Quarterly investors calls are generally dry affairs unless you like hearing a corporation extol its profit virtues. The Q3 EA call, however, offered some interesting notes about a new BioWare online game that is in development.
According to a transcript of the call, the end of the fiscal year will bring a new BioWare title featuring an entirely new IP with “new concepts, new gameplay mechanics, and new stories set in a unique new universe”.
“This game has the potential to fundamentally disrupt the way people think about an action title, bringing friends together to play in an exhilarating new way,” said EA CEO Andrew Wilson in the call. “We’re very excited about the future of this new franchise and its ability to attract a large global audience.”
When pressed further about the new game, Wilson mentioned that the game in question is an action title and not an RPG. “You should be thinking about the great RPG character development and storyline progression that BioWare is known for, but in a world of greater action and greater adventure,” said Wilson. “It will be a wholly owned IP. We’re very excited about it, and we’ll share more in the year to come.”
So it’s clear that whatever is in the works isn’t really taking shape beyond design documents yet, probably. That said, the idea of an entirely new IP and efforts to “bring friends together to play” definitely has our attention. We’ll likely have to wait a fair while for more details, but we can certainly be patient.
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Source: EA investor site