You can always count on EA Games to produce gaming content year in and out. Most of the dependable titles come in the form of annualized sports games like Madden NFL, NHL, FIFA, NCAA Football and more. Others mainstream games include the Battlefield, Sims and Need For Speed series’. It seems like the only thing new coming from EA will be Titanfall in early 2014, but EA Games’ Patrick Soderlund would be the first to tell you otherwise.
Speaking to MCV, Soderlund says that the company is working on new ideas, albeit within already-established gaming properties like Mirror’s Edge and Star Wars Battlefront.
We have six to eight completely new IPs in the works. The day we stop making new IP is when we go onto life support. We need to incubate new ideas and push creative boundaries.
Other than the two games already mentioned (which were revealed at this year’s E3 conference), there are no hints as to what the other 4-6 new IP’s could possibly be. Seeing as IP stands for Intellectual Property, it is also difficult to see how Mirror’s Edge and Battlefront count as “new,” even if they are new to EA Games ownership. When Star Wars Episode VII comes out in 2015 (alongside the Battlefront game) will it be a new film franchise property, seeing as Disney now owns the rights instead of Lucasfilm?
Either way, it’s nice to hear that more new stuff is coming to EA Games. It’s easy to not fix what isn’t broken, but thinking outside the box is key to the evolution of both their company and the gaming industry as a collective.