EA’s been busy delivering a typically dry analysis of its financial results for the previous fiscal quarter, as well as outlining their plans for the year ahead. And, right on cue, those plans include an all-new Need For Speed title as well as the return of Plants vs Zombies.
“In the business, we’re making adjustments to improve execution and we’re refocusing R&D,” said EA COO and CFO Blake Jorgensen. “Looking forward, we’re delighted to launch Anthem, our new IP, to grow Apex Legends and related Titanfall experiences, to deliver new Plants vs. Zombies and Need for Speed titles, and to add Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order to our sports titles in the fall.”
EA’s annual line-ups can occasionally come across as a little threadbare outside of its token sports titles, but it sounds as if the tail-end of 2019 is going to see a roster that includes Need For Speed, Plants vs Zombies, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and, potentially, even another Titanfall title. It's an absolute travesty that EA hasn't pivoted to a new Burnout but let's at least hope Need For Speed 2019 is better than NFS Payback.
On the subject of Titanfall, it seems that despite the recent launch and success of its Apex Legends spin-off, Respawn is also planning to launch an entirely new “premium game” set in the Titanfall universe. However, after producer Drew McCoy’s interview yesterday it seems to assume this won’t be Titanfall 3.
“Respawn also plans to launch a premium game this year that is a new twist on the Titanfall universe. More to come on that in the months ahead," said EA CEO Andrew Wilson.
We know already that Respawn has two teams, one working on first-person shooters, the other working on action-adventure titles. Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order probably falls into the latter category, although it could also be an FPS. The FPS team is obviously working on Apex Legends, although with its foundations in Titanfall 2 it perhaps hasn’t needed an entire studio dedicated to its development. This would free up some of the Respawn team to work on this unknown Titanfall title.
Which of EA’s projects are you looking forward to? Do you think EA is on the road to recovery and clawing back consumer faith? Let us know below!