EA will develop current-gen games for "many years to come"

CFO Blake Jorgensen discusses challenges associated with supporting two console generations simultaneously.

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The next generation of gaming may be on many gamers' minds with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One finally seeing release, but Electronic Arts is not abandoning current-generation systems anytime soon.

Speaking during the UBS Global Technology Conference this week about the challenges of developing for two console generations simultaneously, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen explained that EA will support current-generation systems for "many years to come."

"How do you do both last-generation and new generation at the same time? Doing a new generation set of titles is always going to be a challenge, but we're also trying to produce [current-generation] titles and we'll be producing [current-generation] titles for many years to come," Jorgensen said.

The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 have each sold around 80 million units, while the Wii towers over them both at over 100 million units sold. Jorgensen said he expects more of these consoles to be sold in the years ahead, and perhaps at lower price points.

"We think that the consumer will continue to buy [current-generation consoles]," Jorgensen said. "We don't know what the prices for [current-generation] boxes will be after the new console rollout, but I'm assuming that they'll start to come down over time and that may be bring new people into the market."

Regarding the balance between supporting next-generation and current-generation simultaneously, Jorgensen said it's all about finding the right balance.

"You can't put all your talent on [next-generation consoles], because you still have to develop good [current-generation] games, and we're trying to make sure that we have a great experience for consumers across all platforms," he said.

Discussion

118 comments
renerak
renerak

Basically what they are telling me is, I don't have to upgrade my PC which is a bit higher spec than ps4 for a while, and hopefully I can max out all games.

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

Here's my worry: many games will continue to be developed for release on BOTH generations of systems, like Battlefield 4, COD: Ghosts, Assassin's Creed 4, Need For Speed: Rivals, etc.  We end up getting "next-gen" titles that are essentially held back in terms of gameplay additions and innovations because of the lack of power in the older consoles.  I won't be convinced that the new generation is worth buying into until we start seeing more games that can genuinely only be done on those newer systems.  Watch Dogs will be a good start, but at the moment, there isn't really anything coming up particularly soon that has me excited.  Even Titanfall is still launching on the 360, which worries me because I can't shake the feeling that certain features that could've made it into the final game for the Xbox One and PC likely had to be cut to ensure that it could be made to run on the older console.

cirugo
cirugo

Let's hope they're not around for "many years to come."

soulless4now
soulless4now

Not surprising, but okay Electronic Arts. 

dz99ls
dz99ls

I suspect that the "current gen" games will consist pretty much of only the sports titles. And this will slow as sales for the XB1 and PS4 continue to increase

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

Sadly, for us PC gamers, we knew this was coming. No matter whether it's developed for "next-gen" consoles and ported to PC, or last gen consoles and ported to PC, our machines are ALWAYS going to be getting less than they deserve coming from these big companies.

Save us, Chris Roberts.

AzureBonds76
AzureBonds76

Follow your nose (mollah), it always knows (EA).

hadlee73
hadlee73

Yes, EA will continue to develop current gen games on PS4 and Xbox One for many years to come. It will be 5 years before they actually make a next gen game :P

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

They still make FIFA on PS2, chances are current......well last gen now PS4 is out......gen is not going to be a problem is it?

Who actually still buys PS2 games that aren't bought for nostalgia? Or series completion?

ewjiml
ewjiml

While I applaud EA for supporting current gen systems, they only say that because they follow the money trail....and next-gen systems alone aren't profitable yet. 

Wrathesoul
Wrathesoul

"EA will develop current-gen games for "many years to come" One of the most depressing things I have heard in a very long time.

Creed02
Creed02

Good. more money for EA

JordanizPro
JordanizPro

Just because a game is cross gen does not mean it will be dumbed down. Take Battlefield 4 for example, Dice didn't make the PS4 and Xbone versions with a 24 player limitation. 

19James89
19James89

This one thing I praise EA for is their commitment to a whole range of platforms, this is the company which still supports the PS2 with FIFA titles. 


bat725
bat725

So, in other words, expect current-gen titles for next-gen consoles. No, thanks. Looks like I'll be buying mostly 1st party to get the most out of my ps4.

JordanizPro
JordanizPro

And another reason why i am not getting a next gen console until atleast 3 years. I think most of this generation will be multi generation because of how small the leap in power progress is between the new consoles and 360/ps3. There is a gap between the two generations of consoles but its not nearly like last gen.

smokeless_0225
smokeless_0225

....which is why EA is crap. Keep producing dumbed-down games while other companies create superior "next-gen" games.

theKSMM
theKSMM

Even more than the numbers of PS3 / X360 consoles still in use is the fact that those systems still hold up well against their predecessors.  The multi-generational launch titles play almost as well on the old systems as the new ones.  And while the difference between the two generations will grow as more games come out, I'm sure that there's still lots of fun gaming to be had -- at a great value -- on these seven- and eight-year-old consoles.

But for the record, the Wii is over...no more games are being made for it, not even from Nintendo.

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

Thanks EA, you really care for gamers, only you are looking to support this current generation, not like the greedy indie developers, they say PS4 is good for indie because the truth is they don't care about the "old devices", they go where the money is.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 have sold 80 million each. Since it will take awhile for Xbox one and PS4 to take over and become widespread. EA cannot ignore the 80 million console owners of the 7th gen consoles. Plus MS and Sony have promised to support a 10 year lifespan of these consoles. So 3 more years of PS3 and Xbox 360 games. So EA will make games for PS4 & PS3 and Xbox one & Xbox 360 So this makes sense since EA has to survive. Even if EA is a awful company. EA has to survive. 

Plus EA will continue to forget about Nintendo and the Wii U. EA will concentrate on Xbox brand and the Playstations


VarHyid
VarHyid

Is the title of this article a threat? ;)

LADIES_MAN_2013
LADIES_MAN_2013

How is this a bad news? There are many people who aren't able to/going to upgrade to next-gen. This is good news for them as it means they'll get to enjoy some new games too.

Stop being so selfish guys, really.

PinchySkree
PinchySkree

That's a lot of time to be picking up their games for <£5.

DinoBuster
DinoBuster

Dumbass. PS4 and XBOX1 are officially "current gen". PS3 and 360 are "last gen".

So what is Nokia NGAGE? I don't know.

zintarr
zintarr

Meaning if they are cross gen games they will be dumbed down.

DamnILoveGames
DamnILoveGames

Of course they're not going anywhere. They have to keep up that cancer analogy they've made for themselves.

jhcho2
jhcho2

Should have just said that EA can't pass up the chance to continue capitalizing on that 160 million (ps3 & 360) install base despite the ushering in of a new generation. Then, finish it off with "EA GREEDY. WE WANT MONEY!!!."

It would mean the exact same thing as what was stated above, but I would at least applaud them for their blatant honestly and having balls of steel.

Hurvl
Hurvl

As long as the PC port is based on the next-gen version, they can develop for current-gen all they want. I understand that some might be tired of the old consoles and wants something new, but you don't throw away a customer base that's over 80 million. It's also not fair to people who still want to play on their old consoles.

Horndawgie
Horndawgie

PS2 FIFA 14 was released, one of the last PS2 games, so at least they are still supporting it. And yes, some people even in the USA still play the PS2. Still have mine. It's so easy to hate on EA and jump in with the herd of sheep, but I give them credit for giving support . 

Riddick123
Riddick123

"You can't put all your talent on [next-generation consoles], because you still have to develop good [current-generation] games, and we're trying to make sure that we have a great experience for consumers across all platforms," he said.

How about focusing on one  and make a great game instead of a "good" game.  Make a great next gen game, then people will probably move up to the next gen.

lina_baby_doll
lina_baby_doll

EA will develop current-gen FIFA for "many years to come"

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

Will the characters look like they are made of plastic? 

West123
West123

@dz99ls what??? PS2 systems are still selling strong! i see more ps2 games on shelves than i do PS3 games and these are new games...yes africa

Zloth2
Zloth2

@dz99ls AAA titles will be supported for at least a year.  It takes that long for people to adopt the new technology.  In the meantime, the PS4/XBox1 will get spruced up ports for the most part.  (Just like PCs have been getting for years.)

renerak
renerak

@spikepigeo Hey atleast if they optimize nicely then I wouldn't care. But seeing as how AC4 could not maintain a smooth fps and kept jumping all over the place, its probably unlikely to happen. 

And if you keep complaining, all companies will do is give out poorely optimized shit with hyped up system requirements, just look at ghosts, basically it looks the same as black ops 2 and no better, but the req are inflated.

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

@theKSMM Agreed, and that's part of why this new generation is so underwhelming at the moment.  Yes, the games will start looking better and more will start being done in terms of gameplay advancements, physics, AI, etc., but right now, the older consoles are still where the money's at, and a lot can still be done on them.

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

@LADIES_MAN_2013 Assuming he's telling the truth.  I don't see how it will make financial sense more than a year or two down the road.  Two years after Xbox 360 was released, it was difficult to find any original Xbox games for sale.  Although now digital distro for last gen is an option.

nero2142
nero2142

@LADIES_MAN_2013  Yes this is sure great news , you can still enjoy new same cod ac games for years to come.

Eh i hope that Rockstar won't go this way

StokeMeAClipper
StokeMeAClipper

@LADIES_MAN_2013 Cross generation games have historically been a case of either dumbing down the newer generation version or having a game which the previous generation hardware can't do justice.

If they were to separately design games for the new and old generation that would mean that the games would be designed from the ground up to run on the target hardware. This would be a better approach, but I have a feeling that the older gen titles would receive less attention from devs than a game for the new gen. Also in terms of a series, the canon would most likely follow the new gen and the old system would most likely get a spin off.

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

@Hurvl Technology has never been fair.  Upgrade or get left behind.  That's just the way it works.  The reality is EA will only develop for current/last gen while it's profitable.  That 80 million customer base is going to start shrinking quickly.

jhcho2
jhcho2

@Hurvl  

Scaling will always hold gaming back. The problem about cross-generation is that devs will typically try to hit a sweet spot between both gens. That would also mean they won't tap additional power which is readily availabe if it can't run it on the previous gen. Imagine what would happen if the games we are playing today are mandated to run on the ps2 as well. Would we even have half of the games we had today? I know the gap was a lot bigger then than now, but you get the point.

Horndawgie
Horndawgie

@Hurvl Yep, like some of the poorer people across the world who still have only a PS2 but still want to play a more current game. I think it's good on EA.

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

@Horndawgie No kidding?  I just saw a new PS2 in the clearance bin for like $40.  Figured it must have been buried in a storeroom and they just dug it out.

Horndawgie
Horndawgie

@Riddick123 No, no matter what they do people will still hate. It's the nature of gamers. They could make a great game-which is relative, because I think FIFA 14 IS great- and people will still call it crap, because they're opinionated, biased, and have severe cognitive distortions. Your perception is based on your cognitve distortions. It may not be reality at all. Just what you think. This applies to everyone.