On Wednesday 20th February, Sony entered the next-gen fray with all games blazing. Although a few people were disappointed the console itself wasn’t shown, there were enough tech specs, social network features and wonderful looking games to impress everyone. All this talk of the Playstation 4 has led many commentators to wonder how Microsoft will respond and what they can bring to the table. According to several rumors, that little something may just be some kind of deal with EA.
According to CVG, two sources have revealed to them that EA is planning on revealing the agreement at the next-gen Xbox reveal, potentially in April. Apparently it is unlikely that this deal will be true exclusivity with the Microsoft platform, but may instead represent DLC or timed exclusives.
EA’s CFO Blake Jorgensen suggested a deal might be on the table last Tuesday when he spoke at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media, and Telecom Conference. Jorgensen was asked why Electronic Arts did not appear at the PlayStation 4 press conference. He replied; “It was more about timing of our own slate as well as trying to maintain a good balance of power with all the parties out there and choosing when to unveil certain pieces of software, I’d say, between now and E3, you are going to see a lot of stuff, and we are going to choose with our marketing teams when to announce.”
He did confirm however that EA was going to support the PlayStation 4 platform.
“At the end of the day we are very excited about Sony’s platform. We feel there’s a huge opportunity there. The technical power on the platform is going to allow us to do a substantial amount of things that have never been done before.”
What do you guys think of this potential deal? Could a timed exclusive or DLC for Battlefield or Madden for example affect your choice of console? I know here in the UK, if the FIFA games were released on the next XBox a month or so before a PlayStation 4 version that could be a massive blow for Sony.