A car accident that you can’t look away from
If you thought the first news of Project car“Development and future prospects were cut to their knees by EA this week, it was the last you heard of the matter – you thought wrong. Following the revelation that Project car He will be gone, one of the co-founders of Slightly Mad Studio and former CEO, Ian Bell, criticized the decision via social media, signaling his regret over the decision.
Bell left in October 2021, a few months after Codemasters and by extension Slighty Mad Studio had been acquired by EA stating at the time that “with the studio’s future now secured”, it was time to leave. Right now, Bell is likely avenged or horrified that he can’t turn things around given EA’s decision to stop work on the IP. Bell took to Twitter to express his disgust with EA’s decision making and what it means for the numbers / people working at Slightly Mad Studio, said “EA, continuing to be awesome … I have said my part and stand by every word as they continue to prove them. How are those numbers (sorry, I mean people, with hopes, dreams and families) at the bottom of those spreadsheets? “
Apparently, Bell has had some bad fights with EA over the years. In a 2017 interview, Bell was asked about Slightly Mad Studio and their previous work with EA IP, including Need For Speed. At the interrogation line, Bell said:
“We had created a game called Need for Speed: Shift, we had created a game called Shift 2 and EA came to me and told me, two months into Shift 2, we can give you 1.5 million if you agree not to. talk to anyone other publishers, to agree on any other game, or work on any other agreement with any other publisher, and we’ll give you 1.5 million and sign Shift 3?
So, I said OK, it sounds like a good deal. I took 1.5 million, paid a lot of bonuses to the guys, and two weeks before the start of round 3 they canceled it without warning. They said ‘we’re not doing that anymore’.
They sent emails to three, four, five of our key people. And two of which are gone, because we were in trouble. We had nothing left. We were done. They literally destroyed our company, they tried to kill us, they even tried to steal our technology.
In closing that section of the interview, Bell bowed to her thoughts, saying
Those guys are assholes. We have no respect for EA. I will never make a deal with them again, no respect for them, they are horrible human beings, they are corporate monsters.
It’s safe to assume that with this news, Bell’s thoughts on EA won’t change for the better.