Peter Moore is tipped by many to be the man settling into John Riccitiello’s vacated CEO’s chair, when the company gets around to appointing a new boss.
He’s currently EA’s COO so it’s hardly surprising that he’s going to be very positive about some core aspects of EA’s business. But I happen to agree with him so I’m going to give his words a little bit more of a platform, if you don’t like that, you can call me an EA drone in the comments again. I love that shit.
Moore says that “the demise of console gaming is very premature as far as [EA is} concerned,” pointing out that it’s still “the majority of [their] business.” He wen’t on to insist that “people still want core games. People want to sit back in their living rooms, take advantage of their HD TVs, and play fully immersive games.”
Yes, that all sounds like exactly what I want. I mean, I love handheld games while I’m waiting for a phone call, avoiding some crap rom-com my wife is watching or sitting on the porcelain throne. I’m partial to a little bit of mobile gaming when I’m waiting in the car to pick someone up, or for the kettle to boil when I’m making a brew. But I’m happiest in my gaming life when you give me a big-screen HDTV, a pair of surround sound headphones and put a DualShock 3 in my sweaty little paws.
Despite all the recent hate EA has been getting about business practices, creative direction and dodgy launch windows, they’re one of the biggest companies that are still trying to push this way of playing games. Even though I’m not happy with all the things they do, I’m pleased about that.
Moore also said that he thinks it’ll be another two years before digital sales start to outstrip their retail releases, something which might not sound all that fantastic to the people at GameStop.