A closer reading of the synopsis noted that it was all about "the method and the madness behind Electronic Arts' use of cross-platform marketing." Wait? What? Marketing?! Well, we went anyhow, and you can check out the highlights beyond the break.
Deep Focus definitely went above and beyond normal marketing on this game. From getting Film Roman to animate Downfall ("They were so excited not to have to draw yellow characters with spiky hair anymore, and they were so happy to do something with gore in it."), to hiring Antony Johnston and Ben Templeton to work on the graphic novel. Ian Schafer from the company explained the game document EA provided to them was full of tons of details that aren't apparent in the game. It'd built such a rich backstory and world to draw from, that it gave Deep Focus a lot to work with.
Andrew Green, the online marketing manager for EA, called the process a two-way street, and said what they were doing, "Helped get both EA and Deep Focus team members even more excited about the game, and they were able to pass that excitement along to outsiders." He went to to say developers and marketing people shouldn't ignore something as simple as Wikipedia. "Wikipedia drove the lion's share of the traffic to the website. It should not be underestimated. That was all from a simple link at the end of the web entry for the game."
While it remains to be seen if providing this much detail and marketing on a brand-new IP will continue, Green feels like it was a success, and it wouldn't be surprising to see EA try it again. "It is a sequel business. And launching a new IP when Gears of War 2 was coming out, or a 3 or a 4 of anything else, was very hard. All of the community work we did helped that pay off." Ian Schafer was amazed it could have happened at all, "If you know EA, you'll know that it was really amazing that they could do this. They're a huge company, and this was just incredible."
The Q&A didn't yield anything terribly exciting except for this nugget about DLC: Chuck Beaver, the senior producer on the project said, "DLC has become a consumer expectation. We're happy to do it, but it's a tax on the development team. But, if done properly, people can keep touching the brand and keep buying the brand, and that's important."