This really is more of a rant than anything else.
EA announced their end-of-quarter results on January 31st – it marked the end of their third quarter; their financial year ends in March. VG24/7 has a nice, non-sensationalised piece on their site.
But for a lot of other sites, when ‘Bioware’ and ‘new IP’ were mentioned in the same sentence, everyone’s speculation meter went into overdrive. I’ve seen articles using quotes from the conversation with all the delicious keywords like ‘fundamentally disrupt’, ‘not an RPG’, ‘action adventure’ and a whole bunch of other stuff.
I’ve even seen a couple of videos that – because they’re pure speculation with zero inside knowledge – are complete bonkers, because they talk about how Bioware might be making a Destiny clone. Jesus.
This is all that was said on the call:
“At the end of the fiscal year, our BioWare studio will be delivering an all-new IP, a clean-sheet design with new concepts, new gameplay mechanics, and new stories set in a unique new universe. This game has the potential to fundamentally disrupt the way people think about an action title, bringing friends together to play in an exhilarating new way. We’re very excited about the future of this new franchise and its ability to attract a large global audience.”
That’s straight from the transcript of the end-of-quarter call, which I’ve linked to so you can read it if you like. A quick search for ‘Bioware’ and ‘new IP’ will take you to that particular section.
There was also this question from Brian Fitzgerald, an Analyst with Jefferies LLC:
Thanks, guys. Maybe a couple quick ones. The new BioWare game, I think you mentioned it was action and adventure in the description. Is that an RPG game, we should assume coming from BioWare’s history? And then, we may have missed this, but is that owned IP or will that be royalty-bearing licensed IP?
And the answer, from Andrew Wilson, CEO of EA:
So it’s an action adventure, not RPG. So what we’re starting to see more and more in game genres, kind of genre-melding which is great components of a number of different genres, really kind of coming together into single games.
And so, when you think about this game, you should be thinking about the great RPG character development and storyline progression that BioWare is known for, but in a world of greater action and greater adventure which is growing to be one of the larger categories in games. It will be a wholly owned IP. We’re very excited about it, and we’ll share more in the year to come.
This is legitimately all that anyone knows about the game, outside of Bioware and EA. The report had pretty much no other information about the game and anything you see elsewhere on the internet, unless backed by a reputable source, is probably crap.
Perhaps we’ll learn more at E3 2017, perhaps not. But I’m more than content to wait until Bioware’s ready to release information. As I’ve said in the past, Bioware trailers are a goddamn treat; their games delicious story-based goodness.
There’s no point speculating on something about which we know next to nothing, and anyone suggesting that they know what’s coming out of Edmonton is probably wasting your time.