EA Games boss: We haven’t forgotten old IPs

Friday, 25 March 2011 14:32 GMT By Johnny Cullen

EA Games head Frank Gibeau has said the company hasn’t forgotten about its dorment IPs.

Asked if the publisher was done with its oldest properties, Gibeau replied to CVG: “Absolutely not. I worked on Desert Strike and Road Rash back in the day on Sega Genesis so trust me, I’m familiar with the IP history.”

But what about reboots or remakes of said series? Gibeau said it’s all down to how good it needs to be.

“We constantly look at ways to grow the recent category of titles like Burnout, Need for Speed, Road Rash are constantly things we think about,” he said.

“It’s the same thing with the old Bullfrog IPs like Dungeon Keeper, Populous, Powermonger, Magic Carpet, I can go on. So we do look at that stuff and are very cognisant of our past.”

He continued: “The key thing for us is, if we do bring [any of those] back, the game has got to be good. I don’t know about you but when I look back at GoldenEye, I think of it as this amazing game and the you go and play it and are like, ‘Oh. Really?’.

“From our perspective we have to manage that element which makes things look nicer in the rear view mirror compared to what you have to do now in the modern day.”

Last year, EA rebooted Medal of Honor into modern times after a three year gap, putting focus on the Afghanistan war instead of World War II.

It’s rumoured the publisher is set to reboot the old Bullfrog series Syndicate, with development thought to be handled by Starbreeze Studios in Sweden.

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