EA has said that it plans to release “one to two” news IPs every year on next-gen consoles, after allowing themselves to transition existing properties to next-gen.
EA exec Frank Gibeau spoke to CVG about the plans and confirmed that “half a dozen” new IPs are currently in development. These will form part of EA’s ‘second wave’ of next-gen console releases.
“We’ve announced a couple of them, Mirror’s Edge and Battlefront, but we’ve also added some as well. The last time I spoke about this we hadn’t done the Star Wars deal, so there are those games too.
“We’re going to try and announce the new projects in the next couple of years – so in years two to three in the next-gen cycle, the plan is each year you’ll see one to two new IP from us coming out.
“This year we have new projects too – UFC is new to EA and of course there’s Titanfall.”
This sounds promising, though EA’s definition of new IP will differ to that of many others. After all, Mirror’s Edge 2 is a sequel, UFC has had several games in recent years, and the Gibeau says that Dragon Age: Inquisition is being treated as a new IP because it is being reinvented with “a new approach.”
This is a little troubling, as it plays fast and loose with the term ‘original IP.’ Hopefully as these games are announced over the next couple of years we’ll see a few genuinely new titles emerge.