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EA announce more games, and delays

In a financial report published a few days ago, EA announced exactly how much money they have made over the past three months, and what games are on their way. Unfortunately, two big games have received the delay treatment, namely Crysis and Army of Two. They will both be released after the 31st of March 2007.

The delays were not given a reason, but the report did state that they would be released after the end of this fiscal year, which is the 31st of March. Both games are looking to be excellent, so it’s a shame that we will have to wait longer for them, after they were supposedly going to be released in Winter.

In other game news, many of you will be delighted to hear that Black 2 is in development for the next generation, as is a new Lord of the Rings game.

Several other new titles were unveiled during the call. “There will be another Lord of the Rings [game]… and the next-generation version of Black. Those things alone are all new, relative to fiscal ‘07,” said Jenson.

(Jenson is EA’s chief financial officer.) Apparently it wasn’t made obvious whether the games would be released before the fiscal year end or after. Presumably, since no news on Black 2 has been announced, we will likely see that in fiscal year 2008. And, in case you thought EA would let a movie tie-in slip by, they are developing a new game to accompany the movie version of The Simpsons. Also, Road Rash is in development too; could we see it on the Marketplace?

Talking money for a moment: you will all be surprised to hear that EA’s profits have actually gone down when comparing to the same period last year, rather interestingly; however their revenue has increased. Speculating, I would hint at the fact of next generation game production taking the biggest slice out of profits, since it is considerably higher than it used to be. Especially since EA port every sports game they have too, it can lead to a big chunk of it. Of course, you should wait until their year end before saying EA are losing money.

For the three months ended September 30, 2006, Electronic Arts racked up total revenues of $784 million, a jump of 16 percent over 2005’s second-quarter haul of $675 million. The publisher attributed the numbers to the launch of the latest installments of its annual sports games–Madden NFL 07, NCAA Football 07, FIFA 07, NBA Live 07, and NHL 07. In an investor conference call, EA execs noted that NCAA Football 07 sold an all-time high of 2 million copies in the quarter, and that the company’s NHL series was having its strongest year ever.

Not surprising that sports games have made up a large, if not huge, amount of that figure.

Broken down by platform, the increase was attributable to gains in the Xbox 360 and mobile sectors. The $166 million brought in by EA’s Xbox 360 games accounted for 21 percent of the company’s total revenue, and more than made up for declines in the current-gen platforms. The publisher also boasted that it is now the number one publisher for Microsoft’s next-gen platforms year-to-date in both North America and Europe.

Who didn’t already know that EA is the number one publisher? That certainly isn’t rocket science. Nice to see the transition from last to next gen is beginning to take off, with the current gen sales declining, most probably as people anxiously wait for the Wii and PS3, or for the 360 version to be released. EA would have made even more most probably had Crysis and Army of Two not been delayed.

For the current quarter, EA expects to bring in revenues between $1.2 billion and $1.3 billion, with projections for the full fiscal year ending March 31, 2007 being ticked up to the $2.95 billion to $3.13 billion range from $2.8 billion to $3 billion.

I think EA are hoping for a massive Christmas, and with their Marketplace shenaningans also, I think they will probably do just fine.

Thanks to Colby for submitting one of the links.

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Comment by narsil on 2006-11-04 22:00:22 | Reply

i knew army of two was coming out next year. not much has been revealed about either

EA announce more games

After reading this, I got infuriated.

I bet you read the post though ;)

Comment by Colby on 2006-11-04 22:21:37 | Reply

Arg…I was just watching a new video on Medal of Honor only to find a pesky little detail I hadn’t noticed in their first video. “EA” Now I am beginning to worry. Hopefully EA wont ruin this potentially great game with their “shenanigans” as Rossko calls it lol.

Didn’t EA do all the MoH’s?

Comment by narsil on 2006-11-04 22:26:29 | Reply

that trailer didnt look too good if u ask me. cod3 looks much better

To be fair, all MoH games are pretty poor. Although Frontline had 4 player multiplay on the Gamecube version whereas the PS2 version didn’t, so that made it better.

Comment by autoexecw0rm on 2006-11-04 22:52:23 | Reply

Hopefully EA will realize they are screwing the “next-gen” market. With horrible releases of their so called “popular” game lines.

EA has turned from a company that put out great games by acquiring small studios, to a company ran by suits. The suits that run EA these days know only 2 things. First, 2 is better than 1 on an excel spreadsheet analyzing profit. Second, 1 is better than 2 on an excel spreadsheet analyzing spending. They care nothing about the quality of their games or the video gamers they should be catering too. I hope EA dies I really do. It is to bad radical islamists go after USA when EA is such a better target.

Comment by DETROIT20LIONS on 2006-11-05 07:14:58 | Reply

nice hate filled comment

Comment by autoexecw0rm on 2006-11-05 07:53:59 | Reply

The only hate in this comment is directed at EA. If you have a problem with that…than go ahead and keep buying their crap products they release year after year with nothing new.

Comment by acromyth on 2006-11-05 10:44:49 | Reply

If the radical Islamist kill them, another company we used to love will evolve into the new EA. Someone will take it’s place. Just let EA be a douchebag over in the corner by themeselves. Yo don’t have to buy their games.

Comment by Voyager2k on 2006-11-04 22:55:52 | Reply

One thing you can *CERTAINLY* expect from MoH:A online Multiplayer is ……. well ? GUESS !?

WHAT COULD IT BE ?? Hmmmmmm ?

Ok, lemme spoil it for ya’ …

Get the edge over your competition and PURCHASE A NEW MAG OF AMMO on XBOX LIVE MARKETPLACE automatically whenever you are out of ammo while your opponents run around with empty mags looking for ammo to pick up!

Consumables anymone ? YeeHaaaw Only 100 M$P a Mag! Bulk purchases available at increased (!) rates.

Welcome to the future or something ^^

I know you hate 360 and MS, but I still found that funny, and I hope you Sony guy’s don’t get the same treatment. Then again, it’s EA, so no-on hold their breath.

Speaking of paying for ammo on XBLM, where’s Moen? He needs to make his armor-piercing bullets joke.

Comment by Voyager2k on 2006-11-05 05:09:17 | Reply

I don’t hate the 360, I hate what M$ is doing with it. Quality decreasing, cost for gamers increasing rapidly. That’s 360 today in a nutshell for ya.

Sony won’t be any diffrent once they got their foothold in the nextgen market, no worries there. Microtransactions and followup sales is what next-gen is really all about.

To me it doesn’t matter if it’s M$, Sony or Nintendo. M$ is just there spearheading the “new generation” right now and giving us a good idea of what “goods” to expect in the years to come.

Comment by Colby on 2006-11-04 23:44:10 | Reply

“Didn’t EA do all the MoH’s?”

Probably did. To be honest I never played any of the earlier MOH’s.

Comment by J1980 also welljasona on 2006-11-04 23:44:16 | Reply

Well the 31st of March happens to be the UK release date for PS3

Comment by dabombar-z on 2006-11-05 01:16:53 | Reply

Well, expect more mediocre titles and half baked games. If you keep buying their crap games, they will keep selling it. Obviously a lot of gamers don’t think that EA makes crap but hey it might just be me. Good luck cause I won’t be buying rehashed.

Comment by autoexecw0rm on 2006-11-05 01:55:30 | Reply

It is not the fact that people dont think EA makes crap games. It is the fact that they are beginning to have a monopoly in the gaming industry. If you want to play something like football you are FORCED to buy EA. The problem is that they are a CRAP company that has a huge foot in the gaming market.

Comment by Kid Chemical on 2006-11-05 06:10:20 | Reply

Monopolize in the regard that no one else can release titles?

I own four EA titles out of 40 360 games. Hardly enough to consider them having a monopoly on the industry.

Madden sells because people have low standards. The average jackass on the street doesn’t care if he has to buy new stadiums. Gamers, intelligent ones atleast, have higher standards and thus complain louder.

Me personally? Boycotting a video game company is the last thing on my priority list.

Comment by DETROIT20LIONS on 2006-11-05 07:18:53 | Reply

thank you

Comment by autoexecw0rm on 2006-11-05 07:56:35 | Reply

Ok your right. I drastically overused the word monopoly. But if you are a football fan like me that is the exact word to use when refering to football video games or should I say GAME now that no one else can make them.

Yes, EA has always done MOH or at least published it.

Comment by KultiVator on 2006-11-05 10:28:41 | Reply

> If you want to play something like football you are FORCED to buy EA.

Have you not heard of PES? Arguably whips the pants off of EA’s FIFA series.

EA do have lots of big name titles - but lack the innovation of other publishers, instead sticking to tried and tested formulas in terms of gameplay, music.

EA weren’t always this way - they used to be a great pioneer in the late 80’s (anyone remember Interceptor on the Amiga - the worlds first flight sim with external chase cam? Or Deluxe Paint - when was the last time you saw EA sell creativity software?)

Alas, money talks and in EA’s case the talk is now mostly inane babble!

KultiVator

Comment by acromyth on 2006-11-05 10:45:57 | Reply

already knew about Black 2, they said it was a triology from the get-go.

Delays could mean less bugs on launch.

Comment by audiolab on 2006-11-05 16:58:16 | Reply

oh please dont let ubisoft go down the same path as EA

Comment by DouggyD on 2006-11-06 16:44:12 | Reply

Did I see a ROAD RASH in there?!? Hell ya!

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