Blake Jorgensen, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Electronic Arts, has provided some more detail on the exclusivity deal between Electronic Arts and Disney for the right to make Star Wars games.
In a transcript taken from a discussion at the UBS Global Technology Conference, Jorgensen noted some interesting points related to the deal. Most notably, the exclusivity is for 10 years, will cover multiple genres and multiple systems, and will “leverage the strength of the Disney marketing associated with the Star Wars properties both in movies and other things that they may do over the timeframe”, but that this “won’t necessarily be aligned with the movie”.
Asked whether this meant they had the freedom to pursue content outside of the upcoming movie releases, Jorgensen gave an emphatic yes, stating that both new and existing game concepts are on the cards.
In a post on the official Electronic Arts blog (which has subsequently been unpublished), the publisher claimed that the recent firmware update for PlayStation 4 has resulted in “stability issues while playing games on the system.”
Earlier this morning, Sony asked for patience in the face of some connection issues due to high levels of traffic. However, the post from Electronic Arts claimed that the problems caused by the 1.5 update “affect all games on the PS4, including EA titles, causing crashing/freezing and non-responsive connections between the player’s console and their TV Screen.”
Since this is an issue caused by the hardware’s firmware, the blog says, “Sony is working to resolve the issue as quickly as they can.” While GameSpot has not experienced any significant issues with either the network or games on the PlayStation Network, we’ve reached out to other publishers to see if their titles have experienced similar issues.
We’ll update this story as more details are available.
“Our systems that handle online gameplay, matchmaking, and login are offline for all of our titles,” EA said. “This means that you may unable to play online or may get dropped from multiplayer matches, and will not be able to login to EA sites.”
“We are aware of this problem are we are working hard to fix things as quickly as possible. We apologize for the interruption and thank you for your patience while we fix the problem,” the statement continues.
It is not clear what is causing the issue or when the problem will be resolved. GameSpot will update this story as more details become available.
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The Simpsons: Tapped Out has now generated over $100 million in life-to-date digital net revenue, publisher Electronic Arts announced today. The game was released in August 2012 and has been in the top 20 iPhone grossing games in the United States for all but 12 days since launch, EA said.
The news came as part of EA’s latest earnings report for the quarter ended September 30. Overall, EA posted a profit of $105 million on $1.04 billion in revenue.
“EA’s strong second quarter was driven by great title launches, continued digital growth, and financial discipline,” new CEO Andrew Wilson said in a statement.
“While we have made good progress in the first half of the year, we remain focused on executing our FY14 plan and delivering a full slate of amazing games and services to players on current and next-generation consoles, mobile, and PC,” he added.
Also in the report, it was confirmed that EA had to pay around $40 million in college football settlement expenses related to the settlement between EA and a group of former athletes.
Looking ahead, EA said it expects net revenue for the holiday quarter ending December 31 to be $1.65 billion.
EA also disclosed a number of operating highlights and metrics. On a year-to-date basis, the NCAA Football Ultimate Team, Madden NFL Ultimate Team, NHL Hockey Ultimate Team, and FIFA Ultimate Team each grew year-over-year, the company said.
Overall, FIFA Soccer digital net revenue was $145 million in the first half of the fiscal year, representing an increase of 25 percent year-over-year, the company said.
EA’s mobile and handheld digital net revenue for the quarter was $105 million, up 19 percent compared to last year. The company also reiterated that Plants vs. Zombies 2 has been downloaded more than 25 million times on iOS since launch in August.
As well as announcing a launch date and Collector’s Edition for Titanfall today, Electronic Arts also announced a rough worldwide release date for The Sims 4: autumn 2014.
The Sims 4 introduces a number of new features to the series, including new creative tools, all-new Sims with enhanced emotion and intelligence, and the ability to control ‘the mind, body and heart of [your] Sims to bring their stories to life like never before’.
You can pre-order the game at thesims.com. Those who pre-order now will receive the Limited Edition of the game, which includes The Sims 4 Life of the Party digital content.
“We saw all the Facebook users going to smartphones. You can’t play a game on Facebook on a phone,” Gibeau said. “Coupled with that was the fact that customer acquisition costs were on a straight line up.”
Some of EA’s most pronounced revenue growth of late has come from its mobile sector, because “every smartphone, every tablet, is a gaming-enabled device,” Gibeau said.
EA will report earnings for its fiscal second quarter on October 29 where more information on the company’s outlook for its digital and packaged businesses will be discussed.