Electronic Arts is one of the biggest names in the gaming industry. So when it makes even the smallest of announcements, it’s bound to be something big. Recently, on the Twitter account for EA Games Australia, @EA_Australia, the company tweeted that something big is coming.
The exact tweet reads, “Something BIG is coming… More details this week.” This has led to many speculations. Many gamers are speculating that the capitalisation of the word big could mean that the game publishing giant is reviving its EA Sports BIG label, leading to what could be a number of different games, including NBA Street and SSX. EA also showed a picture with the tweet that says “Stay Tuned…” against a background that’s been blurred.
Let the speculation begin!
This could also be something related to the company’s biggest franchise, Battlefield, as earlier this month, EA had projected the possible release dates for Battlefield 4 during an earnings call. Battlefield 4, the sequel for the massively successful Battlefield 3, may ship between April 2013 and March 2014, according to the projections by EA made during its quarterly conference call. EA’s Frank Gibeau made the projections during the call, where EA expressed excitement about the future of the Battlefield and Medal of Honor franchises.
EA didn’t say much about Battlefield 4 apart from the projection of the release date. The company seems much more focused on its upcoming first person shooter – Medal of Honor: Warfighter. “Our goal with Medal of Honor was to change things up a bit. We changed the tech-base from the Unreal Engine to the Frostbite engine. We added some resources from our DICE studio in Stockholm, and we've tried some very innovative things this time around with multiplayer.“
Most of the sales of Medal of Honor: Warfighter will probably come from the possibility of getting early access to the Battlefield 4 beta, when it is released in 2013. Analysts recently lowered the forecasts for sales of Medal of Honor: Warfighter, due to how bad the reboot released in 2010 was.
This wouldn’t be the first time a company has tried to sell a game by bundling it with the demo of another game. During the PlayStation 2 era, Konami shipped the demo for the massively anticipated Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty with the game Zone of the Enders that sold very well despite being an average game because of the demo for Metal Gear Solid 2.
As of now, there is little or no information about Battlefield 4, but Medal of Honor: Warfighter will be made using DICE’s Frostbite 2.0 engine, the same engine fuelling Battlefield 3. Medal of Honor’s multiplayer, which was designed by DICE, will now be developed in-house by Danger Close.