Rest assured that when next-gen consoles are announced, starting lineups will be chock-full of EA-published titles.
The company’s stated in a recent financial filing that they were dedicating $80 million to the development of titles for “Gen4 consoles.” Although the company hasn’t teased any specific names, $80 million isn’t chump change that EA’s dropping. It’s a significant percent of EA’s last year revenues, which were reported to be $1.2 billion.
According to CEO John Riccitiello, the publisher is going to be making some moves in 2013,
“… with a very different profile than the traditional game companies and capabilities that none of our new digital competitors can match.”
New digital competitors? Does this mean that EA’s going to take some strides with expanding and improving Origin? Let’s hope so. I’ve had plenty of nightmares about Origin issues shared to me by friends. (Personally, I don’t use the service.) If Origin wants a good shot at competing with Valve’s Steam, which I’m assuming Riccitiello is referring to, EA’s really got no choice BUT to play catch up. They might be making strides (during that same call, Riccitiello informed investors that Origin had reached the #2 spot on the direct-to-consumer list), but dethroning Steam is going to take some serious effort.
As focus increases on digital delivery, this is going to be an interesting battle to watch.