EA reported their financials last night and suffice to say they’re doing well. The Star Wars Battlefront II debacle was discussed with EA CEO Andrew Wilson stating that “We never intended to build an experience that could be seen as unfair or lacking clear progression, so we removed the feature that was taking away from what fans were telling us was an otherwise great game.”
They also commented on the notion that loot boxes were a form a gambling, CEO Blake Jorgensen stating firmly that “we do not believe that loop boxes and similar mechanics are form of gambling.”
They also mention an upcoming Star Wars action game, presumably the one being developed by Respawn and not the game being developed by the now defunct Visceral.
“Remember that we have a Star Wars action game that the team of respondent has been working on for the last couple of years,” said Blake Jorgensen. “And most likely that would drop in fiscal 2020 versus another battlefront. We haven’t decided exactly timing for another battlefront yet but clearly the next big Star Wars game would be the action game in fiscal 2020.”
The EA’s fiscal year runs until March 2020 so expect the game either Christmas 2019 or soon after. Two other interesting things to note, firstly Battlefield 3 doesn’t seem to have a release date yet, and secondly that EA have learnt from the issue of launching Titanfall 2 within two week of releasing Battlefield 1, so Anthem will be getting some breathing space.
“We are really excited by the way the next battlefield is shaping up and it might set – it probably doesn’t make sense to launch Anthem right up next to it. And when you think about Anthem as a brand new IP, we also believe it make sense to give it its own launch window so that we can give us a focus and attention that it deserve and give it some free air,” said Willson.
One final note, despite middling reviews and the complete shut down of any support for the game, EA say Mass Effect Andromeda “actually performed really well.”
Source: Seeking Alpha