When EA announced they were working with Grasshopper Manufacture and Shinji Makami on Shadows of the Damned, it caught a few people by surprise. However, it looks like EA could be interested in more deals of a similar nature in the future.
We recently had the chance to speak to Steve Matulac, a senior producer at EA Partners, and when asked about working with other Japanese developers, he said: "Yea, perhaps. I'm open to that."
We then mentioned that Platinum Games had recently been touting themselves out there, to which Matulac said "Yea, exactly." Hardly giving anything away, but it would be awesome if EA were to team up with Platinum Games.