Hints At Christmas 2013 Release
EA's Chief Financial Officer has dropped a few interesting hints about the next console generation, suggesting that neither Sony nor Microsoft's offering will support current-generation games.
"An important thing to remember is that next-gen consoles will most likely not be backwards compatible," CFO Blake Jorgensen said during a Q&A Panel at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference, as reported by Gamasutra. "And if you [play] multiplayer on a game, you'll most likely not be able to play with someone on a different generation."
"If you're a FIFA player and, and the soccer season's starting in August, and all your friends are playing FIFA, you're going to want to be on the same box that they're on. So if they all go out and buy a gen-four box if it comes out at Christmas, then you'll most likely do it. If they all hold on and continue to play on third-generation, you'll probably not see that box purchase until after the soccer season's over."
Since Jorgensen was discussing the next-generation as part of a question regarding their annualised sports franchises, it's possible (read: obvious) that he's trying to convince players to buy the next FIFA and Madden games on release rather than waiting for the next generation of consoles, but the hint of a Christmas launch is rather tantalising indeed.
How important is backwards compatibility to you, and could its absence affect whether or not you buy into the next console generation?
We may find out more details during Sony's mysterious press conference on February 20th.