Slightly Mad’s Ian Bell Outraged By EA: “They Tried To F*ck Us Over, There’s No Other Way to Put It”
Slightly Mad Studios’ CEO, Ian Bell, has expressed his outrage over how EA had treated them before creating Project Cars.
In a Q&A stream with SpotTheOzzie on YouTube, Bell talked about the development of Project Cars 2, but also went on record to discuss why Need for Speed Shift never received a sequel. According to an outraged Bell, this is due EA trying to destroy their company and steal their technology.
“We made a game called Need for Speed: Shift, we made a game called Shift 2 and EA came to me and said <<We’ll give you 1.5 million if you agree not to talk to any other publisher, to agree any other games or work on any other arrangement with any other publisher. And we’ll give you 1.5 million and we’ll sign Shift 3>>. So I said OK. That sounds like a good deal. I took the 1.5 million, I paid the guys, lots of bonuses, and two weeks before we were due to start Shift 3 it was canceled. With no warning. They said: “We are not doing that anymore”
“We were in trouble, we had nothing left. We were done. They literally destroyed our company. They tried to kill us, they tried to steal our technology as well. They tried to f*ck us over, there is no other way to put it. That’s what they tried to do. And we have no love for EA and this company.”
Some harsh words from Slightly Mad’s CEO indeed, and if true, very disrespectful indeed on EA's behalf.
Slightly Mad Studios is close to releasing Project Cars 2, but as covered yesterday, also appears to be working on a Fast & Furious game.