Electronic Arts (EA) has shared a few thoughts on what the industry can expect from the next-generation consoles later in the year. The publishing giant has obviously been working with early PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X development kits for some time now and based on that experience, EA has teased the upcoming generational leap to be quite substantial.
During an earnings call (via IGN) for the third quarter ended, EA stated that both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will “blow people’s minds” once they see what the machines are capable of. While the company refused to share any specific details, the notion put forward was that in-development next-generation games at EA have clearly left everyone impressed.
“The power of the new consoles is gonna be substantially greater than existing consoles,” said EA CFO Blake Jorgensen. “We can do a lot more [with PS5 and Xbox Series X]. Things we’re doing will blow people’s minds.”
Jorgensen did though point out that the next-generation hardware allows developers access to technology previously unavailable on current-generation consoles. Without giving any examples, he claimed that PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will give a boost to innovation, not just from EA but from the entire games industry. Also, that innovation will not be limited to just complex games but also the simplest ones, even helping developers birth new genres.
Elsewhere during the earnings call, EA announced that Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has exceeded sales expectations. The game was previously expected to sell between 6-8 million copies. EA has now raised forecasts for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order to sell 10 million copies instead by the end of the fiscal year, which would be a phenomenal sales milestone achieved for a single-player game. The fiscal year ends on March 31, 2020. In other words, EA expects the game to sell around 2 million additional copies before then.
Fact is that EA has started seeing the Star Wars franchise as more than just Battlefront-type shooters. The success of Jedi: Fallen Order means that fans can expect more such single-player narrative-heavy Star Wars games in the future.
PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X launch in the holiday season later in the year. Both consoles remain without a price point at this time.