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EA to reduce packaged game releases by 33% in FY ’11

Tuesday, 9th February 2010 07:14 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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EA clarified its plan to reduce the number of titles it’ll release in the next fiscal year last night, saying it will heavily cut its roster of packaged goods.

EA CFO Eric Brown said EA will release only 36 packaged games in the 12 months ending March 2011, down from 54 in the current fiscal year. That’s a drop of 33%.

The publisher’s CEO, John Riccitiello, said in December that overall EA releases would drop 20 percent in the next 12 months, intending to release 40 games overall.

Brown said the more precise figure didn’t include expansion packs.

Ricciitello said last year that he wouldn’t be “surprised” if total EA releases dropped to 30 per year in the future, and that the strategy was based on a drive for “quality”.

EA said yesterday that it lost $82 million in the December quarter, and that sales were down 25 percent year-over-year.

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  1. marvel2000

    they wanna quality products i think

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Freek

    And probably also more digital add ons. They already mentioned long term support for Dragon Age and Mass Effect 2. Sounds good to me!

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Grimrita

    If anyone is going to make digital work, it will be EA. It needs a large publisher to tell retail to ‘piss off’. However, the problem is with ISPs who place limits on downloading – so if you buy 2 games at 8GB a pop, download a few 1GB demos, you will rapidly go over your allocated limit and get a fine.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. abbe

    Its a real shame that EA have been dropping profits more and more as they have increased the quality and lessened the “spam”-games they usually put out on a yearly basis.

    I really like this John Riccitiello guy. :(

    #4 5 years ago
  5. The Juice707

    @ abbe

    I am right there with you. From what I have read though, they may not keep him around much longer. If the do let him go, I hope another company hires him because he has definitely set the company in the right direction from a gamer’s stand point. EA stockholders: Please hold out a bit longer! It will all pay off in the long run… I think.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Grimrita

    Shareholders expected the changes to come over night, with little or no pain. But EA became a complacent beast. But really, they need to look at their Marketing/PR spend as thats where most of the money goes.

    Having such a large ‘talent’ pool costs a fortune, and from my experiences working there, paying a certain singer £100,000 to perform a couple of songs was a joke!

    #6 5 years ago