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Electronic Arts (EA) is an American video game developer and publisher, who published the Dungeon Keeper series of games.

EA acquired Bullfrog Productions in 1995. Peter Molyneux became a vice president of EA and head of its European branch,[1][2] but became dissatisfied with the corporate aspects of the job. During the development of Dungeon Keeper, Molyneux decided to quit Bullfrog, which EA believed would be a distraction, so he was banned from the offices. As a result, development moved to his house for the final year or so.[3] When Dungeon Keeper was released, Molyneux left Bullfrog and EA.

Around the time the PlayStation 2 was released, EA began to focus more on console games than PC games. They were also in talks with New Line Cinema for the rights to The Lord of the Rings, and with J. K. Rowling for the rights to Harry Potter. They obtained the rights, which spelt doom for Dungeon Keeper 3; Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings were famous franchises, and Dungeon Keeper was still experimental. The project was cancelled in favour of those money-spinners.[4]

In 2013, an iOS and Android Dungeon Keeper game was announced.[5] Developed by another EA subsidiary, Mythic Entertainment, it was released early the following year. The game was widely and heavily criticised for its reliance on microtransactions.[6][7][8]

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  1. "In The Chair With Peter Molyneux". Retro Gamer (Bournemouth: Imagine Publishing) (71): 82–89. 
  2. Jason Schreier (11 March 2014). The Man Who Promised Too Much. Kotaku. Archived from the original on 20 January 2016. Retrieved on 10 November 2022.
  3. "The Making Of: Dungeon Keeper". Retro Gamer (Bournemouth: Imagine Publishing) (143): 64–69. 
  4. Ernest W. Adams. The Story Behind Dungeon Keeper 3. Retrieved on 10 November 2022.
  5. Mike Fahey (21 August 2013). Dungeon Keeper Returns... As A Mobile Game. Kotaku. Retrieved on 10 November 2022.
  6. Luke Karmali (10 February 2016). Dungeons 2 is the Dungeon Keeper Remake We've Been Waiting For. IGN. Retrieved on 10 November 2022.
  7. Dungeon Keeper review (5 February 2014). Retrieved on 10 november 2022.
  8. James Vincent (10 February 2014). Dungeon Keeper mobile remake deemed 'unplayable' due to in-app purchases. Independent. Retrieved on 10 November 2022.
  9. "In The Chair With Mark Healey". Retro Gamer (Bournemouth: Imagine Publishing) (139): 92–97. 
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