EA, DICE axe mystery project

Citing falling current-gen game sales, the US publisher and Swedish studio cancel untitled PS2 Xbox game.

With the Xbox 360 on the market and the PlayStation 3 and Revolution expected this year, the days of current-generation gaming are clearly numbered. Sooner or later, publishers will cease developing titles for the Xbox, GameCube, and PlayStation 2 as interest in the venerable consoles wanes and current-gen prices drop.

Further evidence that the focus is already shifting away from current-gen development came last week. That's when Digital Illusions CE (DICE), the studio behind the ever-popular Battlefield shooter series, quietly informed the public that it had canceled an unidentified "licensed game" for the PS2 and Xbox.

"In the middle of October 2005 Digital Illusions signed an agreement to license the rights to Electronic Arts' studio in the UK to develop the Xbox and PlayStation 2 versions of its untitled game with release in 2006/ 2007," read a statement posted on DICE's Web site. "Due to falling sales for games to both consoles EA and Digital Illusions have decided to cancel the development of the product for these two platforms."

DICE also moved to preemptively quash any speculation that the mystery game's cancelation might be because of poor sales of Battlefield 2: Modern Combat, its only Xbox and PlayStation 2 game to date. "Digital Illusions' game Battlefield 2: Modern Combat for Xbox and PS2 has sold approximately 1 million copies to retailers until December 31, 2005," the company said. PSP and Xbox 360 versions of the game are due out later this year.

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52 comments
Spectre-123
Spectre-123

As long as MC comes on PSP, I'm okay with the cancellation.

dcoy8
dcoy8

nice, now dice can get battlefield on the ps3! do it!

BigBoss028
BigBoss028

whatever as long as it goes to the pc

WeeWeeJumbo
WeeWeeJumbo

"Declining current-gen sales?" Extremely fishy. The PS2 is one of the most successful game consoles in history, it's in nearly one out of three U.S. homes (or is it more than one out of three? I forget). How could it possibly be a safer bet to develop exclusively for the overpriced, underperforming next generation? Somebody's definitely telling less than the whole truth. That's fine with me, though; in my opinion, the current generation just isn't powerful enough for DICE's incredibly high hardware requirements. And nobody really cares about EA's travails anyway.

Aragorn33
Aragorn33

Oh no, now there's absolutely no shooters to play .

PackersRock
PackersRock

this kind of stuff is why i can't sleep at night (lol).

roonagraphics
roonagraphics

as gamers we should aslo expect a rapid decline of game publishers and developers to stop developing games for our current consoles and get ready for the next gen

roonagraphics
roonagraphics

not to worry this doesn't seem to be big of a deal to me and many other gmaers out there because prodessor platforms have already completed their tasks and thats to entertain us as gamers. now bring on the next gen baby i can't wait for the ps3 and the revolution

SystemLord187
SystemLord187

at least console gamers arent buying this broken peice of junk, BF2 is trash and a waste of money. so is EA for that matter.

blazinB
blazinB

everyone can shut up the ps2 and xbox will live on forever u here foreverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Mithrilwind
Mithrilwind

Too bad they didn't squelch all the current gen ports of BF2 when they had the chance. Such a waste of resources. Doesn't anyone else think a port to the PSP is simply laughable?

lookbehindyou
lookbehindyou

ps2 and xbox 1 are played out, get a xbox 360 with fight night round 3...you will smile

Reetesh
Reetesh

Now well Never get to know what it was. Maybe a Shooter, perhaps.But X360 version Of MC will be very good. cant wait to see how it turns up(graphics wise and Online gameplay wise)

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

if they didn't announce the mystery project, we wouldn't know it was axed :)

Cross_eye
Cross_eye

instead of canceling it why didnt they just move it to next-gen systems?...... well i guess theres going to be some things i never know about EA

jptd23
jptd23

I hope game company's don't stop yet from beting in current gen games. Some of us can't still afford the xbox 360 and the new/supposed next gen games or just don't want a xbox 360 and are wanting for the revolution or the ps3 and are still playing ps2 or another console and for that reason are still buying games for that consoles until the new ones arrive...

miiiguel
miiiguel

XB and PS2 are agonizing. Bring us something new!!!!!!

jovus88
jovus88

Like I care! I mean, there are a lot of good games that are still in production for curent gen consloes, one less or more !

boo_dat
boo_dat

jakeboudville typed: "i wonder what's the secret project " Yeah gee, I wonder...who gives a flying F%@K? Just another EA game that went to the gutter! What else is new? Erection Arts can burn in hell!!!

SpeedFreak14
SpeedFreak14

Quoted mikekare79 I got an idea. How about news about something we can care about, like Halo 3, a new GTA for the 360, or something on Splinter Cell. A New GTA for Xbox 360? its gona be doubtable, from what i've learned there still using standard DVD for x360, conbined with top notch graphics the xb360 is gona have one hella short GTA game.

akhorahill
akhorahill

EA fumbled at Battlefield for PS2 and now cancelled a "secret project" for the plataform. So what ? The PS2 is far from being outdated, buddy.

Redhead108932
Redhead108932

I bet it was some CRAZY kick @$$ game with like 100 players in one sever or something like that but we will never know now will we WHY DON'T THEY JUST TELL US WHAT THEY WERE WORKING ON!!!!!!!!

Belianth
Belianth

You'll see this more over the next couple months. With the amount of time it takes to put out a quality game they are looking at 9-12 months of development using an old game engine for any new game. That puts release at mid to end of 06' for any games that have been under production for current gen systems. Alot of 360's are going to be sold over the year so they may aswell spend the year on a 360 game and hope to get it out for xmas.

cyprus646
cyprus646

Ahhhh man i would of liked to play a generic fps that probably play's like black and battle feild 2 ; - (

yboucher
yboucher

"Falling current-gen sales" my ASS... EA's just looking everywhere to save money following their rightfully-deserved earnings drop.

locofootball67
locofootball67

i wish they would do another rallisport challenge game

paradyme777
paradyme777

Oh well, when one falls more shall arise except this time in tenfold

Proctar
Proctar

geez who didnt know this was gonna happen.

tenorio_rotc
tenorio_rotc

I don't understand, why would they not make a current gen game. There will be more PS2s Xboxes and GCs than the next gen systems.

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Game developpers should realize that not everyone is living in the "Next-Gen" yet.... too bad.

townsenda1
townsenda1

We were so close yet so far. It's all good. MC is still going to make it's stop this year so not too much to worry about.

Col_Kilgore
Col_Kilgore

I agree with your suggestion for mikekare, xxPantherxx. Maybe he should realize that the world doesn't revolve around him and stupid Halo. God I hate some fanboys.

rbarahona
rbarahona

That's bad news, but I think it makes sense. Probably they will move more resources to new platforms instead of supporting the current generation.

Impossibilium
Impossibilium

maybe now DICE can get back to concentrating on games that actually work fine when they hit the stores.

xxPantherxx
xxPantherxx

mikekare79.... your news will come... but for now... just punch yourself in the head till it happens

EqualPlatinum
EqualPlatinum

I know there are only a handful of current-gen games I'm playing or plan to play. What with the Zelda and the FFxii and whatnot.

XlpranksterlX
XlpranksterlX

Well the xbox 360 version of MC is still coming out this year so im strait.

mikekare79
mikekare79

I got an idea. How about news about something we can care about, like Halo 3, a new GTA for the 360, or something on Splinter Cell.

mr_lalli
mr_lalli

Too bad... herind is bad at starsky and hutch

fmcuk
fmcuk

A FPS cancelled?...... Don't worry, one hundred more-of-the-same, me-too-krap will fill soon its place.... Shoot....

fmcuk
fmcuk

A FPS cancelled?...... Don't worry, one hundred more-of-the-same, me-too-krap will fill soon its place.... Shoot....

Truth01
Truth01

It's all about the next generation