Today’s news roundup sees EA Sports President Peter Moore slap disc-based gaming in the face while giving digital distribution a big hug, Rumours of Killzone 3, Resistance 3 and a World at War sequel hitting in 2010, and gaming analyst Michael Pachter predict a price increase for Xbox Live Gold subscribers.
EA Sports President Claims Disc-Based Gaming a Burning Platform
The PSP Go's stab at digital distribution may have proved unpopular, but EA Sports president Peter Moore believes it’s a direction gaming will eventually have to take. Without referencing Sony’s machine directly he revealed he’s not too keen of buying discs from retailers in the future. “Look at the platform we're on, it's a burning platform,” said Moore at the PLAY Digital Media Conference. “As a concept, do you stay on the platform and face certain death, or do you jump into the water and face probable death? Most of you would choose probable death, so you start moving towards a hybrid model of digital distribution.”
Moore isn’t stating this is an approach EA will be adopting soon, but he did argue in a decade or so developers will have to realize change is afoot. “As digital distribution becomes more and more, we'll continue as an industry to work with retail and to ship discs, but more and more of the content will be in the 'cloud,” added Moore, stating more and more content will be available daily thanks to downloads, while less will take the form of physical media. [IGN]
Killzone 3, Resistance 3, and World at War sequel Rumoured for 2010
December 2009’s issue of PlayStation: The Official Magazine, details what’s headed to the PS3 next year in an article titled “The Secret games of 2010.” Among these games is Killzone 3, despite Killzone 2 only seeing release this year. According to the magazine “Insider slips reveal three big names you can already pencil for the next year. Killzone 3 is reportedly deep in development,” while an Insomniac podcast hints at a project that can only be Resistance 3, and a Treyarch employee hints at a Call of Duty: World at War sequel. While it would be nice if all these games managed a 2010 release, it feels a little too good to be true. So don't be getting those hopes up too high. [E4G]
Gaming Analyst Predicts Price Hike for Xbox Live Subscription Fee
According to Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter, Microsoft looks set to increase the price of Xbox Live Gold subscriptions, while moving gamers away from PCs and onto the 360. “It's a profit deal," Pachter said in response to a question highlighting the death of ports from Xbox 360 to PC. "Microsoft wants you to never play a game again on your PC and play everything on your 360," suggesting "You give a PC gamer an incentive to buy a 360 if you put something that he really wants only on the 360."
It may seem a strange move for Microsoft to encourage gamers to move away from their own platform, but according to Patcher a PC gamer can’t connect to Xbox Live, while Microsoft want every gamer who has a 360 to have a Gold membership. Their aim is to have all customers who own a 360 to buy all their games on the Xbox, use the multiplayer, subscribe to Xbox Live, and pay “50 bucks a year so that in a couple years, it's 100 bucks a year. And that's going up -- we all know that.” Considering both Sony and Nintendo charge nothing for playing online, it may seem a rather rash move to increase the price. But with the slew of exclusive features headed to Xbox Live, such a Netflix streaming, they may be able to somehow justify the price. [1UP]