EA prepping mystery shooter?

CEO John Riccitiello says plan to reestablish footing in FPS market is on track with Crysis 2 and Bulletstorm--but that he's "very excited" about another unannounced title.

Today, Electronic Arts reported its earnings for the quarter ending December 31, 2010--and may have revealed the existence of a new first-person shooter in the process. As part of the report, the company revealed that its latest FPS, Medal of Honor, has shipped over 5 million units to date.

The figure marks the latest milestone in EA's effort to claim the FPS genre crown, which has rested squarely on Activision's head for the past several years, thanks to the Call of Duty franchise. EA CEO John Riccitiello referenced that struggle, saying his company did much better in calendar year 2010 than in calendar year 2009 with Medal of Honor and Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

Is EA cooking up a new FPS?

Riccitiello went on to say he expects EA to do even better in the FPS genre in 2011. Besides the fact the two aforementioned games are still selling, the publisher also has two high-profile shooters it is releasing through its EA Partners program: Bulletstorm, due out February 22, and Crysis 2, due out March 22.

After congratulating respective developers Epic Games and Crytek, Riccitiello then said EA is also prepping a "very exciting" FPS that the company is "not announcing yet." What exactly the shooter may be is unclear, but it definitely due before year's end.

One possible suspect is the Insomniac Games multiplatform title that was announced last May. Though not indentified as a first-person shooter, it is coming from the studio behind the Resistance series, one of the most acclaimed FPS series on the PlayStation 3.

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Freethinker101
Freethinker101

@johncantees I agree, Black was fantastic. Shane Black did say that when he left Criterion it was being worked on, and he has just been let go from Codemasters(I think).

Redhand7
Redhand7

i do believe its BF3 because they had the teaser after this article

johncantees
johncantees

@Shmackie Thats exactly what I was thinking too! Black was a GREAT FPS. the graphics looked like PS3/360 even though it was ps2/xbox. Plus the music and the story was great. Which leads me to another point. I'm about 99 percent sure that COD black ops stole their story from BLACK. Think about it. secret agent type guy stuck in a room, telling a story to another guy (which you play out level by level) and the main guy has memory problems in both games? C'mon now.

scarabD
scarabD

It's Duke Nukem Forever. Everybody is exciting about it !!?? haha

MajinBuXL
MajinBuXL

I figured on average, 1 out of 25 games published by EA is decent. Dead Space 2 was one of them and that came out not too long ago. Now its going to be a while before anything good comes out of EA again. I honestly doubt that Bulletstorm is going to be any good. Crysis 2 holds better promise I think but thats a ways away.

mikey1611
mikey1611

It's Battlefield 3. Unless they have something else under their sleeve.

CreatureRising
CreatureRising

@GabrielOnuris Well sir, Activision is a company that milks its series' for money and corrupts the players mind. EA on the other is realeasing quality work that increases the players IQ by 500 percent.

ownage404
ownage404

this is probably the game the 2 infinity ward men were working on u know the ones that got fired if it is then im so excited they call it the "call of duty killer"

andrew_ribbons
andrew_ribbons

EA seem to have finally dumped the stringent strain of Securom. I don't mind a bit of software management. CDKeys, online activation on first installs and background DRM systems like Steam don't bother me in the slightest. They do their job for the developers, without hindering me the user in any way. However when you get Ubisoft style "must be online at all times" bs, that's when i loose it because i'm sorry, that is a first rate way to maul a games sales right there. EA have been acting much more respectably lately. Their continued and consistant support of the PC as a viable gaming platform especially, has warmed me to them.

DDERME
DDERME

I really hope bf3 or crysis 2 doesnt have DRM ,and even if it does i really hope its rewokeable.

LordRaymond
LordRaymond

Probably either Respawn, Insomniac Games, or Dice.

XxSUPERSNAKExX
XxSUPERSNAKExX

@BAD-C0MPANY so you research about bad publishing? and yes I think activision may do that to their devs just for looking at the CoD franchise "its obvious", but tell me something, they may be bad to their devs but WE (every year) still buy their games-look like-last year games and you know why they still do it cause of us, I just bought Black Ops because all my friends got it just to play with them, CoD Black Ops is the most popular multiplayer yet, but not the best multiplayer and definitely not the best game. I agree with you all the way I was just asking a stupid question and yes I WAS JOKING!

Assassin300
Assassin300

Im hoping battlefield 3 has large maps for Jets. I miss jets :3

THELIT3
THELIT3

People, People plz! If your after a good game all we need to do it tell EA exactly what would revolutionize the FPS genre. Give them a summary of the story and tell them how many games it should span across. You can tell them what you want and how long the campaign should be. You tell them what characters you want. This was one of the key reasons the Halo franchise was so good. It starts out with Halo:combat evolved loved for its evolutionary graphics and story, Then came the game that shaped the online multi-player area thus making the games we see today possible. . For the sake of it reply to my comment and tell me in 50 words or less what you would like to see in an upcoming FPS and i'll send it to EA who will say this is "rubbish" then send it off to someone like Microsoft or Konami. Then that will become the ultimate game.

PeterDuck
PeterDuck

Is there really a need for Battlefield 3? The second one is pretty much perfect with the exception of same time kills in multiplayer and not having the ability to grow prone. But otherwise, the game will never get old.

namdar
namdar

Crap it just may be BF3 after all.... Why are they calling it a mystery shooter? Everybody knows BF3 is coming out at the end of the year this is old news. I figured it may be respawn but just as @wrestlingdude pointed out there is no way respawn would have a game ready for end of year? Could they?

namdar
namdar

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sabas10
sabas10

Well, the 2 known games coming out around that time are Medal of Honor 2 and Battlefield 3, but Insomniac Games could also be the one delivering something new, as MH2 and BF3 are both confirmed (not officialy, yet. But they are confirmed as WIP)

namdar
namdar

@milan4554 they are going to tell the press about a new title not release it, we may see some concept drawings... maybe thats it. DICE games are known to be flawed but they are still top notch compared to other games. Sure COD franchise is milking everything they can squeeze out. They can only slap the same name on the same engine so many times. DICE built their own engine from the ground up. Lets see any COD maker do that.

wrestlingdude
wrestlingdude

It's definitley Battlefield 3, you just watch! It's obvious because the next installment of Medal of Honor will take at least 1 more year due to the fact it came out this last fall. Look: If you own the new Medal of Honor game you get access to the Battlefield 3 Beta (duh), there's no other game that EA has been working "FPS" wise that would be ready before the end of the year. It's BF3 people!

NeonNinja
NeonNinja

Shooters are fine and all, but since when did EA decide to focus exclusively on that genre? Geez, Battlefield 3, Crysis 2, Medal of Honor, Bad Company 2, Bulletstorm, Respawn's shooter, Insomniac's shooter. Hell, even Mass Effect 2 is basically a shooter. What gives EA?

skipper847
skipper847

as long as its got more then 5 installs i will buy.

THORINATOR
THORINATOR

I hope they're going to announce an FPS from 'Respawn' to compete with MW3...that would be sweet. You never know, although they probably wouldn't have enough time to push out a quality shooter by the end of year.

fLaMbOaStiN
fLaMbOaStiN

They are gonna have a hard time getting the "throne" from Activision on this one.. Call Of Duty sold as much as MoH+BF2 combined in less then a few months lol.. The key to being FPS king on the market is offering a good multiplayer; something COD has been able to capitalize on since it introduced CONSTANT perks and unlocks.. After playing Crysis 2's online i doubt it'll be more then a 1-2month stint of people playing.. It's just no fun at all compared to Black Ops; but in EA/Cryteks defense it was only one map.. I can just tell with the lack of constant unlocks/perks/upgrades/ect that this games online won't click with most people already playing CoD.. And as for Bulletstorm i think it too will sale very well, but mostly like Crysis 2 it'll sale well because people will want to get their hands on the campaign mode.

DanteBlade-XIII
DanteBlade-XIII

I hope it's the next generation of "Black" which was released on the previous generation of consoles. Phenomenal game that pushed the boundaries of the Xbox and the PS2. I've been waiting for a sequel to Black for ages.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

insert [s****y] in between "prepping" and "mystery"

Kevin75
Kevin75

Could it be Battlefield 3? I don't know Dice says it is readying another outing in its popular series. Maybe it is one of those games that went into stasis never to heard from again. Maybe it is They? That would be sweet.

AJDav
AJDav

Timesplitters 4 would be nice... you know, something different for once!

KH3please
KH3please

Could this please not be another Modern Warfare clone, or am I asking for too much? Perhaps something original?

hakkinnen
hakkinnen

Funny how everyone complains about FPS's yet it's the most popular genre this console generation.

Lionman363
Lionman363

Please do not make a Medal Of Honor sequel. It was short, uninteresting and the multiplayer was generic. Games like that do not belong in a franchise like Medal Of Honor.

GabrielOnuris
GabrielOnuris

Electronic Arts, Activision.... What's the difference?

therickmu25
therickmu25

Let me guess it will have 1. Perks 2. Kill streaks, 3. Customizable classes 4. Focused only on Multiplayer EA would think I'm a mind reader if they saw this comment.

badman11226
badman11226

Hey EA dont forget to charge people 10 bucks to play online who buy ur games used.

Stressthesky
Stressthesky

So, another shooter to pass time in between the good games, eh?

vader501st
vader501st

Cound't care for any other shooter from EA other than Crysis 2, to be honest. Can't wait for it to come out. Let's just hope this new game is better than MoH, at least.

omid_ghost
omid_ghost

Great ! it's rally good news...FPS is my kinda game and i hope EA gives us bad company 3 this year...FPS is the most exciting genre of the gamer ever...

F0ZZY
F0ZZY

save us from Call of Duty!, please!

Czech895
Czech895

Oh yay, another shooter exactly identical to every other shooter ever.

otaviogalileu
otaviogalileu

Thorsen seems to have forgotten about the similar deals with Respawn and Bungie, both known for their FPS titles - even though Respawn hasn't released anything yet, the people who are part of the studio are known for their work at Infinity Ward. I would personally like to see this new IP from Bungie, which is bound to be good But if while he stated that EA has a very exciting FPS on the works he meant that they only have ONE FPS - other than Battlefield 3, Crysis 2 and Bulletstorm of course - in development right now its assumed that two of those three studios are developing something different! It seems more feasible - to me - that Bungie or Insomniac would develop something different from an FPS game...

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

I'd rather see EA make an original game than Battlefield 3 or Respawn or something else. Make a game that's going to flip the FPS on its lid - make one that will be remembered for revolutionizing the genre in a new and creative way. But this is lolEA we're talking about, so I'm just going to expect one of these sequels instead (which isn't necessarily a bad thing, I just wish they would take a risk for once).

kenken2g
kenken2g

Battlefield 3 or something from "Respawn"...

KojiAce
KojiAce

Could only give a damn about Bf3. Nothing sparks any interest whatsoever, fools seem to opt for CoD and Respawn is same old same old.

santinegrete
santinegrete

This reminds me... you still keep the System Shock publishing rights EA?