EA: E3 2012 was the beginning of next-gen shift

Posted By | On 07th, Jun. 2012

Wowed by games like Watch Dogs and Star Wars 1313? It’s for a reason, EA’s Gibeau revealed to CVG. This year’s E3, while light on content, was the beginning of a next-gen shift with third-party publishers showing a glimpse of what next-gen games would be capable off.

“It’s fairly natural, like with the PS2 to PS3 transition, and PSOne to PS2, that year before the big change. And the Wii U is really just the first opening act of the next-gen cycle shift,” Gibeau said.

“You’re only really getting half a show this year. You’re getting Wii U but you’re not getting the other half of the story so it’s a bit awkward.”

Xbox 360 and PS3 will still be relevant for a long time, even after the next-gen consoles are here said Gibeau, and I agree with him. The install base is quite high for everyone to benefit from them.

“They’re going to do really nice business and there are tens of millions of customers playing these things,” he said.

He also revealed that gamers can scrutinize trailers fast and publishers can’t hope to fool them anymore with pre-rendered things.

“It’s better to show something of substance. Gamers are smart and they’ll figure out if what you’re showing is a pre-rendered movie, they’ll be able to diagnose and pick it apart,” he said

“That’s one of the things we did last year with the Battlefield 3 trailer – we very consciously put out a 14 minute sequence of gameplay.”

Stay tuned to our review of EA’s press conference soon. Tell us what you think in the comments section below.


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