Titanfall is only coming to Windows, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and along with initiatives like free FIFA 14 for all European Xbox One pre-orders, suggests that EA is getting into bed with Microsoft quite closely. However, EA’s Frank Gibeau has played down the exclusivity of Respawn’s shooter, and has said the deal bears no “strategic tilt”.
Speaking with CVG, Gibeau was asked to comment on EA’s relationship with Sony at present, to which he replied, “It’s very good.”
Gibeau was then asked if having games exclusive to rival formats undermines the potential commercial success of PS4 after launch. He countered, “Not internally developed EA games. We’re changing nothing in our policy about being platform-agnostic. 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. I hope both systems are successful – EA succeeds when more platforms are doing well.”
When asked if this means Sony itself may see some PS4-exclusives from EA, Gibeau replied, “It’s a long cycle, and certainly there’s potential with Sony exclusivity deals too.” He later stressed, “I can tell you now, our internal games, the games we make ourselves, will be multiplatform.”
Titanfall is exclusive, but does this mean there could be more deals made in Microsoft’s favour down the line, or – as Gibeau suggests – is this just a rare occurance?
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