Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter has told GamesIndustry.biz that he believes the deal seeing Electronic Arts buy Pandemic and Bioware, should pay off - although there is some risk.
"If Pandemic and Bioware continue to be as productive in the future as they have been in the past, revenues should easily hit the required level. However, much of their past revenue came from games like Neverwinter Nights, Baldur's Gate, and the Star Wars games. The first two franchises are somewhat tired and are PC-centred, while the last one will likely not be licensed by EA going forward."
"It's possible that either Neverwinter Nights or Baldur's Gate can be turned into MMOs, and both would likely do quite well, but neither Pandemic nor Bioware has had success in that area in the past - few have."