EA has "very good" relationship with Sony

Despite publisher's multiple Xbox exclusivity deals, labels boss Frank Gibeau insists company is platform agnostic.

Though Electronic Arts has a number of Xbox exclusivity deals in place, the publisher has a "very good" relationship with Sony, EA Labels president Frank Gibeau told CVG in a new interview.

Any perception that EA favors the Xbox over the PlayStation is false, Gibeau said.

"We're changing nothing in our policy about being platform-agnostic," Gibeau said. "One of the things that struck me this week is how a tactical deal with one of our platform partners has been blown out and perceived as strategic tilt--that's a messaging error on our part. There is no strategic tilt."

Respawn Entertainment's Titanfall, published through the EA Partners program, will be released only on Xbox consoles, while Battlefield 4 downloadable content will debut first on the Xbox One. In addition, Peggle 2 and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare will appear first on Xbox systems.

In addition, all Xbox One preorders in Europe will include a free copy of FIFA 14.

Gibeau added that PlayStation and Xbox are both "very important" to EA and that he would like to see both platforms succeed in the future.

"Sony has been executing exceptionally well on the next-gen transition," he said. "Their hardware's hot, they're clear and disciplined and consistent with their policies, they are showing some amazing things with indies; so overall I couldn't be more pleased with how they're executing."

Finally, Gibeau said, "It's a long cycle, and certainly there's potential with Sony exclusivity deals too."

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox One go head-to-head when both consoles launch in November.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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jay_rock_
jay_rock_

I'am not hearing that they do favorite M$ !! 

Remi2521
Remi2521

Respawn Choose Xbox Not EAAnd They Did It Because They Make Fps And Xbox Is The Best SysteM To Play Those Games on. Sony Is The Best Place To Play jrpg

KustomCulture
KustomCulture

im curious to see ea's exclusives to sony that he mentioned will come :)

mulatto79
mulatto79

thats the reason im not buying games from EA if i buy i will get it used they will not gonna see my money ps4 ever.... 

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

Do publishers actually care if any console "wins" or "loses"? They get their game sales either way, whichever console its on.

CoUGHB
CoUGHB

I don't believe it. Prove it with action. Granted, there can be understandable reasons as to why EA offers a better deal for X1 users, I just have no reason to believe them at this point. In instances like these, I really hate exclusive content.  

binbin90
binbin90

the only reason I can think of is that Microsoft paid EA for exclusive deals...........I think...:/

frostbite2user
frostbite2user

no ea is lying and they do favor xbox one because of the policies that will make ea money, well ms made a booboo and now they are stuck with a less powerful system with no different policies than sony and they cannot go back on their contracts...good job ea

coolguyhero
coolguyhero

thatswhy EA showing crappy graphics on PS4 during the game shows.

Uesugi-dono
Uesugi-dono

If Frank Gibeau said it you can bet it's duplicitous.

raziel2kain
raziel2kain

at the beginning of this generation, M$ was dealing with japs for those JRPGs on x360. that plan failed. example: 

x360 tales of vesperia on 2008 on all regions sold HALF the 2009 ps3 in  japan only !!!

now, M$ is dealing with EA ( the one company that many gamers really hate)

WILL THIS PLAN FAIL AGAIN?

tightwad34
tightwad34

Of course EA wants to, or needs to, keep a partnership with Sony. It's just that MS and EA almost go hand in hand, when it comes to greed and control that is.

GezForce
GezForce

" The PlayStation 3 and Xbox One go head-to-head when both consoles launch in November"

journalism at its finest.   OT 3rd party exclusives are annoying, all they achieve is deprive the gamers of experiences that they should be able to enjoy on their chosen platform. 

telaros
telaros

What a kiss ass xD

You back MS for the rights to bank on Indies and help push the DRM extreme policies you wanted, and suddenly you "Have a great partnership" with Sony?

Well, DUH!

What game maker is going to go out and say "F U SONY! MS AND I ARE GONNA KICK YOUR BUTTS!"? EA is nobodies 'friend' they are just Wife who cuddles with you at night, but while you're off at work she's off getting worked over by your neighbors :P

Companies like EA and Squaresoft, to name a couple, will hold out as much as possible to get bribes/offers for exclusives to whoever holds the biggest numbers.

Don't care what games you release EA, you're still on my blacklist for as long as you dare to add micro-transactions in your games. And force us to use Origin. And continue to sell us shite DLC.

You know what? Yeah, I just don't like you, EA. =(

DaWarthog
DaWarthog

Bull Shit! But EA giving Shitbox exclusives means nothing to me because I refuse to support EA anyway.

abnergoinbig
abnergoinbig

All this means is that Titanfall will come to PS4 later. It's inevitable. I hope to see more 3rd party exclusives this gen, though for both consoles. I won't bet on it though.

straightcur
straightcur

Initial deals with Xbox, due to aligning visions of how to screw over your customers.  Now that Xbox has backed off those policies, EA now wants to "make-up" with Sony.

Soleride
Soleride

ps3 and xbox one go head to head in november i am sure he meant ps4 lol

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

EA needs to die...They always try to stay relevant by kissing the ass of who they perceive to be on top. They first thought it was Microsoft so they  tried to push this Drm crap and side with them. Now they see the public has caught on to their shit so now they Kiss Sonys ass..I say EA MUST die! They have nothing in terms of innovation to offer to the industry anymore, theyre thieves, The quality of their games just inst there, and they dont give a shit about gamers except for taking advantage of them.

beardface21
beardface21

Too bad EA's customer relationship ranges from horrible to shit.

kohle36
kohle36

This is purely speculative, but I'm wondering if the 'slant' in EA support towards the X1 is a result of MS's originally planned DRM and check-in policies. I mean, these projects were cemented long before the reversals, and it's not like EA doesn't love this sort of shit. Maybe it was a cookie for the platform that was willing to implement more of the garbage policies they've been pushing for years?

On a related note, now that the platforms are essentially at policy parity, I'd be shocked if Titanfall didn't end up on PS once their exclusivity contract with MS expires (typically 1 year). EA may like DRM, but they like money even more, and if PS4 ends up with the sort of install base it's looking to generate, I'd be amazed if we didn't end up with a PS4 port with some added stuff.

kohle36
kohle36

Playstation 3 launches in November? I guess being an editor doesn't actually mean you have to 'edit' anything.

*Slowclap* for Eddie!

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Well at least Xbox One gets a pack in game. Fifa 2014 in Europe. I suppose other than England Microsoft needs to promote the Xbox One in Europe. The Xbox One stronghold is U.S.A, So they need Europe and the PAL regions to embrace Xbox One. Japan and Asia won't. Sony and Nintendo strongholds.

Vegapunkx
Vegapunkx

"The PlayStation 3 and Xbox One go head-to-head when both consoles launch in November" lol

BoozerX
BoozerX

We are platform agnostic. 

We only believe in money.

hadlee73
hadlee73

That's a bit like sleeping with a hooker, and then coming home and telling your girlfriend "Oh you're alright too!" :P

Martyr77
Martyr77

EA realizes that Microsoft is on the downturn because of their spy camera Kinect and the fact that they tried to screw over their own fanbase. They are trying to suck up to Sony right now since the PS4 is in the lead. They will go to whoever will allow them to suck the most money from. I hate EA lol.

Kisalon
Kisalon

@Remi2521 Best system and best system... Nothing beats a PC, never has never will. But then again.. its all a personal choice i guess. :)

Dresden05
Dresden05

@jrabbit99 When TitanFall only sells 250,000 copies instead of 1 million because it's on the Xbox1 and not PS4 they will care.

That's a lot of money they will miss out on and if Xbox1 doesn't pick up on sales someone will probably get fired. 

frostbite2user
frostbite2user

@raziel2kain i really wish someone else owned battlefield but i have to buy it from those ea people because they are the only ones that own it......dangit

CoUGHB
CoUGHB

@GezForce It's odd how often people state PS3 instead of PS4. I do it often too lol. Our mind must find it challenging for some reason. 

frostbite2user
frostbite2user

@GezForce and lose the company money they could be getting im surprised ea let this happen with titanfall oh wait they thought there would be drm but xbox flip flopped and now ea is stuck with their contracts

deadly_yank33
deadly_yank33

@Kisalon @Remi2521 the fact I can lay on the couch or in my bed and game laying down beats anything the pc can offer me...don't care about slightly better graphics or more players for battlefield.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Kisalon Totally forgot about them. I usually don't think about them because I don't think I have ever bought any of their games because I don't game on a PC. But, from what I read and hear they have are on a route to greed land.

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

@Kisalon @tightwad34 

Yeah, Blizzard, or Activision Blizzard as they're known nowadays, aren't who they used to be.

I miss 90's Blizzard, they were cool back then.

Remi2521
Remi2521

The Only Reason Xbox One Got Titanfall Is Because It Needs To Always Be OnLine Like Destiny even Its Campagn Must Be Played onlinE Plus Xbox Has The Cloud At Its Disposal.

deadly_yank33
deadly_yank33

@frostbite2user @Soleride haahha yeah in the minor leagues compared to xbox one...

the ps3.5 has like 3 launch exclusive games (knack, driveclub and killzone) and way too many indie games for my liking....also has the poorstation network..which sucks

Kisalon
Kisalon

@tightwad34 @Kisalon To bad mate... they used to be good in the 90's as arc_salvo said.. but that changed as it does with all companies that have success now adays sadly.. :)