From a financial standpoint, big publishers have to keep producing titles for the current generation of consoles.
And that's exactly what Electronic Arts plans to do. Speaking during the UBS Global Technology Conference this week, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen said that his company will continue to support current-gen platforms "for many years to come." That's to be expected, isn't it?
"How do you do both last-generation and new generation at the same time? Doing a new generation set of titles is always going to be a challenge, but we're also trying to produce [current-generation] titles and we'll be producing [current-generation] titles for many years to come."
Jorgensen added that he believes consumers will continue to purchase current-gen consoles for a while, and EA also expects the prices of those systems to start falling pretty soon. This often brings new people into the gaming market, which is always healthy for the ever-growing industry. As for striking a good balance between dedicating resources to the "old" and new consoles, Jorgensen said:
"You can't put all your talent on [next-generation consoles], because you still have to develop good [current-generation] games, and we're trying to make sure that we have a great experience for consumers across all platforms."
The PS3 and Xbox 360 have sold about 80 million units each and the Wii has sold around 100 million. A huge publisher like EA can't hope to make their money back on gigantic projects when there are only a few million PS4 and Xbox One owners. It takes some time before such publishers focus exclusively on a new generation; four and five years, even.