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Electronic Arts, a leading video game publisher, said it would discuss its forthcoming titles for the next-generation of game consoles at the E3 trade-show in June. The company noted that it would offer a number of new installments of its strong franchises for the forthcoming consoles, which not only confirms availability of both Microsoft Xbox Next and Sony PlayStation 4 this year, but also means that the publisher believes in their success.

“[The most] important [priority for us] is to ensure EA is well positioned to deliver the best games and services on the next-generation consoles. Over the years, we've learned how great games delivered early in the cycle of a new platform can build strong and enduring relationships with our audience. This transition will determine market leadership for the rest of the decade, and we intend to win over consumers with world-class entertainment experiences,” said Lawrence Probst, executive chairman of Electronic Arts, during a quarterly conference call with financial analysts.

It is pretty obvious that Nintendo Wii U with its limited sales and low performance did not attract attention that large publishers need for their AAA titles, which development may cost some $100 million a year. With Microsoft Xbox Infinity and Sony PlayStation 4 everything is projected to be different. The company will have a three new versions of their popular franchises, including Battlefield 4, Command and Conquer as well as an all-new Need for Speed in addition to various sports titles and games from Incomniac and Fuse. The lineup of next-gen titles will be released at the E3 trade-show.

“Regarding next-generation consoles, we are under a nondisclosure agreement with our platform partners. However, we are planning a full reveal at E3, including more next-generation titles in development for fiscal 2014,” said Frank Gibeau, the president of the EA Labels.

Being obliged not to talk about peculiarities of the next-gen consoles, EA management could not reveal exactly what will drive the success of the future gaming platforms. However, the executive chairman of EA did admit that the upcoming transition will have many similarities with previous generations of gaming hardware.

“Obviously these next-generation consoles are going to be more powerful and deliver more exciting and more fulfilling entertainment experiences. Obviously, these are companies that we have worked with historically and have good relationships with. So, I think, [there will be] a lot of similarities to previous transitions. We are excited about it. As I said in my earlier comments, we think it is really important to get out of the box quickly with a portfolio of products that will drive market share for us and hopefully delight our consumers. So we are looking forward to it, and we think we're going to have a great reveal at E3,” said Lawrence Probst.

Tags: Electronic Arts, Sony, Microsoft, Xbox, Playstation, Orbis, Durango, Nintendo, Wii U


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Frankly, I don't see how that is a good thing.

When those games eventually come to PCs these games will be crappy console ports, as always EA will release no patches, no bugfixes, no anticheating measures and to top it of, will come with truckloads of the most obtrusive DRM.

Who still cares about EA?
3 2 [Posted by: Nightdrake  | Date: 05/14/13 11:24:52 PM]

No they won't be crappy console ports this time. Remember, both consoles and pc will cater to similar x86 development standards unlike before. They will perform similarly across pc and next gen consoles. HSA will also be implemented.
2 0 [Posted by: vickybat  | Date: 05/15/13 12:48:47 AM]
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Next-gen consoles might close the gap, but still PCs will be more powerfull, especially with SLI or Crossfire.

Besides, the ports can be crappy for totally different reasons than performance. Anyone likes to controll GTA4 with mouse and keyboard? Imho thats completely botched.
0 0 [Posted by: Nightdrake  | Date: 05/15/13 12:34:37 PM]

What EA really want the consumer to do is to buy all the EA games they already have again which have been tweaked to work just a little better on the new consoles which most ppl would never know the difference unless shown working on old/new consoles @ the same time

And EA are laughing all the way to the bank, you get a minimal game upgrade and pay full price for the privilege
0 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 05/16/13 09:05:28 PM]


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