Speaking to GameSpot, he explained: "As we moved out with a new title and a new franchise for us, we shopped it around to all the major publishers.
“In fact, we've done it a couple times – we're in the enviable position of having been able to fund the title ourselves. We were able to retire a lot of the risk to the publishers.
"I'll admit that, if you asked me years ago, I still had thoughts that EA was the Evil Empire, the company that crushes the small studios. I'd have been surprised, if you told me a year ago that we'd end up with EA as a publisher.
"When we went out and talked to people, especially EA Partners people like Valve, we got almost uniformly positive responses from them."