Big news: Bioware and Pandemic are merging! Pandemic is maker of Full Spectrum Warrior, Destroy All Humans, and Star Wars Battlefront; Bioware produced Jade Empire, Knights of the Old Republic, and Baldur’s Gate.
The merging of two high-profile studios (as opposed to their eventual absorption by publishers) makes a lot of sense. Scale = bargaining power (and, as Bioware noted, much-craved independence). Everybody wants scale nowadays … hard to do business with the Walmart and EAs of the world otherwise.