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EA Exec Criticizes HD Remasters

"We don't do that here. I don't think that's ever been in our culture"


While Microsoft, Sony, Capcom, and Activision have all released HD remasters of their back catalog games for new-generation consoles, don't expect Electronic Arts to follow suit. In a new interview, EA COO Peter Moore criticized the practice, saying it "feels like pushing stuff out because you've run out of ideas."

Don't hold your breath for a Mass Effect Trilogy HD Collection
Don't hold your breath for a Mass Effect Trilogy HD Collection

In addition to having no interest, Moore told IGN that EA doesn't have time to work on HD remasters. Instead, he said, "We're a company that just likes to push forward."

He added: "For a lot of companies, remakes are a way to drive revenue. It's sub-cost, it's an IP that's there, you can remaster, and that's great. We don't do that here. I don't think that’s ever been in our culture."

Though EA has no plans for HD remasters, its games may end up on at least one new-generation system; EA's Mass Effect is among the list of initial Xbox One backwards compatible games. Other EA titles could follow when the feature is released publicly in November.

Some high-profile HD remaster examples include Microsoft's Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Sony's Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection. Activision, meanwhile, has released HD versions of Prototype and Deadpool. Japanese publisher Capcom has even made HD remasters a core pillar of its business strategy, with Resident Evil Zero and Resident Evil 2 remakes currently in the works.

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