  • Spore sells 2 million copies

    Spore has sold more than 2 million units, EA just confirmed as part of its full-year financials. The Maxis game was tipped as a driver in a year that saw revenue grow 15 percent to to $4.2 billion. Spore has now seen more than 100 million creatures created for the game. While Maxis may be […]

  • Spore hits 100 million creations

    More than 100 million creations have now been made in Spore, SporeIllustrated reports. The milestone was hit yesterday at around 5:10pm EST. Give or take a minute or two. Mental. Have you killed more people than the entire population of planet earth, though, Mr Spore? We don’t think so.

  • Wil Wright still involved in the Spore franchise, is now an EA consultant

    Will Wright has confirmed to GameDaily that his involvement with Spore is ongoing, despite leaving EA. When asked if he had plans to revisit his hold franchises, he said he has entered into a consulting agreement with the publisher. “I don’t think it was widely reported, but alongside this whole [Stupid Fun Club] thing, I […]

  • US PC charts, February 1-7

    Blizzard leads the US PC charts this week, which makes a nice change. Steam and Direct2Drive results are included this time, in case you’re interested. NPD Sales Charts February 1-7 World Of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King The Sims 2 Double Deluxe Spore World Of Warcraft Battle Chest Fallout 3 World Of Warcraft Left […]

  • Four new Spore titles announced

    EA has announced four new Spore titles EA – two for the DS and one for the Wii, and the new PC expansion – to be launched this year. Spore Creature Keeper (DS) should be here in the summer and appears to be aimed at a younger audience. The next DS title, “Spore Hero Arena” […]

  • Spore 360/PS3 would have to have the “right design” to be considered, says EA

    Spore senior producer Morgan Roarty has told CVG that in order for a console version of Spore to be considered the design would first have to be in place. “I think first and foremost we’d have to have the right design,” said Roarty. “The obvious out of the box thinking would be to port the […]

  • NYT names Spore as 2008′s “best disappointment”

    In a feature titled, “The Zombies Look Better Every Year,” the New York Times has named Spore as its biggest disappointment for 2008. “If Electronic Arts has learned anything from its experience with Spore, it ought to be that a software company should just let its games do the talking, rather than relentlessly hyping a […]

  • Top-line EA roster hits Steam

    Following a pretty conclusive rumour that Spore was about to go live on Steam earlier this week, Valve’s just confirmed that Wright’s latest, the Creepy & Cute add-on, WAR, Mass Effect, NfS Undercover and FIFA Manager 2009 are now all available on the download service. Mirror’s Edge, Red Alert 3 and Dead Space are all […]

  • Spore for Steam?

    Simply, probably. A license agreement‘s been pointed out to us by reader Chris, featuring the word “Spore” and being hosted on Steampowered.com. No official announcement’s been made on this as yet, but it would be fairly astonishing if it were bollocks.

  • Will Wright working on new project

    Will Wright’s confirmed to Joystiq that he’s already working on a brand new game. “I’m working on a big new project that I’m very excited about, but I don’t want to talk about it yet because if it takes three years to come out I don’t want people saying ‘Wow, he’s been talking about that […]

  • Time does top 10 games of 2008, GTA IV is top

    Time Magazine has published its top ten video games of the year, with GTA IV at number one. “It’s a grade-A shoot-’em-up that doubles as an interactive novel and triples as a sly critique of American consumer culture,” says the piece. Jonathon Blow’s platformer Braid comes in at number two, while LittleBigPlanet takes third. The […]

  • New Spore patch available now

    To celebrate the release of the Spore Creepy & Cute Parts Pack, EA’s put out a new patch containing 24 new limbs for the Creature Creator. You can get the update here. In additional, the patch adds the following: Fix for esc key not bringing up Options in Galaxy Game Entry Fix for creator backgrounds […]

  • Time says Spore in 20th best invention of 2008

    Time magazine has named Spore the 20th best invention of 2008, saying, “It’s blasphemy, brilliance or both to take the entire evolution of a species — from a single-celled animalcule in a drop of water to a space-faring, galaxy-exploring sentient being — and turn it into a video game.” The retail DNA test was top […]

  • EA confirms new Space phase expansion for Spore

    According to this Joystiq report, EA’s confirmed a new Space phase expansion for Spore, to ship next spring. The new product is in addition to the now-confirmed Creepy & Cute parts pack, releasing in the US in November. Apparently “players’ space faring creatures will be able to beam down from their spaceships to explore new […]

  • Spore Creepy & Cute parts add-on confirmed by EA

    EA’s posted a listing for the previously rumoured Creepy & Cute Spore add-on on its US store, says Joystiq. You won’t be able to see it if you’re in Europe thanks to EA’s insane web skillz, but rest assured it’s happening. It’s out on November 18 in the US, priced $20.

  • “Cute and Creepy” Spore expansion pack listed by US retailers

    Both GameStop and Amazon are listing a Cute and Creepy creature parts expansion pack for spore, and both are listing it for a November 18 release. There’s no detail outside of that, unfortunately. Expect months of savage debate about how many times you can install the disc to follow its launch.

  • Spore DRM ban comments made by “over-zealous community volunteer”

    EA’s moved to address comments made by a Spore forum mode regarding banning users that caused “arguments” over DRM issues, saying the person involved doesn’t work for the publisher and was speaking out of turn. “These comments are absolutely not true or in-line with EA’s moderation policy,” an EA spokesperson told Kotaku. “They were made […]

  • Spore breaks 1 million sales

    EA’s announced that Spore’s gone through the 1 million sales mark. “Spore is a hit,” said EA Games president Frank Gibeau. “Will Wright’s latest delivers an incredibly diverse game that appeals to casual gamers and the core alike. “We’re off to a great start moving into the holiday season and believe Spore will deliver a […]

  • EA sued over Spore DRM

    A class action has been filed against EA regarding Spore DRM, as reported by GamePolitics. According to this CNS piece: Electronic Arts, a leading maker of computer games, defrauds consumers through its “Spore” game, which “completely wipes their hard drive” and replaces it with an undisclosed program that prevents the computer from operating under some […]

  • Spore DRM talk bring ban threats from EA

    Oh dear. EA’s threatened to ban users from its official Spore forums for causing “arguments” about DRM. This doesn’t just mean banning from the forums: this means having your account banned, thus rendering you unable to play your copy of the game. Yep: that means you’d have to buy another copy if you wanted to […]