Hazelight Studios and Josef Fares have been very, very vocal about how good EA have been to them. With their innovative co-op adventure A Way Out, Fares explained to us that they had complete creative control and were being funded by EA, despite EA not making any money off the game. Sounds like a pretty great deal, and just months after A Way Out’s release, Fares has now confirmed that their next project will also see them working with EA.
Speaking to Eurogamer, Fares said “Yeah, we’re with EA. It’s no problem. It’s super-good support. I don’t care what publisher I work with it’s going to be the same. This is how I work: I respect the economical aspect but nobody fucks with the vision – it’s very, very important. And they know it at EA now, and they’re super-supportive – super-supportive.”
What that project is, he didn’t say, but they’re working at pace with a few months of pre-production. “We’re just in the early pre-production stuff,” he said, “but after this, in four weeks, we’re going to go full production.”
Don’t expect that to mean we’ll be playing this game any time soon though. When asked, Fares said, “It’s hard to say but maybe in two or three years we show something,” and that it will be “very different to Brothers and A Way Out.