EA: No Change on ‘Platform-Agnostic’ Policy
EA is all love when it comes to Microsoft and its next-generation Xbox One console. FIFA 14 was recently announced as a free addition with all European Xbox One pre-orders. Titanfall is being released only for the Xbox platforms and PC.
With things as they are, EA looks to be forming a strong relationship with Microsoft. However, Frank Gibeau from the company firmly denies any such ploys and says that their recent decisions bear no “strategic tilt”.
In a recent interview with CVG, Gibeau was asked whether the decision of keeping games exclusive to a rival platform would ultimately break PlayStation 4’s launch.
“Not internally developed EA games,” he said. “We’re changing nothing in our policy about being platform-agnostic. One of the things that struck me this week is how a tactical deal with one of our platform partners has been blown out and perceived as strategic tilt – that’s a messaging error on our part. There is no strategic tilt.
“The Sony platform and the Xbox platform are both very important to us. If you look at the previous generation we did tactical deals with both Sony and Microsoft throughout the cycle. Titanfall is different, it’s an EA Partners game – everything else is platform agnostic.
“Sony has been executing exceptionally well on the next-gen transition. Their hardware’s hot, they’re clear and disciplined and consistent with their policies, they are showing some amazing things with indies, so overall I couldn’t be more pleased with how they’re executing. I hope both systems are successful – EA succeeds when more platforms are doing well.”
When asked if this means Sony itself may see some PS4-exclusives from EA, Gibeau replied, “It’s a long cycle, and certainly there’s potential with Sony exclusivity deals too.” He later stressed, “I can tell you now, our internal games, the games we make ourselves, will be multiplatform.”
Could it be that Titanfall will eventually make its way to the PlayStation 4 and is currently only a timed exclusive on Xbox One?