Battlefield 3 (above) suffered on consoles when compared to the visually superior PC version. That’s unlikely to be the same with Battlefield 4, which EA have said this evening is looking amazing.
Speaking to investors in a teleconference about the PlayStation 4, the publishers said that their absence from last week’s reveal isn’t indicative of their appreciation for the console, which they say is “between 8 & 10 times the power of current generation.”
EA have never been more prepared for a new console launch and had plenty of great things to say about Sony’s new device. Things that took months now take days to do, games are running flawlessly at 1080p and 60 FPS, and the increase in cost is just 5 – 10% per game.
They say microtransactions will appear in all their games – “consumers are enjoying and embracing that way of the business” – and cited figures of $25 Million revenue just from microtransactions.
They also hinted that we’ll see plenty of next-gen EA games between now and E3, and suggested that the PS4 and Xbox 720 will launch very close to each other.
EA has slimmed down their line-up from 85 games to 15 for next-gen. They say games will likely retail at $69.99 at the start.
Update: We’ve been contacted by EA Corporate Communications to clarify that Blake Jorgensen “misspoke” and that he actually intended to use example pricing tiers of $59 and $49 in this “hypothetical discussion about pricing patterns at the beginning of a hardware cycle.”