Electronic Arts has confirmed to Gamasutra that its EA2D studio -- responsible for titles such as Dragon Age Legends
and Mirror's Edge 2D
-- has become part of BioWare, and been renamed BioWare San Francisco.
The move comes as part of a major executive and studio shuffle
at the major publisher, which saw Frank Gibeau take over a newly created EA Labels superdivision, and EA Sports president Peter Moore promoted to EA COO.
"We’re focusing on building our intellectual properties/franchises into year-round business," EA CEO John Riccitiello said of the shake-up. "We've established our own platform, Origin, and we continue to grow our digital business."
Founded as a studio devoted to smaller browser-based casual titles, EA2D also developed tactical RPG Dragon Age Journeys
and platformer The Fancy Pants Adventures
, the latter of which was ported to Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network.
series lead designer Soren Johnson worked with the studio as a designer on Facebook title Dragon Age Legends
San Francisco becomes the sixth BioWare-branded location under parent company EA, alongside studios in Edmonton, Montreal, Austin, Fairfax Virginia (BioWare Mythic) and a customer service office in Galway, Ireland.