When John Riccitiello became the chief executive officer of Electronic Arts, he brought with him a unique strategy: focusing on quality titles, rather than quantity.
What new ips?
Well, let's see. Mirror's Edge, Dead Space, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Skate, Rock Band, Army of Two, to name a few. (from 2007-2010)
They are the top games selling company most of the year, Activision can only bet them with COD and warcraft, almost everything else Acti is publishing bombs. And EA still milk sports games, they are bringing a Dragon Age sequel quicker than expected.
Well when you think about. He put the only team that was able to compete head to head with CoD on Mirror's Edge and a console only spin-off of battlefield. I like new Ip's and Mirror's Edge but messing with DICE was his downfall. it's like sitting Jordan 5 minutes into the game Cod Vs. DICE CoD 1 was fun but overshadowed by 1942 cod 2 was a contender but overshadowed by bf2 cod 3 was terrible and was easily outdone by 2142. cod 4 has zero competition from DICE when it launches. Cod4 and TF2 are instant classics. Cod 5 WaW has no competition from DICE Cod 6 MW2 has no competition for a few months. Bad decisions on IW/Acti's part leaves an opening for bc2 to become an "annoyance". Cod 7 BO Will have nothing to worry about with MoH. CoD once again has zero competition. CoD 8 will be competing with Battlefield 3. BF3 WILL lose if it comes out multiplat. Armchair Analyst Mode: EA/DICE needs to bring out BF3 PC only and show off next-gen gaming warfare not limited by consoles. Sure you can argue that this hurts sales but the damage is done. The chink in the dragon's armor is exposed and CoD becomes yesterday's news. BF4 can be introduced on a new console and the console crowd will be chomping at the bit to get a piece of Battlefield. As it stands no multiplat shooter will beat CoD this gen. A shooter needs to beat CoD in the pc realm first. TF2 is a perfect example but will never be realized on consoles because Valve doesn't want to charge console (xbox) gamers for DLC because M$ requires it. Back on Topic. I hope he gets sacked. And no I don't care about him being unemployed he'll end up with a severance package worth millions like all CEO's nowadays -_-
More Mirror's Edge would be fantastic. I loved that game, more variety from the usual generic first person shooters of this generation. Even now it still stands out from the rest, not many devs have come up with something so new and refreshing as Mirror's Edge. DICE really knows how to make great games.
this is what i hate about this industry. I LOVe new IPs, but people seem to buy only generic sequels.
EA if you do this its a bad move. new and creative IPs is what keeps the industry from getting stale which is happening now with shooters, after shooters after shooters. please let's keep the creativity alive in the industry and not kill it.
I only started buying EA games when they started getting creative. if you had read my comments going back 4 years or so, I was constantly bashing EA and never owned any EA. Mirrors edge and Dead Space changed all that for me. I like the direction they have gone and I think they deserve more support then Activision. I just don't understand who these people are that want to keep buying the same old crap over and over, never supporting truly great games like dead space. i hope this does not happen.
although their annual sports game is still annoying but FIFA in particular has improved a lot and right now hailed as the best football game and I'm loving it! games like Dead Space, Mirror's Edge, BO: Paradise, Dragon Age, Brutal Legend, Dante's Inferno, DeathSpank, Shank etc, are like fresh air to the all time generic market! it's sad to see people keep supporting rehashed CRAP year over year over new IPs which are sometimes/many times REALLY REALLY GOOD! you can hate EA over their sports game all you want but in terms of quality new IPs, besides Sony, EA is next in line as the best! screw Bobby Kotick & Co.
I say good for him theose are some great games and new ips are welcomed. Some of those are huge successes and massive franchises now so ea would be retarted to think its bad
I don't really give a shit that EA have been creating new IPs. Their DLC milking is ridiculous.
Kotick is the devil! how much the map packs cost again? oh oh...and removal of mods and dedicated servers from MW2 but hiking the retail price!
Dead Space, Mirror's Edge, Skate Those just to name a few that started with THIS generation are new IP
Any news on Mirror's Edge 2?
I'm certainly not holding my breath on that one. EA isn't the kind of company to let a sequel slip away for very long if there's money to be made. I think if they were gonna make it, it would have been announced already. A quick Google search tells me that Mirror's Edge has in fact sold over 1 million copies, so I guess it didn't tank. Still, I'm doubtful we'll see a sequel for it. I think it's one risk too many for them at the moment.
I bought it for PS3 and PC plus the DLC. I feel like I did my part to support Mirror's Edge. I really hope there is a sequel. I loved the original.
I think he did a great job
God damn Shareholders don't.
The problem is when EA stopped milking things (not counting the sports games) they did it at a bad time. They tried to get creative when the economy was at its worst point in years. Granted, it's a wonderful thing they tried to do, but not economically friendly. Activision is surviving right now BECAUSE they aren't trying to bring creativity but instead are milking everything. And to be bluntly honest, that gaming industry is in a very sad state when creativity and innovation are shunned and greed and milking are rewarded. This is why I said years ago Activision is better built to survive in the economy we live in BECAUSE they milk stuff EA gained a great deal of respect for bringing things like dead space and mirror's edge...but..respect and fan love don't always pay the bills
i hope people understand (or whoever needs to) that this is a good long term strategy.. it may not pay off right now.. but in the future will leave EA in a good position.. i really want to support this guy
But just like the article says, investors are very short term thinkers. And yeah, a lot of them have this "now now now" mentality with a total lack of patience. And yes, like you said, in the long run and Grand Scheme of things, the creativity and innovation is better for EA as a whole. But will stock holders wait long enough?
I think it is funny that people call it "milking", but at the same time say that the "milking sells" the product. Doesn't the fact that the product sell mean that it isn't milked! So here we have a clear example of what is going on. One company with new IPs, the CEO might get sacked. The other company with sequels is doing relatively great! I love new IPs, but unfortunately the customers have spoken!
He transformed EA for the better, look at Dead Space, Mirrors Edge, Bad Company 1 & 2, Skate, Mass Effects, Dante's Inferno, MOH... And look at how FIFA and Madden have been reformed since he took over.... Shame on you EA if you get rid of him.
This is the man who brought EA out of the shit-stain it was on the industry 5 years ago. We owe a lot of great games to this guy.
What he said!!
If you had told me 3 years ago that I'd be defending EA today, I woulda called you a dirty liar. Their focus on new IPs like Dead Space and Mirror's Edge were the driving force in my change of heart towards them. It's a shame that these same decisions have contributed to their nuts hanging over the fire today. It's really sad that reshuffling a deck of mediocrity on a yearly basis (ie. CoD) is what gets rewarded the most in this industry. People who actually try to do new things are typically punished for it financially. The best thing people can do to make sure our industry continues to thrive is to support new IPs.
GO OUT AND SUPPORT GOOD TITLES PEOPLE.
This is what CoD has done to visionaries like him.
I hope not. EA has really lifted itself out of the hateful milking company of the last gen to one which is pushing out really good titles.
It's great to see a lot of gamers realising what EA have been doing since he took over , they've really turned a corner and getting rid of him will for gamers be a bad thing , EA will go back to only producing generic, yearly updated titles that are no fun but make them a fortune thanks to licensing.
dead space, army of two, dantes inferno, bf franchise, mirrors edge, the saboteur, spore, sims, ea sport line up, skate, moh, crysis, nfs franchise, command and conquer, dragon age, mass effects, warhammer, lotr, etc etc etc etc. this guy is a genius for keeping all these franchise alive. yet we treat the gaming industry by buying the same old shit over and over again. oh look... its cod with new perk... lets buy it... jerk!
Theres only a handful of publishers capable of bringing out new IP of a AAA quality.
I remember years ago bashing and hating EA. But then suddenly everything changed. I started to like EA and hate Activision. This guy did a great job.
I wonder if Activision got a new CEO, would they change .
I know i'd rather play Dead Space than the new Medal of Honor. Yet on the other hand i'd rather play NHL11 than Army of Two. Needless to say the industry needs new ideas even if not all of them are good ones.
but the graphical style, i felt let it down and having no weapon in the demo, bad idea Dead Space, the character seems to walk with a hump, im surprised his b+++h azz, and his b+++h azz weapons made it passed the first level, hes just underpowered and not cool i noticed a difference between fifa o9 and 10 but fifa 11 has nothing new ea standards are low this gen from what i played, battlefield had potential, but the tank driving, heli driving sucked, and i think they even had one destructible building in there, what blew up like some pre animated piece of s++t yall can kiss eas azz, but i certainly won't
No weapon in the demo? So basically you briefly played the demo of Mirror's Edge, completely missed the point of the game, and have never actually played through it. Correct?
this dude has changed EA around for the best.....
I think EA has been a much better company this gen, and I've actually bought quite a few EA games. Mirror's Edge and Dead Space are examples of awesome games and new IPs which I think deserve alot of sales. I'll continue to support EA so long as they keep up the good work, and I look forward to DS2 and hopefully, Mirror's Edge 2.
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