EA Sports to bundle peripherals with games

EA Sports to bundle peripherals with games

Could extra peripherals for EA games be a way to add immersion, or just cost?

Electronic Arts executive David McCarthy has revealed plans for EA Sports to create specialised peripherals to go along with several new games coming out within the next year.

McCarthy, who revealed the plans in an interview with Gamasutra in Paris, did not reveal plans for any specific games or platforms however, but said that the plans were in place for some future games on the EA Sports label.

He compared the intention of the move was similar to Rock Band for the Wii in that it would provide an extra level of immersion and fun for players.

"You have to be careful with it, because Rock Band, that's a great peripheral, but it's a big expensive box," added McCarthy.

The Electronic Arts exec was keen to stress that the bundled peripherals would not be intended just as a way to charge players more money though. McCarthy was clear that EA will only bundle special peripherals when it feels that they add significantly to the enjoyment of the game and "provided it doesn't raise that barrier of entry and accessibility" for gamers.

"I think you'll see games using that Rock Band peripheral strategy from EA Sports, even within the next 12 months," McCarthy predicted.

Would you welcome extra peripherals to your favourite games, or are they little more than a gimmick? Let us know what your thoughts are in the forums.


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sotu1 25th June 2008, 12:46 Quote
just means the result of more party based games to me....we need some proper games for wii.
Timmy_the_tortoise 25th June 2008, 12:57 Quote
The wii never gave me any more immersive an experience than any other platform...
cjoyce1980 25th June 2008, 13:11 Quote
need new zelda
Timmy_the_tortoise 25th June 2008, 13:27 Quote
Originally Posted by cjoyce1980
need new zelda

A new Zelda which is like Wind Waker again...

Best in the series IMO.
Cthippo 25th June 2008, 23:02 Quote
Is it just me or does the one on the right look like it's for the new game Wiisex?

Maybe EA will release the Wiildo, which seems somehow appropriate as many of us feel like we're getting screwed buying EA games.
Major 25th June 2008, 23:06 Quote
Originally Posted by Timmy_the_tortoise
A new Zelda which is like Wind Waker again...

Best in the series IMO.

Yup that was a fantastic game.
LordPyrinc 26th June 2008, 00:33 Quote
A bit off topic... but I was surprised by the new Nintendo DS peripheral...

My girlfriend came over last night with yet another DS game, but get this... its Guitar Hero and even has a the 4 color button attachment that actually fits into the GBA slot at the bottom of the handheld. It has a velcro hand strap and a pick to use on the touch screen part of the DS. You have to hold the DS at a 90 degree angle to play the game, but it seems to work pretty well.
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