has announced today that it will acquire VG Holding Corp. from Elevation Partners. VG Holding owns both Pandemic Studios
, which means the deal nabs both developers for EA. Electronic Arts will be paying up to $650 million in cash to the stockholders of VG Holding, with up to $155 million being paid in equity to specific employees. Pandemic is currently hard at work on the excessively violent sandbox title, Mercenaries 2
, which is being published by EA. The deal raises questions about BioWare, as the company is currently developing the galaxy hopping RPG Mass Effect
for Microsoft Game Studios. As the game is set to be a trilogy, we have to wonder what this deal means for the next two installments.
We'd love to make some sort of Madden
RPG joke here (Madden Effect
, perhaps?), but we just don't have the energy. Hit the "read" link for the full press release.