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Submitted by journovampire 1078d ago | rumor

Microsoft to reveal EA partnership at Next Xbox event

As the industry prepares for a highly anticipated Microsoft press conference in which it will showcase a new console for the first time in eight years, publisher Electronic Arts is preparing to step on stage to announce a key exclusivity agreement. (EA, Microsoft, Xbox One)

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NewMonday  +   1078d ago
Respawns new game I bet
bicfitness  +   1078d ago
Its almost certainly not an exclusive, its a strategic partnership. I wish people would read the articles before commenting.
aiBreeze  +   1078d ago
Yeah but they'll treat it like call of duty, get timed exclusive DLC and have the world exclusive reveal at their conference to make it look like it's better on xbox.
ArmGunar   1078d ago | Trolling | show
Good_Guy_Jamal  +   1078d ago | Well said
What are you on about? Who said anything different?
You guys were falling over each other when Destiny was at the ps4 event even though its a multiplatform game but when Microsoft does it they are the bad guys. How about we wait and see what else they announce before we go trolling up and down this cess pool and circle jerking one another?
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raytraceme  +   1078d ago
With ea I know they hate the used games market and I can only imagine that their partnership has something to do with it.
ArmGunar  +   1078d ago
I don't care about Destiny and the DLC exclusive for PS4 ...

DLC exclusive (thing useless) and timed exclusive are USELESS for industry of video game ... That is a waste of money ...

I have both consoles (PS3/360) and I don't like this kind of deal ...

But at least, Sony invest in new IPs so it doesn't matter.

MS just does this kind of deal, where are exclusive games ?
50 millions $ for GTA add-on ? How millions for DLC useless of COD ?
Hellsvacancy  +   1078d ago
Better not be BF4 related
DragonKnight  +   1078d ago
Hmm. EA absent at the Sony event. EA announces microtransactions will be part of every game from now on. Could this be further proof that MS will block used games? <- You just know that an article like that is coming.
Saigon  +   1078d ago

Yeah I read that, but you can't expect some exclusive deal because EA wasn't at the Sony event. From last I recall, it doesn't work like that. Though they were the only major publisher not at the Sony event, means nothing. And the biggest fault regarding this article, speculation, rumor, opinion piece is that EAs event yesterday was all praise the PS4. I expect them not to hold a separate event when the Next Xbox is revealed, I actually expect EA to be at the Next Xbox reveal event, but it doesn't mean anything.
MikeMyers  +   1078d ago

Whatever EA does on the next Xbox they will do the same on the PS4. Perhaps EA does not want to release disc based games anymore? I know Sega is going to go that route.

I have to agree with some of the other comments, this exclusive content often times doesn't help gamers. It is just a tool to block gamers to help hardware sales. It's not like Microsoft started all of this, we seen it on the PS2 and Rockstar making GTA exclusive on the console. Microsoft needs to focus on creating its own identity by getting serious with their own ip's and not investing into timed exclusives. If it is something totally designed for the new Xbox hardware that makes use of Kinect or something then yeah, I can see EA wanting to do something exclusive. However the PS4 is going to have an advanced camera so I'm not sure yet what the next Xbox does differently.
Old McGroin  +   1078d ago
For all the Sony heads in here saying M$ are wasting their money on timed DLC and that they can't invest in new IPs, how do you know they haven't invested in IPs? Have you traveled forward in time to all their announcements for the Next Xbox or something?
ZeroX9876  +   1078d ago
using more of their cash flow to buy timed exclusive, instead of reinforcing their own portfolio of studios...
well if something good comes out of it, nice move, but I suspect a timed exclusive.
dcbronco  +   1078d ago
People say timed exclusives and DLC are useless but if you look at a game like CoD where Xbox sells 2 or 3 million more copies with a smaller install base and it made a difference. That's an extra ten-30 million dollars for Microsoft. So if you pay 5 million to net 30 million that is money well spent.

Look at Gears. Pay ten million in advertising campaign and get 5 million in sales at $10 per copy royalty for a profit of 40 million. Those deals are very profitable.
NewMonday  +   1078d ago
came across 2 interesting points about this news:

* licensed sports games can't be exclusive(or have exclusive content) to any platform.

* whatever happened to the EA's "unprecedented partnership" with Nintendo?
Daver  +   1078d ago
That is too bad, I liked the Microsoft with Activision and Sony with EA competition.
DOMination-  +   1078d ago
"using more of their cash flow to buy timed exclusive, instead of reinforcing their own portfolio of studios... "

You obviously haven't been keeping tabs on Microsoft - They have purchased a few studios but have put most of their resources into building new ones from the ground up, stealing the best talent from the worlds greatest studios.

22 studios. 7 of which are casual based. Of the 15 remaining, Lionhead, Black Tusk, 343i, Turn 10, Twisted Pixel and Rare are confirmed to have multiple teams working on seperate titles. Is that enough reinforcing for you?
greenpowerz  +   1078d ago
Battelfield 4 related

The devs said they would take turns showing love to each company. Probably why Sony payed bungie for the PS4 reveal/deal to supposedly even up the score.

You never know though it could be anything to an exclusive game to online social structure cooperation. EA has some good online ideas.

Lot of people voting the article down all upset LOL. Reminds me when Sony fans voted down superdae finding of the 720 article as fake then after Sony revealed the PS4 what superdae found was written in stone and became gospel, literally.
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Ju  +   1078d ago
First time I agree with Green. Sony got Activision & Bungy, I guess MS is getting BF4.

I'm a little bit disappointed, because it obviously runs on the PS4 already (and most likely Durango). But not nice teasing us like this, EA.
SilentNegotiator  +   1078d ago
4 comments before and Jamal pulls out the handy Playstation hater "circle jerk" comment?

And he gets a well said? How about an "immature"?
Anon1974  +   1078d ago
Timed exclusivity and exclusive DLC can eat me. I don't care who's doing it.
007Bond  +   1078d ago
Either way this is how to run a business, they get the companies that make the most and then partner up with them. Unlike Idoiots at $ony that just kiss the fans ass and lose tons of dollars.
kreate  +   1078d ago

Its now Sony/Activision vs MS/EA

At minimum, Blizzard wants world domination using Sony.
_-EDMIX-_  +   1078d ago
@ArmGunar- Agreed 100%. Sony didn't buy into a lot of those timed exclusives and used there money to buy teams.

I'm sorry but I don't see what that DLC did for a 360 gamer when its also on PS3 and PC.

It actually hurts them if anything else, 50 mill is a lot for conent that is just going to be released else where. So...your paying for someone else to not have it? How doet that help 360 owners?

Bioshock, Lost Planet etc are all on other system, what did that do for any 360 owner here in 2013?

I mean, they would had got Bioshock, Lost Planet etc either way, but now its money that won't be spent making a new team to make core games.

MS has like 10 kinect studios! (hate to sound like a broken record, but I still can't get over that)

Now, EA won't make any exclusives for anyone...period. I mean, its funny cause EA would pretty much be hurting themselves, Activision, Ubisoft and Take Two would just be so happy to have EA make a dumb move like that. No game will be exclusive. DLC maybe, but hell, I don't even care for Destiny's exclusive DLC for PS4 and I'm pre-ordering both! LOL!
NateCole  +   1078d ago
Funny. Xbox fans getting excited over time exclusives or exclusive DLC's for multi-plat games. How far they have fallen not just as xbox fans but as gamers.
Enemy  +   1078d ago
Microsoft already starting up the DLC bullsh*t. No new IPs planned confirmed.
BattleAxe  +   1078d ago
EA is making a poor strategic decision and are really pigeon holing themselves. If true, they are not serving my two favorite platforms for buying games with Playstation and Steam.
joab777  +   1077d ago
Of course it is. Sony has a similar agreement with Activision, or at least a growing partnership. It's like everything is upside down. Activision is giving ps4 Destiny and exclusive content, while blizzard is partnering with Diablo 3. The witness is a timed exclusive for the ps4. Assuming Sony had kept previous partnerships, it looked like they were gaining an advantage. Then, we hear that EA, which has had strong ties with Sony is partnering with Microsoft. Very strange. I am sure it involves Respawn. This could be huge for Microsoft. It still doesn't address their 1st party concerns but it hints to the idea that they will continue to buy exclusivity to appease hardcore fans.

The bigger question is this. Does Microsoft think Battlefield or Respawns new game is going to be the new Call of Duty? And even more important, important is this an arrangement between companies with the same to play and microtransactions. Will we see mmos, games going f2p? Will Microsoft sell their console dirt cheap and charge a subscription fee. It does make sense for what both company's visions.
Pandemic  +   1078d ago

''Just to clarify, the CVG story doesn't suggest EA titles will be exclusive to next Xbox. No one has said that to me''
bicfitness  +   1078d ago
Please don't bring your reading skills, information hunting or facts to N4G. They're not welcome here. This place is only for rabid speculation and delusion. /s
finbars75  +   1078d ago
I know people are blowing this right out of proportion.EA is still with Sony especially BF4 which they made clear was going to be shown at E3 for the PS4.Im sure they will have lots of cool stuff wiht the new xbox.We will just have to wait and see but I guarntee its not going to be Respawns new game especially after the bad fallout they had with Microsoft.I was thinking more along the lines of Fuse due to te fact Insominac was part of the Sony era and would like show they can do more with MS then Sony.You never know.
nukeitall  +   1078d ago
I don't really like EA, and by far prefer Activision.

Activision is a straight shot company with no BS. You get what you pay, take it or leave it. With EA, you got the online pass BS and their Origin crap that has nasty end user terms that are known to be used against gamers.

If EA doesn't like what you say on a forum, they will ban your access to all your Origin games!
InMyOpinion  +   1078d ago
"Activision is a straight shot company with no BS."

Don't know if serious...
WarThunder  +   1078d ago
Activision is as s**t as EA along with MS, 3 greedy companies.
listenkids  +   1078d ago

I wouldn't say they're as bad, they both release the same amount of games, the difference for Activision comes from never forcing an online pass, even fucking Dead Space 3 had it, which meant I couldn't rent it. Server wise, EA are running on ancient also, and pass the blame if something doesn't work.
aiBreeze  +   1078d ago
Activision are hardly saints but next to EA, they're certainly the lesser of two evils.
ziggurcat  +   1078d ago
"Activision is a straight shot company with no BS. You get what you pay, take it or leave it."

tell that to PS3 owners who have paid full price for broken ports.
KwietStorm  +   1078d ago
Activision is a what? head
Ju  +   1078d ago
I always preferred EA. EA created new IP; Can't say that from Activision. Bungie is an exception; but they bought into it. What else is successful (recently) besides CoD???
_-EDMIX-_  +   1078d ago
@Ju-Agreed! I mean people can hate EA all day, but EA really has some of the best teams in terms of 3rd party's. I see me owning like 3 EA games before next year is even done. BF4, ME4 (if the rumors are true) and what ever else is made by them.

Bioware, Dice, Visceral etc are all great teams. And yes EA made a bunch of new IP's this gen, I sorry but I just can't not support such a thing. New IP's are always welcome and EA did a great job this gen.
joab777  +   1077d ago
Did u even read about what Activision did to Infinity ward, or west and zampella? If u believe their story, it was beyond messed up. Anyway, all gaming companies r up against it right now. There is a lot on the line this gen. Most are branching out to remain viable. EA has talked about what they want to do. I don't blame them. Their first priority is making money. Yeah, they are dicks sometimes but not everyone can be valve.
Persistantthug  +   1078d ago
I don't think Microsoft GAMES has the budget to outright buy exclusivity on popular games anymore.

But who knows?
bumnut  +   1078d ago
Microsoft has lots of money, mostly from the software side of the business.

The gaming division could run at a loss forever and it wouldn't matter, thats how much money they have.
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Daver  +   1078d ago

That is not true. They dont have unlimited money for their gaming division just because they are making money in other things. You need some economy basis
Persistantthug  +   1078d ago
@bumnut........I'd have to strongly disagree with you, and I'll offer strong evidence for support.
Microsoft has virtually unlimited money, but Microsoft GAMES does not.
Did you ever wonder why MS had to close ENSEMBLE? Why did they have to shut down ACES? DIGITAL ANVIL? Why FASA?

Did you take notice how, for a while, BIOWARE was practically in bed with Microsoft? Then did you notice that EA came right in and scooped up MS's good buddy BIOWARE without hardly any protest?

The reason, is because MS GAMES has a budget.
And while MS Corp has lots of cash, it cant be discounted how under fire MS is from the likes of GOOGLE and APPLE ( phone & tablet market ), as well as the rest of the web and internet factions that are preventing Microsoft's foothold.

Microsoft Corp has its hands firmly full atm, and video games is clearly not a priority for them.
Microsoft GAMES clearly has a budget.
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WeAreLegion  +   1078d ago
Thank you! People think Microsoft is one entity.
RyuCloudStrife  +   1078d ago
Kurt Russell  +   1077d ago
Careful of those, too much and you could get cancer.
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shutUpAndTakeMyMoney  +   1078d ago
DLC timed kinect exclusives hope..
BF4 kinect!!!
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JamieL  +   1078d ago
Dude F#%k your money, just shut up.
OmegaSlayer  +   1078d ago
I wonder how much money EA gets from MS, because for EA (or whoever signs these kind of deals) this is only bad pr.
AngelicIceDiamond  +   1078d ago
I don't understand the anger, Sony has partnerships to? Sony was only taking a page out of MS's book with the whole exclusive content buissness.

So MS could be partnering up with EA boo hoo. The sun sets in the west and rises in the east the world keeps on spinning fanboys should of saw this coming a mile away. This is nothing different considering its MS.
xtremeimport  +   1078d ago
So Sony and MS flipped partnerships.

Sony announces exclusive content for Destiny which is an Activision game and now they're saying MS is gonna announce something along the lines with EA.

Honestly, I'd rather Sony have kept their deal with EA than Activision. But if this wins them the CoD crowd,I suppose thats a big win for Sony...if thats what's happening.

purely speculation.
donman1  +   1078d ago
Well this now explains why EA was missing from Sony PS4 reveal press conference. Hmmm I wonder what this exclusivity will be.
showtimefolks  +   1078d ago
EA has always had a great partnership with sony and have done exclusive dlc too

EA may show up at MS event but i wouldn't read too much into it, the days of 3rd party exclusive games are done
Blasphemy  +   1077d ago
DLC on the disc and microtransactions. Have fun with that xbots. LOL
OneAboveAll  +   1077d ago
To hell with Respawn, show dat BF4 with 64 players!
Cocozero  +   1078d ago
First Activision now EA, MS sure knows how to work with third parties.
bicfitness  +   1078d ago
Did you actually read the article? Its referring to timed DLC or staggered release (at best), not an outright 3rd party exclusive.

Those are dead.

What we will see is something like the Activision/ Sony partnership. A "strategic" partnership.

Edit: Well your point about Activision was either erroneous or lacking clarity, as THIS next gen, Sony had them up on stage. LAST gen, Sony had a similar partnership with EA. So either way your comment is misguided. In the context of your own words, you aren't making any sense.
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Cocozero  +   1078d ago
That was my point.....
fermcr  +   1078d ago
3rd party exclusive is not dead, and to prove it there's Bayonetta 2 for WiiU, Gear of War series for Xbox 360 and quite a few 3rd party exclusives for PS3 (last one coming to mind is Ni Nu Kuni).

If a company, like Microsoft, Nintendo or Sony, pay the costs or make some kind of deal with the developer, they can have a exclusive with 3rd party.

@Kingdom Come.
I did read his comment. He said 3rd party exclusive was dead, and I proved him wrong by giving him examples... then he edited his comment...

@grayfoxx881 "The reason Bayonetta 2 is on the WiiU is because both Sony and Microsoft passed on it"
That's my point. Nintendo payed for the development or made some kind of deal with Platinum to have a 3rd party exclusive.
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Kingdom Come  +   1078d ago
"Did you actually read" his comment?
grayfoxx881  +   1078d ago
The reason Bayonetta 2 is on the WiiU is because both Sony and Microsoft passed on it. It's not like Nintendo threw the most money at Platinum. Nintendo was the only party interested.
greenpowerz  +   1078d ago
No he read the article and it assumes what the deal is as you are doing/hoping.

Those devs that were at Sony's reveal will probably be at MSFT's reveal with exclusive deals with MSFT as well(even Destiny no doubt about it). Why didn't EA show up at Sony's reveal?

Timed exclusive content/timed exclusive games can make or break a game on the mistreated platform. Many people smell decay on games not on their platform at the same time.

EA must be impressed with the 720 hardware and software to not show up at Sony's reveal then make a exclusive deal with MSFT.
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_-EDMIX-_  +   1078d ago
@Green- Sorry you didn't hear the news.


LOL....WRONG!!!!!!!!!! "“Not being at PS Meeting was not indicative at all. We’re maintaining a balance between other parties."

"We're very excited about Sony's platform"

Why on earth do you guys read so much in to this crap. So...EA just hates money now? LOL! Mind you they stated BF4 being shown on PS4. Now that doesn't mean it won't be on 720 or that its a timed exclusive, I'm quite sure of it, they are just saying it based on 720 not actually being fully unveiled. Nothing more.

To hear "timed exclusive games" LOL! When this is what EA JUST SAID is too funny. I don't think you even know what EA has stated about the PS4. Nothing stated points to any partnership with anyone. Other then for some stupid DLC crap. This would be EA's most dumbest move, based on Activition, Ubisoft, Take two etc capitalizing on it.

If anything, this is what EA wants teh most, 2 powerful systems along with PC. Knowing PS4 has PC architecture is something they clearly LOVE, it now means its easier for them to port there games. Being on one platform gives pretty much zero advantage sales wise. Even if you are taking full advantage of the system, is there a reason why they can't make 2 versions then? LOL. Its not going to happen buddy. This might be the stupidest ideas I've seen any tied to prove.

Those days are over. LOL.
bicfitness  +   1078d ago
@ fermcr

PAYING FOR THE DEVELOPMENT of a licensed IP kind of guarantees it will be exclusive for a while. Unless the person paying for it is an idiot. That's what we call 2nd party, not 3rd. And essentially what Nintendo offered with B2.

Edit: Also, nitpicking examples of 3rd party loyalty, when Mass Effect, FF, and almost every other 3rd party AAA game is multiplatform doesn't support your argument very well. Please stop stealth editing too. Stick by what you said. Ni No Kuni was exclusive because Level-5 hate MS since the cancellation of that game way back and have a great relationship with Sony. That is a RARE and ISOLATED instance. It is not the norm.

I'm out, this place is a real circus today.

Edit #2: I find it funny that you would accuse me of editing when I've watched your comment change the initial body of the text 3 times in less than 5 minutes. When I "edit" something, I mark it as such.
3rd party exclusivity is no longer the norm with AAA releases. It is something that happens on a case by case basis or it porting to another platform simply doesn't seem financially appealing. When you look at the PS2 era and the sheer volume of exclusives on ALL platforms (GC, Xbox, DC) and compare it to this one just passing, I don't know how - or why - you would deny that.
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supremacy  +   1078d ago
Well what about Yakuza, or Tutsunoko vs Capcom, Sonic colors, Diablo 3, Dust 514,Steel battallion, Lost oddassy,blue dragon, Valkarie chronicles, and those 3 exclusive rpgs coming to ps3 this year.?
kupomogli  +   1077d ago

Diablo 3 isn't exclusive, even if it isn't on the 360 and Next Box, although I doubt that, it's still on PC.

Yakuza has a high fanbase in Japan. That's PS3 and Nintendo country over there. Even if it didn't, the game is very story heavy with a ton of voice acting and CG cutscenes. It'd be like Metal Gear Solid 4 being released to the 360. 27 DVDs.

Microsoft bought exclusive rights to Lost Odyssey and Blue Dragon, as well as Eternal Sonata and Tales of Vesperia. Namco's titles didn't sell well and were timed exclusive so were eventually ported to the PS3, although Vesperia PS3 was never localized in the west :(. Other RPGs have also released on the 360 and they've sold poorly. Multiconsole titles.

It's a miracle that Namco even localized the RPGs they've released. I'm assuming they never intended Graces F or Xillia to be released in the US, and changed their minds afterwards.

As for NIS, Compile Heart, and Gust. They're extremely niche developers who happen to have good ties with Sony. These developers are the ones you see multiple games on the PS3 every year.
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miDnIghtEr20C_SfF  +   1078d ago
Yep, this is HUGE! Even if it's time DLC, or staggered release dates. Funny how many SDF disagrees you got already. Funny how they say if Sony has the presser first,.. that's a win for them. They came out first.

But now, huge game releases could come first to Xbox, or Map Packs.. just like COD this gen. And they're acting like this is no big deal.

I'll tell you what... being able to play BF 4 two weeks to a month earlier on the xbox will sure suck for people waiting that time to play the game on the ps4.
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shikamaroooo  +   1078d ago
Read the article first ladies an gentlemen.

"Due to the necessities of multiplatform development and publishing, it is likely that such a partnership will not extend beyond exclusive downloadable content, or staggered release dates. An outright exclusive EA game on the Next Xbox would be unlikely, and certainly a major coup for Microsoft if such a deal were to be secured".
g-nome  +   1078d ago
Yeah , give them the Sims for the casual crowd.
DeadlyFire  +   1078d ago
I can see The Sims 4 Kinect edition. Your sim does what you do. Just dance and your sim dances. Slap the air to slap someone in front of your sim. Eat a bag of chips and your sim does this as well.

Honestly it doesn't sound far from something that could happen.
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EffectO  +   1078d ago
SDF Repellent  +   1078d ago
There goes the theories that the Xbox 720 will be delayed till 2014.

This could be several things.

1. Remember Mass Effect used to be an xbox 360 exclusive until EA bought out Bioware. The second game in the series was also timed exclusive for a period of time. Maybe a similar deal will be made with Mass Effect 4.

2. Respawn new game. This could have exclusive DLC at launch for the X720.

3. Most likely, it is Battlefield 4 and some sort of exclusive DLC.

4. Lastly, it could be something related to EA sports and the Kinect. Remember, Peter Moore, used to work for Microsoft so some sort of exclusive for Fifa or Madden could be a possibility.
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DragonKnight  +   1078d ago
How does them announcing a partnership mean that the 720 won't be delayed until 2014? What, you think the partnership has a time limit of a few months? Just because the MS event is rumoured to be happening in April, in no way means it actually IS happening in April or that the 720 will be out this year. And please don't come back with "MS won't let Sony release too much before them" as that's conjecture you can't possibly prove.
DeadlyFire  +   1078d ago
EA doesn't do exclusive game deals. Get that out of your head right now before you get slapped with the stupid stick.

Its definitely some small DLC crap. If not its only going to hurt EA for doing it.
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supremacy  +   1078d ago
its MS turn to show us a peak on what they are working on. After that we can then all come back here and make a proper assessment of where things are going.

Honestly i dont see much of a difference this upcoming gen from the current one, except this time both are launching in the same year. Which is good for gamers all around, i wonder if MS plans on delivering a worldwide launch or maybe they'll have similar supply issues like Sony and only release in two regions. I guess we will find out soon enough.

By the way, for those of you making premature predictions just know, that both of these companies havent played all their cards yet. E3 i believe will be where we get a clearer picture and better understanding where these two stand. Bt like i said, we will find out soon enough.
DigitalSmoke  +   1078d ago
This stuff is nothing more then industry damaging if not anything.
Making sure one side of gamers can't play a game on time is just a bitch move.
Why not make some of your own Microsoft?
RTheRebel  +   1078d ago
Money Talks
Convas  +   1078d ago
Ya'll weren't saying that when Destiny was announced for PS4 with exclusive PS content.

stuna1  +   1078d ago
Because it was also reported that Microsoft would also have exclusive specific to the 720 also.
JeffGUNZ  +   1078d ago
How do you know they don't have new IP's in the works? Microsoft has announced nothing about the next gen yet, so stop trolling.
JamieL  +   1078d ago
Every comment of yours I read on here is a "bitch move".
ceballos77mx  +   1078d ago
As long its not ME4, I don't care, but I'm thinking its Battlefield related, like they had with Activision.
Knight_Crawler  +   1078d ago
Considering that MS let ME1 go to the PS3 I would not be surprise if it is ME related.

Remember MS published ME1 and it was a surprise to see i go to the PS3...Maybe MS and EA made some kind of deal.
ceballos77mx  +   1078d ago
Well this could be the reason MS released the publishing rights to ME1, they probably made a deal.
JeffGUNZ  +   1078d ago
I wouldn't be surprised if it's an exclusive deal for Mass Effect. The new Mass Effect is a whole new story, if Microsoft was smart, they' jump on it and pay to get the entire series exclusive.
SDF Repellent  +   1078d ago
OMG, I totally forgot one of the greatest series during the xbox 1 era: Knight of the Old Republic!!!

The first two games were made by bioware (well, the second one was by another company, but you get the drill) and they were exclusive to the original xbox. Maybe, Microsoft have a partnership with EA to have Bioware to continue the franchise exclusively for the Xbox 720.
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DragonKnight  +   1078d ago
Nope. EA don't make exclusives.
PandemicPrawn0  +   1078d ago
The Old Republic is not doing to well for EA.

Perhaps bringing it to the next Xbox as an exclusive MMORPG could help recoup some of those losses?

@ DragonKnight. That's true. But Microsoft could have covered the cost to port it to the 720 or something. There are many ways they could have made it an attractive deal for EA. TOR has been a bit of failure for EA, the game could get a second chance on Xbox Live.
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DragonKnight  +   1078d ago
Not more than making it a multiplat, which is what EA does.
DragonKnight  +   1078d ago
They can cover whatever costs they want to, if you sell a game across 3 platforms you'll always make more money than 1. EA is all about the widest possible margin of greed.
PandemicPrawn0  +   1078d ago
@ DragonKnight.

I'm not going to argue with that. Selling a product over three platforms should gain more sales than being exclusive to one or two.

However. If Microsoft and EA have come to some sort of partnership then there is nothing any of us can do about it. If the Xbox gains exclusive or timed exclusive games & content that's just the way it is.

For all we know EA approached Microsoft with this deal, instead of the other way round?
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NastyLeftHook0  +   1078d ago
it will be a ps4 exclusive.
EffectO  +   1078d ago
Getting Respawn game would be incredibly smart(if the game is great).Respawn has bunch of very talented ex IW guys.

People should forget about Battlefied,COD or whatever sold great this gen.Next gen=reset and history is certainly not in favor of generational transfers.

Few examples,last gen vs this gen
Final Fantasy--sales decline
God of War---sales decline
GT---sales decline
GTA---sales decline

My prediction is that some other game will take COD spot and once the ball starts rolling...
ceballos77mx  +   1078d ago
I doubt it, if the game is a success, I doubt EA is going to let go the potential income from two consoles.
Drekken  +   1078d ago
I really don't know why I am bothering:

God of War = 4.45
God of War 2 = 4.07
God of War 3 = 4.52 million with the smallest user base.

Gran Turismo is almost at 9mil... This is with a smaller user base too so I really don't know what you are getting at.

Final Fantasy sold bad because the games were bad. If they ever make a good one again I am sure it will sell better.
Gamer-40  +   1078d ago
New Xbox very strong concurrency for Ps4, very strong.

BF4 and maybe CoD MW4 -Activision- timed exklusive for next Xbox, Sony ps4 huge problem start in USA.
This only a theory.
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Twinzclipz  +   1078d ago
Are you Stupid or What???
Jdoki  +   1078d ago
One of the biggest reasons I lost interest in my 360 was because MS were not investing in the types of games I wanted to play (post 2009). Buying exclusive DLC or timed releases, and creating TV adverts that make it appear the game is completely exclusive to MS is a strategy I can not get behind. - I want new IP and to see investment in areas I care about.

Note: I know I'm making a huge speculative leap here, but I feel pretty burned by MS' overall strategy for Xbox. I've supported them with the original Xbox and a Day 1 purchase of the 360. I won't be buying the next Xbox until MS give me confidence it will be a properly supported console rather than just trying to buy their way to the top.
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Obamanationn  +   1078d ago
if the consoles were to block used games , i think MS would put the technology in the console , release w/o restrictions and in a firmware upgrade block all used games after a year or so , then next console cycle theyll just go digital so they wont have to hear about how they fked over everyone
Jdoki  +   1078d ago
I agree it is likely the technology will be in the console.

The PS3 had this ability built in, I believe it's part of the Blu-Ray standard. they just chose not to activate it.

It's clear the publishers would like to see the used market crushed - but I think it helps more than hinders. They are using heavy handed tactics - with Season passes etc.

I can imagine EA, Activision etc can not wait for 100% digital distribution.
Prodigy-X  +   1078d ago
Not going to happen.
blackmamba707  +   1078d ago
MS exclusives :

Battlefield 4 DLC
Madden 14 DLC
Gamer-40  +   1078d ago
Not only DLC.
This is the problem. Money talks.
baldulf  +   1078d ago
Would Microsoft enter the circle of doom of everything EA related?
sway_z  +   1078d ago
No, no...NO! it is not game is DLC only....far as I'm aware EA sells more (BF3/Fifa) on PS3, you think the greedy buggers would be that dumb?!

..And who gives a rats tutu for DLC (except GTA series)....I have never ever found a game to significantly improve with DLC like COD/BF3 have been purchased like 2.5 times by the same the UK COD/BF3 is £40...then you get suckered into paying 5 instalments of £11.99 for DLC maps/perks?? ..and you feel you must buy it cos all your mates are on new maps!

DLC is worthless piece of junk designed to pillage even more monies from the consumer.

I'd be happier without it, so MS you are most welcome to allow co's like EA to rip off your customers 1st, that way PS4 users can see it coming and reject it if they so choose;)
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talisker  +   1078d ago
I won't be happy for timed BF4 DLC for Xbox but I wasn't really happy about BF3 timed exclusive for PS3 this gen. The Premium service made it even less noticeable. If the deal is only about timing, let them have it, I don't really care. If it's exclusive content, well, would be strange. BF3 sold just a bit more on X360 than on PS3 and much more people play it online on PS3 (meaning buying Premium and DLCs, renting servers).

Another possibility: if PS4 launches in EU later than US, they may have a time deal for until the EU launch. Microsoft would have something to brag about and nobody in EU would even care as you can't play a game without the console.

Having heard what the tech manager from EA said yesterday about PS4, it is impossible for them to make any big game totally exclusive.
baldulf  +   1078d ago
It would be fun to see an Xbox exclusive FIFA when the biggest FIFA fanbase is on the Playstation.

Just think in the meltdowns.
sway_z  +   1078d ago

...and I think we an expect the same dirty tricks from MS as this current gen...MS next box announcements and showcase at E3 thereafter will be all about how MS paid for exclusivity re; release dates and DLC. MS will never change!

Someday MS will be remembered as 'The corporation that killed video games'

...mark my words!
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Twinzclipz  +   1078d ago
and i Dont know how the Fuck Xbox fanboys can enjoy this Crap
XBOX = Will KILL VideoGames , because they dont care about his fanbase
clintagious650  +   1078d ago
MS is going to pull an Adtivision move I bet & get exclusive dlc to a huge EA franchise like they did with Adtivision with COD. Like i said MS will take the safe route & whatever can bring in money without having to rely on new ip's which is a 50/50 percent chance of being a bust or a success. Alan Wake & Lost Odyssy two great games come to mind which were great games but werent great sales wise to the eyes of MS & is prolly why we never seen a sequal. Lets see how this plays out.
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HarryB  +   1078d ago
They are not dumb enough to stop the sale of used games. If there no used games to buy then the price of digital and physical games will drop because more than half of people buying games buy it used. What they will do is make you pay to for a key that will give you full online access to a games multiplayer. Also I'm not buying ps4 just yet. I will however buy a gaming rig and play bf3 at full spec. And so I can be ready for watchdogs on pc. Plus valve is the scariest pc gaming company. They are cooking up something. I sense it. Half life3 this hear baby. And the counter strike 2 exclusives watch and mark my words. And I almost forgot homefront2 from crytek.
Gamer-40  +   1078d ago
New Xbox is doomed?

Look this theory:

EA games timed exklusive BF4, ME, Fifa etc.
Next-gen CoD timed exklusive.
3-4 new IP using UE4.
PGR 5.
Forza 5.
Fable 4.
Halo 2 remake.
Alan Wake 2.
Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes (multi)
Final Fantasy (multi)
Dark Souls 2 (multi)
New Xbox cheaper Ps4.

I think, next-xbox strong.
Once again! This only a theory! No offense!
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strigoi814  +   1078d ago
lots of microtransactions i guess...lolz
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oktob3r  +   1078d ago
Microsoft can have em and their micro transactions
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