Electronic Arts is slowly becoming a giant katamari of social gaming companies. Mere months after acquiring PopCap, the company has announced that it has acquired KlickNation, a developer of free-to-play social role-playing games. KlickNation will be rolled into its BioWare label, and the company will be renamed BioWare Sacramento. The newly acquired team will join BioWare's existing social gaming team in San Francisco to form BioWare Social, which will be focused on the development of RPG experiences for social networks. Former KlickNation CEO Mark Otero will head the combined effort.
While KlickNation may not have the same kind of recognition as the Zyngas of the world, it has launched four games for Facebook since its inception in 2009: Superhero City (pictured above), Age of Champions, Starship Command, and Six Gun Galaxy. According to EA, the company was "known for combining in-depth storylines with high-quality graphics."
“KlickNation’s expertise in building innovative and compelling RPGs for social platforms makes them a seamless tuck-in with the BioWare team at EA,” BioWare's Dr. Ray Muzyka said in a press release. “We share the same creative values. The new BioWare Social unit will bring BioWare and EA franchises to the growing audience of core gamers who are looking for high quality, rich gameplay experiences on social platforms.”