The traditional 4-to-5-year console cycle that gave game developers ample time to prepare for technology changes is "gone forever" says EA CEO John Riccitiello, whose company has been reinventing itself for the digital age.
I personally believe this is a good thing. Though I think they should use the digital age to there advantage.Like burnoute where it shows you what the dlc is. or they could update the game with abit of thes sequal let you play some of it then you have to pay the price of the game for the rest
EA is just saying Enjoy more downloadable content. Nothing new and nothing cool from this. Origin will provide it. Has nothing to do with console eras.
Yes EA.... Dragon Age 2 is a clear indication of how you see the new dev cycle should be.... 18 months is all we need to sell 2 million+ copies of rushed crap.
. How long before these guys come up with there own console...they are well on there way. The only problem is M$, Sony and Niny have 200 million consoles out there...O_o The on line deal is a lot easier to implement and I expect all the big pubs to create their own on line ecosystem like Steam and now origin...cut out the middle man and hog all the profits. Next up Activision, then Ubi and THQ. I hope Activision out bids EA on the sport licences the next time they come up...how sweet would that be.
"I hope Activision out bids EA on the sport licences the next time they come up...how sweet would that be." And you think the franchises are milked now. If Acti got hold of them, there'd be all sorts of extra charges.
Why would EA invest in a console, it would be like throwing money on a fire. Modern consoles take billions of $$$ to launch and don't turn profits for years even with tonnes of third party licencing. EA is a forward looking company which is why they are investing in growth markets like mobile, social and DD. And the next thing will be cloud gaming, consoles are in decline and are unlikely to be a major factor in gaming in 10-15 years.
It doesn't make any sense for EA to create a console. It takes huge chunks of cash and not only that you have now limited your userbase. The days of the Playstation 2 are over where you have one console dominating the market and every 3rd party publisher like EA creates exclusive content for it. The market has changed and EA knows this. I personally think Origin will fall flat because of Steams history with fans. However EA will use their own games as leverage like they did against Sega and the Dreamcast. This won't affect console owners this time. EA is now battling those who provide a service such as Steam because that is where the real battlefield is now. Apple has done very well with their own ecosystem and EA hopes to capitalize of that with Origin. These online passes are also a way to identify who these companies are. EA has been doing this for awhile now so each time you log on or use an online pass the name EA is there. It's also why EA made a deal with Microsoft and XBOX Live to be able to run their own servers alongside the XBOX Live servers. Thankfully we still have options. I see sales all the time on Steam but Origin not so much. However there are far more players from Apple to Sony to Microsoft to Nintendo and to Android. It will come down to who provides the best service and the best value. The hardware itself will be less and less important as time goes by.
Why Activision. They don't seem to care about sports. Just Take Two on the other hand is making sports games.
the guy has a demented smile lol
You think that's demented? http://www.extraguy.com/ima... Now I can't go to sleep :/ iiittss tttooo scaarrry :...(
They both look incredible evil to be honest
Not for PC devs and Valve.
agreed, especially the Valve part.
Put back commander mode in the PC version of BF3 damnit.
It's the ps3's fault because they aren't dominateing like last gen if the ps3 was dominating the 360 this gen then the 4 to 5 year console cycle wouldn't be gone. Sony would of released the PS4 in 2011 or 2012 because they know that Microsoft lost the war and theres no point and Microsoft would of done to the 360 what they did to the original xbox stop supporting it and try again next gen with a headstart Microsoft knows that they're comfortable with releasing their next console but Sony won't be like Microsoft whith Xbox 1 they won't quit on the ps3 and they won't move on to next gen and if the ps2 had struggled with xbox like this gen then the ps3 and 360 would have released in 2007 or 2008
Sony said from the start they expected a ten-year life for the PS3. Why would they cut it down to five, ESPECIALLY since they only THIS YEAR ended production of their last console? If you really wanna think about it, Microsoft lost already. Yeah, they're ahead for THIS GEN consoles, but Sony has been producing TWO consoles until this year. The pretty much means they've been competing with themselves. Though I'm certain people will cry foul, there's absolutely no reason why new sales of the PS2 should be discounted because it's not part of this generation.
The 10 year cycle doesn't mean they won't release another console within that time. It means they'll continue to support the PS3 even after the PS4's inevitable launch. The PS2 is still getting games. 10 year cycle does NOT mean no PS4 until 2016.
The PS2 is no longer getting games... well, aside from a sports game here or there. The PS3 is just at its halfway mark. In another five years, it'll be where the PS2 is now. And if they release the PS4 too much before that, the PS3 will be hurting the sales of its successor. Granted, not having a PS2 to buy doesn't mean that someone would have bought a PS3 instead, but the lack of one less competitor couldn't hurt. In order to prevent that from happening, the likely date is probably around 7-8 years into the PS3's life. That is to say: 2013-14.
I was dissapointed EA bought Popcap and Origin is just another annoying extra service like Games for Windows Live- I'll stick with Steam thank you. Saying that, EA's other ventures are pretty solid these days. I'd be very happy to see the current generation continue for a couple of years as I still have a big list of games to work through with a stupidly strong lineup for the rest of the year only making it worse.
I used to think EA was the best 3rd party publisher this gen, they released the most new IPs and had a lot of strong franchises. Then they published Crysis 2 and allowed 360 owners to suffer half the game being literally broken by a terrible graphical glitch. EA and Crytek screwed many 360 owners.
Tell that to Nintendo. They seem to think the cycle is the same as its always been. They have really caught Sony and M$ on the back foot, they same as M$ did to them and sony when they announced the 360...
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