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.