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EA favours no-one says exec Frank Gibeau


You'd be forgiven for thinking that EA is firmly on the side of Microsoft when it comes to the upcoming next generation. After all, not only is EA Partners game Titanfall an Xbox console exclusive, but every Xbox One sold at launch in Europe will come bundled with a copy of FIFA 14; FIFA 14 Ultimate Team Legends will be exclusive to Xbox consoles and the first Battlefield 4 DLC will also be a timed exclusive.

However, speaking in an interview with CVG, EA exec Frank Gibeau has stated that EA is very balanced when it comes to supporting partners, even if it may not seem that way.

"We're changing nothing in our policy about being platform-agnostic," he said. "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.

"It's a long cycle, and certainly there's potential with Sony exclusivity deals too."

What do you think of Gibeau's words? Do you think that he's talking sense?

Edited On 23 Aug, 2013

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Dead 3 years ago
ROFL, yeah, right.
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Bindiana 3 years ago
yeah of course not the big pile of money Microsoft dumped on your table doesnt influence you.
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Zombieflamingo 3 years ago
Of course they are going to go for whoever gives them more money, hell I know I would.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
If you say so. Hell if I paid the Millions they would all come round to my neighbourhood and dance in the street with nothing but a thong on
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JoeToots 3 years ago
Tbh Nox throw me a £1000 cover transport costs and I'd do that.
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Michael 3 years ago
Fair pissed off that Xbox get free FIFA 14 where as we'll have to pay about £45 for it.
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Michael 3 years ago
^^^ Hopefully shopto can do a decent bundle to sweeten that :)
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
Tempting
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
It's only Pre-ordered units and I'm guessing it might be Units Pre-ordered before Gamescom
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Johno Muller 3 years ago
£42 at Amazon and again still cheaper overall than xbone
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PrometheusFan 3 years ago
It's bullshit of course, but it's interesting to see EA already downplaying that "unprecedented partnership" with Microsoft after the big deal they made of it the last few months. Guess now it's a bit clearer which way the wind is blowing they don't want to look like they're hedging their bets... even though they very obviously are.
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Ulquiorra_1 3 years ago
He's talking Politically Correct rubbish. Sony did not pay for Battlefield 3 timed exclusives. EA tried to combat Call of Duty by using Sony as a rival platform. I've estimated the deal(s) Microsoft signed with EA to be in excess of $100million. That is chicken change. 2008 MS paid Rockstar for 1 year timed exclusives for GTA4 2009 MS paid Activision for 1 month timed exclusives for CoD Safe to assume that TitanFall is 1 year timed; otherwise, it won't be on PC. FIFA 1 month early DLC; exclusive mode Free with every preorder in Europe Battlefield 4 1 month early DLC. I think it's $200m, knowing EA and the kind of douches they can be. No way they are agnostic. At this juncture I'd say Activision is more agnostic, since Destiny has exclusive PS4 stuff. The only exclusivity deal Sony paid for is The Witness.
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PrometheusFan 3 years ago
Actually I don't think Sony even paid for any deal on The Witness, as it's releasing on PC at the same time as on PS4 and Jon Blow has already said it'll probably come out on Xbox at some point. He wouldn't have been able to say something like that if he was under an exclusivity contract. I think he said he went with PS4 first for the console version of Witness because Sony's indie/publishing policies were so much better than what MS had in place at the time. Blow doesn't seem to care for MS much though judging from his interviews on the subject.

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