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Don't Worry, EA Hasn't Forgotten About the PS4

Posted by Sammy Barker

Tactical programmes in the works

Despite being one of the biggest multiplatform publishers on the planet, EA has aligned almost its entire next generation lineup with Microsoft. While the likes of Battlefield 4 and FIFA 14 will still launch on the PlayStation 4, the company has pledged timed exclusive DLC to the Xbox One. Meanwhile, other titles such as Peggle 2 will make their console debut on the Redmond-based manufacturer’s machine. So what gives?

Well, according to EA Labels president Frank Gibeau, the firm is still completely console agnostic. “We’re not tilting Microsoft’s way; we are firm long-term supporters of Sony,” he said in the latest issue of EDGE magazine. “I’m sure that you’ll see tactical programmes between us and Sony in the future that we haven’t announced, but will make things much more balanced.”

In fact, Gibeau reckons that the PS4 is on top right now. “I think that the Sony team has executed exceptionally well – and they did not execute particularly well on the PS3, whereas last time around Microsoft executed perfectly,” he added. “This time, Microsoft has run into some challenges, some leadership changes, but they’re a very resilient organisation.”

The sheer number of deals between Microsoft and EA right now is a little dizzying, but considering the hammering that the Xbox One has taken over the past few months, we’re not overly surprised that the publisher’s backing away a touch. To be honest, we’ll forgive everything if the Californian company gets a move on with Mirror’s Edge 2. We suppose that we should just have a little Faith, though, huh? Sorry.

[via edge-online.com, vg247.com]

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User Comments (19)

D3athBr1ng3r187

#1

D3athBr1ng3r187 said:

"Ummm......thank you we appreciate that" as long both consoles get Mirror's Edge 2 I don't really don't give a hoot what EA thinks.

cruches24

#6

cruches24 said:

hahahahahahaha i agree with @Sanquine EA can go and play dress up with microsoft for all i care the best games on the playstation come from sony companies if they really want to pick sides that just low balling the ps4 but again EA will do just about anything for a feww extra hundred dollars selfish companies like these should just disapear.

charlesnarles

#10

charlesnarles said:

Whatever, EA. Just make Sims 4 actually work for more than 2 gens without getting totally currupted. And no imaginary friend dolls that come to life.

Gamer83

#11

Gamer83 said:

They'll never say it but EA needs to just stop bsing us and admit what we all know is true. It was in on the DRM crap with MS, in fact I believe MS was going that route strictly because EA was pushing and both were probably hoping Sony would go the same way. Fortunately Sony heard the complaints and decided to say screw you. I think all these little side deals are partly to do with MS' checkbook but also just as much to do with two scumbag North American companies sticking together. I'm sure EA wasn't pleased with some of MS' reversals but by the time those were made it was too late and deals had already been struck. Going forward though I imagine we'll still continue to see these two corporations striking similar deals. I don't really see Sony doing anything with EA, and frankly there are far better companies they should be striking deals with. I don't love Ubisoft but it is much less scummy and does put out better games than EA, so Sony should be looking to continue working closely with it. Rockstar is leagues above of EA and Sony needs to do everything it can to ensure deals for the next Red Dead and GTA and whatever else Rockstar is working on.

Scollurio

#12

Scollurio said:

Lol... I really wonder...
religions, christmas, windows, ea, marriage...

those things still going?
And then I have to remember: ah yeah, im living in REAL WORLD not in MYWORLD.

belmont

#13

belmont said:

"Unprecedented Relationship" !!!
That's why the Vita version of FIFA 14 is a Legacy Edition.

Scollurio

#14

Scollurio said:

seriously everything that turns EA turns crap.
Just look at Battlefield 4. yeah its blockbuster and all. But still, nothing beats Battlefield 1942 and Vietnam! ;)

Ginkgo

#16

Ginkgo said:

@Gamer83 I agree with you. EA was dumping redemption codes for "new pricing models" at the same time MS was announcing DRM. I have said before that they deserve each other.

But EA is currently in a pickle. If you look at the NA pre-order numbers for Battllefield4 on next gen, PS4 is killing XBO by almost double. It is like the entire BF4 community has decided on mass. So it appears that their fanbase has chosen a different side. if that plays out, they will not have any choice but to follow. EA will follow the money. If the PS4 version is confirmed a higher res than XBO, as is rumored, then just sit back and enjoy the fireworks.

Gamer83

#17

Gamer83 said:

@Ginkgo

It would be hilarious if after all the bs EA fans choose Sony. You're right, it would have no choice but to follow which could make things highly interesting.

Madd_Hatter401

#18

Madd_Hatter401 said:

Fifa madden and battlefield keep this evil company running. When they bought the NFL license (typical greedy BS) they became unstoppable releasing nothing but roster updates with slight tweaks calling these crap tweaks innovative. 2k made great NFL games, makes fantastic NBA games and I would bet they would make great football (soccer) games if attempted. I'm hoping 2k gets back to making NFL games so fans can enjoy a proper game of football with true innovations year to year that has EA sitting in soiled jeans begging for half eaten ham sandwiches and searching gutters for used ciggerete butts.... LOL that won't happen but one can dream.

Gamer83

#19

Gamer83 said:

@Madd_Hatter401

An NFL 2K game would never outsell Madden because that brand name is just too strong. But I too would love to see 2K get a chance to return to that sport. NFL 2K5 was frickin' fantastic.

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