EA says sequels are boring, skies open

Written by Joe Martin

July 11, 2007 | 17:11

Tags: #ceo #harry-potter #ip #madden #sequels #wall-street-journal

Companies: #ea #electronic-arts

EA has a mixed reputation in the games industry, it's fair to say. Sure, on the one hand it publishes good games like Command and Conquer 3 but, on the other hand, it publishes bad games like Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix, which is crappy on every platform.

Still, the CEO of EA, a man called John Riccitiello (but whom we shall call simply John to avoid massacring his surname), still has a few ideas about the future of gaming. A man with his finger on the pulse, John recently told The Wall Street Journal what some of the problems with the games industry are:

"For the most part, the industry has been rinse-and-repeat. There's been lots of product that looked like last year's product, that looked a lot like the year before."

Yep, in hypocrisy so massive that you'd need climbing shoes and a pack mule to get past it, the CEO of EA reckons that there are just too many sequels on the computer game market. This from the man whose company will soon be bringing us a re-release of Earthworm Jim on the PlayStation Portable!

John's trying though and is obviously trying to evidence how EA is trying to move away from repeated movie licenses and Madden games towards more original games and IPs.

The problem is; though EA is supposedly moving in the direction of more original games it's still way too early for them to be bigging itself up in this manner - especially to the educated kind of gamer who might read the Wall Street Journal.

What do you reckon to the future of gaming? Do we need less sequels or just better sequels? Catch the first part of the discussion in the forums. The second part will be available next year, complete with a sneak peek at the third instalment.
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