The news follows rumours that the studio has acquired the rights to the classic basketball sim, although Turmell has expressed an interest in working on its Madden and NCAA franchises.
"I have long marvelled at EA and their ability to ship quality games on a yearly schedule," he said. "That's incredibly hard. And I've also marvelled at how EA management or marketing has understood their consumer and then targeted them with appropriate content.
"I'm a huge sports fan, love making video games and trust that this senior management team will navigate the very difficult and challenging waters of game development as we move forward in this rapidly changing business."
Turmell, who is also credited as the creator of Smash TV and NFL Blitz, will be based at EA Tiburon within its Central Gameplay Group.