It seems like everywhere you look, there's another gamer talking about a lack of new IPs in the video game industry.
And for the most part, that assessment is accurate. There are fewer new IPs made during the waning years of a generation, and new installments in popular and recognizable franchises frequently top the sales charts. It's just the way of the world.
But that doesn't mean big companies like EA are going to abandon fresh ideas. MCV spoke to EA Games boss Patrick Soderlund about the general philosophy of the publisher and invariably, the subject of new IPs arose. Said Soderlund:
"To me, the day we stop doing new IP is the day we put ourselves on life support and then we’re slowly going to die. It’s not only needed for the industry and for the consumers but it’s also needed for the creatives. They need something different to think about. They have a lot of creativity built into them that they need to get out. The day that we stop thinking about new things that are not Need for Speed is the day that I’ll probably leave the games industry."
Although it wouldn't be a new IP, we're still hoping EA will have DICE bring back Mirror's Edge …maybe for the next generation? Pretty please?