EA Signs on for Wheel of Time Games, MMO

By Chris Faylor, Jan 15, 2009 7:43am PST Electronic Arts will distribute Red Eagle Games' upcoming line of games inspired by Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time book series, the duo have announced.

Red Eagle is planning to transform the fantasy franchise into "a line of stand-alone games" for "all major videogame platforms," including PC and consoles, along with a massively multiplayer online role-playing game for unknown platforms.

All will be distributed through the EA Partners Label, which enables EA to pair with other third-party developers for publishing and distribution, including Valve, Harmonix, and id.

"The Wheel of Time series has a massive worldwide following and we're excited to help give Red Eagle Games' interactive products a blockbuster launch on the global stage," said EA Partners senior VP and general manager David DeMartini.

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  • There is a lot of potential.

    It's a well-known fact that a lot of couples play MMOs, so an Aes Sedai / Warder pairing makes complete and perfect sense and could work out wonderfully. Since that's how must couples end up playing anyway.

    The waygates provide a built-in Plane of Knowledge style system to reduce travel time, along with the portal stones, which also provide the potential for instanced "dungeons."

    Sea Folk, Aiel, Seanchan, Aes Sedai, Wilders, Warders, street rogues (perhaps wilders who use some small bit of Power to aid their trade?)...there is quite a lot of potential.

    But it's a mumorpaga, so it'll probably suck :(

  • Oh perfect. The MMO can be open ended, just like the book series. Thanks again, RJ, for developing a disease no-one ever heard of, and then dying.

    I loved the guy's writing, but COME ON. "Hi all. Won't be working on the series until I feel better. Should be any day now... any...ack...."

    When he started stretching out the books (one I think literally covered the happenings of a single day), I started to wonder what would happen if he died before the job was done. Came true.

    As a side note, I also sit in mortal terror that Viggo Mortensen or Ian McKellan dies before they finish the Hobbit (should it ever actually be filmed).