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EA and Spielberg Unite

Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg and Electronic Arts said Friday they are teaming up to develop three original video game titles. Spielberg, a video game enthusiast and co-founder of DreamWorks SKG, will work with EA’s Los Angeles studio on the concept, story and design of the new game franchises. Terms of the multiyear, exclusive agreement were not disclosed.

Neil Young, vice president and studio head at EA Los Angeles, said that Spielberg and EA’s developers are aiming to deliver titles that take advantage of new technology in upcoming gaming consoles, while delivering more engaging and novel play and entertainment. “Who is a better person to tackle that challenge with than Steven Spielberg?” Young said.

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Spielberg and Electronic arts have a history going back several years. In the mid-90’s, Spielberg co-founded DreamWorks Interactive, the games arm of DreamWorks SKG. DreamWorks Interactive was purchased in 2000 by Electronic Arts. Today, the studio is known as EALA, responsible for the Medal of Honor, Lord of the Rings, and Command and Conquer franchises, along with 2004’s GoldenEye: Rogue Agent.