With the Nintendo Switch just a matter of months away, and with the major unveiling all set for early January, anticipation is building for the next step in the system's path to release.
We've seen plenty of executives share confidence and support for the system and its concept, that of a 'home gaming system' that also functions as a standalone portable device, but EA Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen is among a number cautious about the system's prospects. Quoted from an appearance at the UBS Global Technology Conference - via Dualshockers - the executive reiterates that the company is supporting the system, but offers a reserved backing for the platform.
In terms of Nintendo, in their announcement they announced that we'll be supporting with a game or two on that new platform. We haven't yet announced what game, but you should assume that it's one of our bigger games we've been involved with.
We're excited for Nintendo, it's an interesting device, but I can't yet predict how broad it's going to be, and will people be interested in a portable device alongside their regular portable device that they have.
Jorgenson certainly isn't the only person to sound this note of caution about the Switch, in terms of its ability to lure in a sizeable audience. It's not anticipated to be bleeding edge technology for home gaming, though the custom NVIDIA Tegra chip could be relatively capable, and at the same time those happy with smartphones and tablets form a large audience that'll also be tough to win over. Nintendo will be counting, of course, on plenty of 3DS and - to a lesser extent - Wii U owners jumping on board.
In any case it'll be interesting to see what EA brings to the Switch. Reports earlier this year suggested that sports games could be likely, but the EA library is extremely broad; time will tell.
What do you make of Jorgensen's comments about Switch, and which major EA franchise do you think would have the best chance of success on the system?
With thanks to Benson for the heads up.