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Topic: EA Eying Fortnite Success Model and "Looking at key Franchis...
Steve Farrelly
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Which is all a mouthful to take in, but hey, this is EA, right? After a pretty lite-on E3 showing, the company also just had its Q1 earnings call, which Gamesindustry.biz has covered in detail but specifically talks to the publishing giant looking to Fortnite's success and to also work to model that success through cross-platform play.

So we've abridged the deeper information for you below:
  • VP of Investor Relations for EA, Chris Evenden believes that in "three to five years" most games will exist in the cloud making cross-platform play more manageable.
  • EA reiterated during the call that Battlefield V's Battle Royale mode was just that: just another game "mode".
  • EA is looking into which franchises would work with cross-platform play, presumably their sports frachises, Battlefield and the forthcoming Anthem.
  • However, this looks to be compartmentalised between what can work with mobile to PC to console (such as the Fortnite model), and what wouldn't work with that model, also presumably the above mentioned Battlefield and Anthem franchises.
  • EA is also "interested in experimenting" with a standalone free-to-play release in a more core genre, such as shooters, but took Battlefield out of that lean, seemingly stamping it as a traditional premium Triple-A release for the time being.
All interesting topics, but nothing overly alarming in the grand scheme of things. You could likely single out the 'late-to-the-party' business concepts of wanting to mimic Fortnite's success (which we don't wholly know how sustainable that success is going to be moving forward), which is how we kind of wound up with Anthem as a bit of a Destiny clone. And that the notion Destiny is now an entity Bungie is considering moving on from and isn't performing nearly as well as it should, would be potentially a poorer way to go about it. But as we said in the news opener, "hey, this is EA".
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