EA may announce partnership with Microsoft at next-gen Xbox announcement

Microsoft's next-generation Xbox announcement is rumored to take place on April 26, and according to one media outlet, that event will also include a major partnership announcement.

According to a report by ComputerAndVideoGames, Microsoft and Electronic Arts will make a major partnership announcement at the next-gen Xbox unveiling. The website report claims the outlet's sources weren't sure of what the company would show off but said the partnership is already secured.

The deal is noteworthy as EA has been a primary partner of Sony during the current console generation, launching exclusive content on the PlayStation 3 before the Xbox 360. Content for "Battlefield 3," for instance, launched on the PlayStation 3 a week before the Xbox 360. Conversely, Microsoft has maintained a strong partnership with Activision, launching downloadable content for the company's Call of Duty games on the Xbox 360 prior to the PlayStation 3.

During the current console generation, partnerships between console makers and publishers have tended to rely solely on timed exclusives, such as downloadable content launching earlier on one console. It's unlikely EA's partnership with Microsoft would relate to an exclusive game, although not impossible.

EA representatives were notably absent from Sony's PlayStation 4 announcement last week, although the company has pledged to support the console.

Microsoft is expected to show the physical next-generation Xbox console at its announcement, if comments from a company official are any indication. In addition to the new Xbox console, the company is also reportedly working on a 7-inch gaming tablet called Xbox Surface and a set-top box that features Kinect integration, although it's unknown if those devices will be announced.

Source: ComputerAndVideoGames

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Sweet. Sounds awesome to me. EA makes the best games.
They should be partnering with LG too, and get all games out in 3D and DualPlay.
DualPlay is incredible, as long as the games are truly designed for it.

I will be glad if Origin merged with the Xbox service; the game networks are a bit too saturated at the moment. I am sure this agreement extends to not support any other platform.
Gabe, if EA want play along with Linux, you will need to go back to writing games son (not meant as an insult).

I will just place the next Xbox RUMORS here, for enjoyment[!]:
1. Not playing used games.
2. Internet connection always on required.
3. And now, the HORRORS of Origin combined with XboxLive!
Someone make a script for a horror/thriller movie, please!

tomasse said,
I will just place the next Xbox RUMORS here, for enjoyment[!]:
1. Not playing used games.
2. Internet connection always on required.
3. And now, the HORRORS of Origin combined with XboxLive!
Someone make a script for a horror/thriller movie, please!

Analysts have already confirmed it will kill the console. Microsoft would have to be idiotic to do such a thing. PS4 will still have discs, therefore the XBOX should too. Well, Microsoft did put a tablet OS on people's laptops. I know about the shortcuts fanboys, I just don't have the wall space for the shortcut reference posters.

Patrick Danielson said,

Analysts have already confirmed it will kill the console. Microsoft would have to be idiotic to do such a thing. PS4 will still have discs, therefore the XBOX should too. Well, Microsoft did put a tablet OS on people's laptops. I know about the shortcuts fanboys, I just don't have the wall space for the shortcut reference posters.


You are overreacting to the discless feature, just like you are with the Shortcuts. I am sure there will still be discs, it is just that even now you are able to buy the games online and play them which is more practical. As far as concerning the always on internet connection, it is just an unconfirmed rumour.

ChristopherSmith said,
Discs are overrated. Fully digital collections ftw. Dread to think of the hell of managing my 130+ steam games if they were a disc each Oo

Yeah, I dread to think what you would have done, you might have resorted to selling some, or trading games with friends for games you haven't played, it's a horrible past I hope I never see again because I hate money......................

JaredFrost said,

Yeah, I dread to think what you would have done, you might have resorted to selling some, or trading games with friends for games you haven't played, it's a horrible past I hope I never see again because I hate money......................

I bought that vast majority of those games for 1/3rd of the price I'd have purchased them as a disk in retail. Much as I'd love to burn £40 to buy a disc and then sell it for £10 the year after, I could just y'know...buy it for £15 and keep it.

Frankly I'm not even sure I agree with trading/selling games anyway. Far as I'm concerned, the money handed over is to pay the wages of the people that made it, and to help them afford to make more such decent games for me to play in the future!

Sure, actively blocking the used games market is a bad thing, but participating in it has it's negatives too.

Am I the only one that really can't stand these limited time exclusive deals?

It's like they act like we're all going to suddenly switch from our favorite console just to not be mildly inconvenienced by the company who wants you to buy their product. As a consumer, I just find this stupid.

I just hope it doesn't have anything to do with the possibility that Microsoft might block used games on their new console. EA, before any other developer, would LOVE this. They have been the pioneers in being a thorn in the side of used game buyers, including the now famous online pass you have to purchase to play a game online, meaning they can charge for a game twice or more times. I can see them cozying up with the console that's willing to block these used games, and since Sony said they aren't going to, I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

I've always been an Xbox guy, and the funny thing is, I don't even really buy used games, but if MS blocks used games, I'll go PS4 no question.

even though they said they support PS4, they could have timed exclusives for XBOX. Madden,FIFA,NHL alone would be a huge ****in deal.

Hopefully whatever contract MS has with EA that allows them to run and manage their own onlines servers doesn't extend into the new xbox, that was a horrible idea on MS part EA cannot be trusted to run their own servers.

It wasn't MS' idea in the first place, they wanted all the MP to be on the Live servers, but EA wouldn't play ball

/Supposedly, something similar is part of the reason that EA stopped selling games on Steam and made Origin

Sraf said,
/Supposedly, something similar is part of the reason that EA stopped selling games on Steam and made Origin

That's because they get all the money from the sale, & through steam they lose some % in fee's to valve. Although this does mean I no longer buy EA's triple A titles, oh well.

EA had a conference call yesterday discussing the PS4. Confirming that they fully support the PS4. This Microsoft EA partnership is a best a timed DLC deal. And is anyone really worried about Madden and FIFA being on both next gen systems?

For enough money they would.... ms has a history of buying 3rd party exclusives with gears of war, mass effect 1 both being done like this and ryse would have been the next but still has yet to be released. I could see ms opening the wallet and fund a new IP.

tytytucke said,
EA, Activision, Ubisoft have the worst titles.

Agreed, occasionally they will have something to do with a good game. However I find that I have little interest in the majority.

Jose_49 said,
Dude, then what do you play?
I don't remember last time I played a game by these companies (and I'm not joking)

tytytucke said,
EA, Activision, Ubisoft have the worst titles.

You must not get out much. Battlefield 3 is hugely popular and one of the most engaging games around.

Leopard Seal said,

You must not get out much. Battlefield 3 is hugely popular and one of the most engaging games around.

Not everyone has a bad taste in games like you.

Leopard Seal said,

You must not get out much.

Yes, I live under a rock because I believe EA produces a lot of garbage. You must be a video game expert.

Leopard Seal said,

You must not get out much. Battlefield 3 is hugely popular and one of the most engaging games around.

These guys still play Colecovision. Dead Space, Mass Effect, Battlefield... all junk compared to the indie $1.99 deal on steam. So sophisticated!

I used to play games by them...once. EA actually come out with some alright titles (Purely because of DICE mind you), however I don't buy them because they don't want to put them on steam, shame as I'd happily give them money then.

Only games I've played fairly recently are CSS, TF2, LoL, SC2, Borderlands 2 and a slew of indie titles.