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EA has “half a dozen” original IPs in development

Friday, 23rd August 2013 13:38 GMT By Dave Owen

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.

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  1. SameeR_Fisher

    @@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.”@@

    Respect, seriously WTF EA, just cause you got an IP doesn’t turn it into a new IP, Star Wars existed for years, Mirror Age 2 is a sequel, a new IP is something TOTALLY new, unseen before, next thing you know they bring back Medal of Honor and call it a new IP as well.

    On the other hand, half if not all of these new IPs will probably be FPSs.

    #1 8 months ago
  2. VibraniumSpork

    FIFA: School Playground Edition, FIFA: Five-A-Side-Kickabout, FIFA: Kit Designer…which ones am I missing?

    #2 8 months ago
  3. Kreion

    @1
    Well Battlefront you might possibly be able to argue as a new IP? Not to defend them here, but I doubt it’s going to be all that comparable with the PS2 game if it comes out on Xbox One and PS4. Especially since they’re not marketing it as BF3, but as a reboot of the franchise.

    Otherwise a lot of that stuff isn’t really new IP xD

    #3 8 months ago
  4. Fin

    Nah new IP means a new franchise, like Watch Dogs or Division.

    #4 8 months ago
  5. Dendroball

    At least we know Bioware is developing its own new franchise and eventually a new SW RPG (wether its a new IP within the SW universe or a continuation of the KOTOR IP), Visceral Games is also currently developing a new franchise (supposedly a shooter) and already begun preproduction on a SW game which could be an entirely new IP within the SW universe or a continuation of an existing one (I noticed they hired a few people from LucasArts having worked on SW 1313 just saying …).

    Now I guess Criterion developers are not sitting on their own asses and are also developing something given the fact the NFS franchise has been placed in the hands of the newly founded studio Ghost Games. So I guess it’s not bad at all in the end.

    #5 8 months ago
  6. Hirmetrium

    I bet they count C&C among those IP’s as well, if they are going by those standards.

    Granted, a lot of it is brand new stuff for EA, but they start to push it when it comes to Dragon Age 3, when they have published the previous 2 (and are responsible for the miserable state of the second).

    #6 8 months ago
  7. Eregol

    A dozen?
    I wonder how many’ll be canned before we get to look at them?
    I reckon that some are mobile game based too.

    #7 8 months ago
  8. GrimRita

    Probably means that they have a few more studios to buy up and rip the heart and soul out of just to get their hands on their IP

    #8 8 months ago
  9. SameeR_Fisher

    @3: it is not about being comparable or not, if it is a sequel, a prequel, a re-imagining, a reboot, non of these make it a new IP, otherwise we would be in deep trouble. :D

    #9 8 months ago