While The Saboteur was the last hurrah of EA's Pandemic Studios before the studio was closed, it wasn't the last hurrah of the now laid-off employees, considering today's news. Four former Pandemic employees have opened their own studio, called Downsized Games, and are now showing off their first game that takes a number of swipes at EA, BulletTrain.
The synopsis of the game really says it all. Before reading it, know that "Elaborate Acquisitions" is more than likely referring to Electronic Arts (EA), "JR" to EA's CEO John Riccitiello, and "Glendon-19" to Pandemics old street address, in all likeliness. BulletTrain's synopsis, in Downsized Games words:
"It's the year 2124 and giant mega corporations rule the universe. Even though space travel has been achieved, the corporations still use superfast Bullet trains to deliver goods planet side (it must be cheaper, like outsourcing). This makes the Bullet-railroad barons, lead by the dastardly JR, the richest and most powerful people in the galaxy. You used to run a small shipping company on your home planet of Glendon-19 but a hostile takeover by Elaborate Acquisitions, your local B-rail corporation, has left you out on the streets. With the help of your best driver, Atal, you scrape together your last credits and outfit your transport ship/bedroom with enough weaponry to take down the corporations B-rails. It's time to hand out the pinkslips, in blood. BulletTrain!!!!!!!!!!!"
Talk about making light of a situation. With a premise like that, it'll be quite fun to see how it carries over into gameplay. BulletTrain doesn't have a release date yet, but it is set for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Source: Downsized Games (via Kotaku)