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EA CEO Calls Spore The Greatest Creative Risk In The Industry

John Ricitiello started his DICE keynote with a list of games he's currently playing-Burnout Paradise, BioShock, Portal. The one game he's playing that we're not is Spore, a title he said he'd become "fixated" on. While John got the crowd up to speed on his gaming chops, he admitted "Deep down, I'm a business guy." That helps explain Riccitiello's publicly expressed hesitance about the ultimate success of the Will Wright "SimEverything" game.

"It's probably the greatest creative risk maybe going on in the game industry today," he said, responding to audience questions about dealing with failure. Calling Spore "massive" he continued, "I believe it's going to be one of the greatest franchises in our industry and will rival World of Warcraft or The Sims or Rock Band. It's going to be right up there."

"Or not."

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Bonsai12143365d ago

i don't understand how this was a risk of a game. its made by Will Wright, the premise of what you can do is astounding, and anyone with half a brain can say that making this game is like printing money. the only thing that could possibly derail this is if it keeps getting pushed back. even if the game is subpar when its released, it'll still sell by the bucketload.

permutated3365d ago

I haven't played a PC game for years, but this will bring me back to PC gaming.

It's a huge risk, but it's going to be a HUGE reward.

How could this game possibly fail?

ravinash3365d ago

It would be nice if they created a console version..but if there is ging to be any game that brings me back to PCs, it'll be this one.

reaperxciv3365d ago

it's worth upgrading your pc

danarc3365d ago

The requirements arent supposed to be that high, similar to Sims 2 I tihnk it was said :)

Jdoki3365d ago

I guess the risk comes with trying to span multiple genres. There's potential for confusing the consumer.

Also the money it's cost to actually make them game may never be recouped.

Finally I suppose there's the risk the game will get average reviews and tank. The comment "I believe it's going to be one of the greatest franchises in our industry and will rival World of Warcraft or The Sims or Rock Band. It's going to be right up there." shows EA are probably going to take a loss on the first game and then spin in off in a million directions (like the Sims) to make a profit.

This game is right up there in my Most Wanted list and I can't wait. Depending on the spec's I may have to upgrade my PC finally!!

e8t bit3365d ago

Under publicized is all I can think of. They should release it on consoles too to raise more revenue.

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