Epic boss Mike Capps, reckons the fact Valve and id have had such good experiences partnering with EA swung the Gears 2 maker’s decision to sign with the publisher for its People Can Fly project. From this Gamespot interview:
GS: So you just called out of the blue and asked, “Hey [Valve CEO] Gabe [Newell] and [id co-founder] John [Carmack], how’d that whole EA Partners deal work out for you?”
MC: Basically, yeah. It’s a small industry. There are only so many small shooter companies that have been around for 10 years making engines, right? Jay Wilbur, our VP, cofounded id Software, so we’re all pretty close. Bitter competitors, but still really close. [Laughs] I mean, it’s a new EA. Five years ago, if you told us we were going to be working with EA, I’d have thought you were a little crazy. But the way they just put so much more emphasis on external development and really partnering [is important]. They’re not just all about the games they’re making. It’s just being smart. I mean who wouldn’t want to publish The Orange Box, even if they didn’t develop it? Or Rock Band, right?
Loads more through there.