Q&A: Freestylin' with EA Sports' Peter Moore

Division president chats with GameSpot about sports games on the Wii, sports-game DLC, and the future of organized motorsports.

If there's one thing EA Sports president Peter Moore knows more than English football, it's how to evangelize for his present employer. GameSpot caught up with Moore last night at the EA Sports Season Opener in San Francisco, and the loquacious gaming exec offered his take on many of the challenges and opportunities his division is currently facing.

Peter Moore

One of EA Sports' biggest pushes in 2008 was its new Freestyle brand, which offered a more-casual, arcade-style gaming experience over the game maker's more-traditional simulation fare. According to Moore, the Freestyle brand presented a number of lessons for EA Sports, especially on the Wii.

"I think we're learning," he said. "And while I would still again do things like FaceBreaker and...Celebrity Sports Showdown, we would probably, in retrospect, do them slightly differently. But I don't in any way regret trying." Moore also noted that currently "there are no games on the portfolio right now," but he expressed optimism over the label's future.

Moore also addressed Nintendo's upcoming Wii MotionPlus add-on, which EA Sports plans to fully support with the launch of Grand Slam Tennis and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 on June 16. Recognizing that Nintendo has yet to officially announce a launch date for the peripheral, Moore said the two games will still be playable, even if Nintendo hasn't yet brought the MotionPlus add-on to market.

"When Nintendo is ready to ship the MotionPlus attachment, the games are ready to go," he said. "You plug it in. The game recognizes the attachment, and you're ready to go. Regardless of when they're shipping, we'll be shipping a game that is compatible."

For the full interview, in which Moore also offers his take on the future of organized motorsports games at the publisher and the increasing prevalence of sports-game DLC, check out the GameSpot Sports Beat column.

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18 comments
thekey
thekey

Man I like this guy but man he is the death of quality products. (Dreamcast, xbox 360 RROD, EA with no hits etc.) Dang when will it end?

aura_enchanted
aura_enchanted

okay people were going to shape up our act, and make ourselves 100 times more dignified but in order to cont. with budget and tradition still make bad games XD

msudude211
msudude211

@Cheif_Kuuni - I'm pretty sure it's an attachment for the WiiMote that makes your movements more precisely read by the game.

ftjx
ftjx

Freestyle!? never heard of it, though I do remember EA BiG. Is this the same thing...?

Chief_Kuuni
Chief_Kuuni

hmm, what is the motionplus attachment?

maverick_76
maverick_76

Wait, I thought all the sports games were casual, arcade-based Blitz-a-thons......he seriously thinks Madden is real, BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

noles82
noles82

It's nice to see EA taking a break from monopolizing the sports video games franchise, raping the Lord of the Rings market, and spitting out the next 6.5-rated game to answer stuff that's on our mind.

Inconnux
Inconnux

@07pops07 There are tons of good games out there... I pick and choose with care what games I buy and I refuse to give money to a company that believes that I am a criminal. Missing out? I highly doubt it as I have had a lot of fun playing the games of EA's competitors. Every article concerning EA is about Securom and EA's business practices. When they treat their customers with respect then I (and many others) will start buying their games again.

07pops07
07pops07

no one cares about this article it doesnt really say much

steveroger
steveroger

7 comments, 2 of them mine, nobody cares about this guy anymore.

07pops07
07pops07

@Inconnux is this bout securom is this about the pc no it about ea sports titles on consoles mostly. also you probly allready baught a game from ea this year and dont know it have fun missing out on alot of games

steveroger
steveroger

Facebreaker sucked. Moore should be fired.

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

Im hopeful of EA taking the Wii seriously but sceptical after the screen shots of Deadspace.

scja25
scja25

Peter Moore is awesome

Inconnux
Inconnux

Q: Will you continue to infest computers with Securom? (if so I will continue not buying your products!)