With another EA investor call having wrapped up, a few new details have been announced.
The publisher said:
Regarding next generation consoles, we are under a non-disclosure agreement with our platform partners, however, we’re planning a full reveal at E3 including more next generation titles in development for FY14. This will include breakthroughs in graphics and gameplay for some of our biggest franchises including Battlefield, FIFA, Madden, NBA LIVE, and Need for Speed. We plan to unveil new titles from EA SPORTS, Bioware, and DICE and a first look at some brand new games.
We will also get to see a better look at Frostbite 3 and the next gen sports engine at E3. “This isn’t a vision – these engines are fully functional right now and powering the games you’ll see at E3 in June.”
EA continued by saying that they’ve managed to ‘eliminate expenses’ on next gen R&D by ignoring platforms they don’t think have a long-term potential (Frostbite 3 doesn’t support Wii U), meaning that R&D costs have remained flat for the first time in a console transition. Frank Gibeau said that they expect to make more next gen titles than they did current gen.
Interim EA CEO Larry Probst talked about the next gen consoles saying “we’re excited about it… I think it’s really important to get out of the blocks quickly and drive market share… we’ve got a really exciting E3”. Frank Gibeau added that they’re in a “much better state” than when the last gen came around. They believe next gen consoles will be a “key growth driver” for the industry, but mentioned how the PS2 version of FIFA that released two years ago was “very profitable” and that they plan to support the current gen (PS3/360) for a similar time. Peter Moore said that “we’re extremely bullish” about supporting current gen consoles.
As for the Star Wars deal, EA said that they haven’t moved away from creating their own IP and that the brand was complementary. None of those Star Wars games will be available in FY 2014, as you’d imagine considering the deal only just happened.
Stick to PSLS for more next gen news on the lead up to E3.