Electronic Arts (EA) is planning on developing and releases 6 new titles for the next-gen consoles over the course of the next 3 years.
President of EA Labels – Frank Gibeau revealed the news. “We’ve now got half a dozen in development. We’ve announced a couple of them, Mirror’s Edge and Battlefront, but we’ve also added some as well. The last time I spoke about this we hadn’t done the Star Wars deal, so there are those games too.”
Gibaeu is referring to EA’a recently struck deal with Disney for a multi-year exclusive licensing agreement to develop and publish globally new games based on Star Wars characters and storylines.
“We’re going to try and announce the new projects in the next couple of years, so in years two-three in the next-gen cycle, the plan is each year you’ll see one to two new IP from us coming out. This year we have new projects too – UFC is new to EA and of course there’s Titanfall.”
“We’re not [building new franchises] on the first day of release, we like to build a bit of the base. We have a broader portfolio, we’ve got a sports business, we’ve got Need For Speed, so we have more to bring over in terms of existing and healthy and growing franchises, and so we want to add a little bit more there. But, if you look at a game like Dragon Age Inquisition, it’s a sequel yeah but we’re treating it as a new IP with a new approach. We’re reinventing it.”
I’m not quite sure if Gibeau and I feel similarly about what a “New IP” is defined as. When i think of a “New IP” i don’t think about a sequel or reboot. On the other side of the coin, Titanfall will be a monster of a New IP. Apart from that, they may be able to squeeze out one other freshmen, but i would expect the rest of the bunch to be known franchises.
At least we know EA (whom i like much better now that they have discontinued their online passes) is in full swing to bring the early years of the 8th home console generation in with a bang.