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EA Canada is a video game developer founded as Distinctive Software in 1982 before it was bought in 1991 by Electronic Arts for $11 million, making it the company's oldest and largest studio.

Based in Burnaby, Canada, prior to being bought, they developed racing games including the first two instalments in the Test Drive series, and Stunts.

EA Canada is best known for its classic Need for Speed titles, initially credited to a team within the studio known as Pioneer Productions. The studio would develop the first four entries in the Need for Speed series; Road & Track Presents: The Need for Speed, Need for Speed II, Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit, and Need for Speed: High Stakes. On various occasions even sharing development with the EA Seattle subsidiary for PC renditions of those games.

EA Canada was also solely responsible for developing the PC release of Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed.

They also started development on Need for Speed 64 for the Nintendo 64 alongside Paradigm Entertainment, although the project altered during development into Beetle Adventure Racing! after EA signed a deal with Volkswagen to create a game around the New Beetle.[1][2]

Black Box Games would become a subsidiary of EA Canada[3] upon its purchase by Electronic Arts in 2002. Although still being owned by Electronic Arts, EA Black Box became an independent studio within the company in 2005 after the development of Need for Speed: Most Wanted.[4]

Team Fusion was a department within EA Canada, which developed PlayStation Portable releases of Need for Speed games.

Credits

Pioneer Productions

Game Release Meta Platforms
Road & Track Presents: The Need for Speed Aug 31, 1994 - 3DO, PC, PS1, Saturn
Need for Speed II Apr 30, 1997 71 PC, PS1

EA Canada

Game Release Meta Platforms
Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit Mar 25, 1998 88 PC, PS1
Need for Speed: High Stakes Mar 1, 1999 86 PC, PS1
Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed Mar 24, 2000 - PC

EA Canada / EA Black Box

Game Release Meta Platforms
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 Sep 30, 2002 89 GC, PC, PS2, Xbox
Need for Speed: Most Wanted Nov 11, 2005 83 360, GC, PC, PS2, Xbox

Team Fusion

Game Release Meta Platforms
Need for Speed: Underground Rivals Feb 24, 2005 74 PSP
Need for Speed: Most Wanted 5-1-0 Nov 15, 2005 72 PSP
Need for Speed Carbon: Own The City Oct 31, 2006 73 PSP
Need for Speed: ProStreet (PSP) Feb 18, 2008 57 PSP

References

  1. NEXT Generation, 1998. (46), p.96. Available at: https://archive.org/details/NEXT_Generation_46/page/n99/mode/2up
  2. NEXT Generation, 1999. (53), p.91. Available at: https://archive.org/details/NEXT_Generation_53/page/n91/mode/2up
  3. Article: Investment Canada Act (2002). Industry Canada (Gov). Available at: hhttp://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/ica-lic.nsf/eng/lk-30209.html
  4. Article: gamasutra.com (2009) Report: EA Black Box Lays Off Majority of Staff. Available at: https://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=21974
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