2012’s been a weird year for EA so far. Their attempts at bringing back some of their older IP have been all over the shop – SSX was certainly good, but then you had things like Starbreeze’s Syndicate game, and the quietly released FIFA Street. So it comes as something of a surprise to hear EA talking about a future for some of these retreads, even if for some of them, it could be quite a lot better.
Speaking to Computer & Video Games, EA Labels president Frank Gibeau mentioned that following the strong launch of SSX, they’d be interested in doing a sequel. He cites the innovation of the online mechanics (all the Ridernet Stuff, mainly) was what he believed to be the reason why it worked as well as it did. However, he wasn’t as up on Syndicate – citing it was a risk that ultimately didn’t pay off as well as EA wanted it to.
Yet despite such successes and failures, it’s not changing how Gibeau is running his part of EA. Specifically, he mentions “it doesn’t change my appetite for wanting to go look in the library and see what we have and maybe bring back some IPs for the next-generation. That’s the nature of the business; some stuff works, some stuff doesn’t.” Which is not only very true, but also quite exciting to see what IP’s EA could possibly dip into next once the rapidly approach next generation is upon is.
Though I’m curious – what would you guys love to see EA dip into next? No doubt the majority of people would love to see a Road Rash reboot. Or a new Mirrors Edge. Though I’d sacrifice both of them for a next gen Timesplitters game. Give the relationship EA have with Crytek, it’s the one thing that I’d pay top dollar to see anytime soon…more so than a Mirrors Edge 2.