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You Shouldn't Worry About Sony's Relationship with EA

Posted by Sammy Barker

Best friends forever

EA may have given the impression that it’s jumped out of camp PlayStation over the past six months, but that couldn’t be further from the truth according to SCEE president Jim Ryan. While the North American giant has partnered with Microsoft and the Xbox One for virtually the entirety of its upcoming portfolio, that doesn’t mean that the publisher’s not committed to the PlayStation 4.

“It’s common knowledge that EA has done a deal with Microsoft, but all of its games – Battlefield, Need for Speed, [and] FIFA – are all on the PS4,” the candid executive told MCV. “In fact, the only platform that you could play Battlefield 4 [on] at GamesCom was PS4. Try and find that on Xbox One.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Ryan admitted that Sony has no desire to mimic its competitor’s widely publicised FIFA 14 giveaway. “We have over one million pre-orders, so why would we need to do that?” he asked. “Platform holders and publishers run pre-order campaigns, and if you need to increase momentum then [you] dial it up a little bit with some promotional stuff. It’s a rational thing to do.”

Microsoft may be shipping day one editions of its next generation console with a free game, but it’s worth remembering that there’ll be a batch of complimentary content available for you to download and play on your PS4 at launch, too. You can learn a little more about those titles through here.


User Comments (10)



Punished_Boss_84 said:

That "unprecedented relationship"
Strange that i type that up and the first thing i see is EA and Nintendo.

Uh as for this, it doesn't bother me.



Snkfiend said:

Here we go again EA spreading they "unprecedented relationship" nice thing they trying to be "friendly" to other game companies besides MS but regardless I'm still buying BF4 for DICE.



Visiblemode said:

EA has really earned their awful reputation. They really suck. Not necessarily commenting directly on this article, per se, they've just been getting on my nerves a lot lately. They have some good ips in their stable, but they reek of a company headed in a questionable overall philosophical direction.



Ginkgo said:

@Visiblemode Yeah I agree. I have said previously the EA and MS deserve each other, but at this point MS have shown that they are now trying to listen and do better. EA is yet to show anything of the sort. They are the biggest, they have some great IP, and they obviously feel they can do whatever they want, but they really rub me up the wrong way.



Visiblemode said:

@Ginkgo yeah, I agree about the MS-but-worse vibe lately. Though, despite trying to fix things on some levels, MS still does enragingly dumb things, like trying to convince people that "specs lie" and that "cloud computing "will fix the gpu problems. I don't like when people are coaxed by companies into embracing the illogical. You even see some hardcore fanboys believing this stuff and getting legitimately angry at sane, objective people who they are convinced are "Sony Fanboys" and "the worst kind of fanboy." Yet most of their sworn enemies are just technology fanboys who are just accepting reality. Microsoft should have spent more time preparing for next generation, they were fooled by the naysayers who claimed console gaming was dead. Luckily Sony didn't buy into that same hype, because console gaming is stronger than ever, and I'm not the least bit surprised.

I honestly think much of the hardware design seen in the launch xb1 came as a reaction to Sony's announcements, and it not only speaks to an overall lack of cohesive strategy but it makes me wonder what the fail rate might be on first gen units.



mibtar said:

I don't give a rat's ass about EA. But hey, I want Sony to succeed in the console war so whatever work I guess.



B4SDR4G said:

It's a shame that BF4 DLC will come earlier to Xbox just when I jumped over from Xbox to PlayStation. XD



Gamer83 said:

I was never worried. The PS fanbase is too big and gives EA too much money for it to ignore. But EA is the only video game company I genuinely would not care if it disappeared. With all the DRM crap and other anti-consumer nonsense that had happened this year, I truly believe the main driving force behind it was EA. MS was carrying it out and took most of the heat, that's what happens as a console maker but EA is the company that does the most b*tching about used games when frankly it benefits more from that market than any other company out there. EA is a truly despicable company. Unfortunately I have to admit I fed the machine because after Mass Effect 1 I didn't want to miss the next games in the series.



BlueProxy said:

Well where is the content? Show us some worthy Sony exclusive add-ons, games, services, and I'll believe it. Not so much the "kind words".

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