EA Has a Very Strange Deal With “A Way Out” Developer Joseph Fares
EA is the publisher of A Way Out which is under development at Hazelight studios. Joseph Fares is at the helm of the project and has complete faith in his game. Not only him, but it seems EA has even more faith in his game and may be planning to turn this into a franchise if it’s successful enough.
The deal between EA and Hazelight is very strange considering how EA does business. According to Joseph Fares, EA is not making a single dollar from A Way Out. It is odd that the multi-billion dollar company is not making any money from the title it’s publishing.
Speaking in a recent interview, Joseph Fares stated that EA is allowing Hazelight to keep all of the profits from A Way Out.
Here’s the thing, and you have to understand this: with this deal that I have for this game, EA is not making a single dollar out of this,” said Fares. “Every single dollar is going to the developer. They’re not even making any money and all I’ve got is support from EA.
They’ve not questioned the vision – they can’t because I won’t allow it – so they’ve been super supportive all the way. Even with this buy one [Friend Pass] thing, no problem.
Surely, EA has something in mind for the game’s future; it is not feasible for any company to invest in a project without gaining something back. Terms of the deal aren’t disclosed in detail so we won’t know what EA’s plans are for the IP.
A Way Out is releasing on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on March 23. The title is available for pre-order right now through EA Origin on PC, PlayStation Store, and Xbox Marketplace.