Industry analyst Michael Pachter likes to make predictions. He has all kinds of views on the future of the industry and what we can expect going forward. Now he has turned his attention to EA’s upcoming titles and his predictions might turn out to be correct.
In his latest report for Wedbush, Pachter and his team commented that “EA’s strong presence on the next-gen consoles positions the company to thrive in coming years”.
FY:16 is expected to feature incremental releases Mass Effect 4, Mirror’s Edge 2, a new Need For Speed game, and Star Wars: Battlefront, as well as meaningful re-orders for Battlefield Hardline, which launched in late Q4:15.
EA’s financial year 2016 runs from April 2015 through to March 2016. While the report doesn’t indicate where in the year those games will be released, we are expecting Need for Speed and Star Wars: Battlefront before the holiday season. Could Mirror’s Edge 2/reboot and the new Mass Effect come by then, too? Or, will EA finally make us excited for post-holiday gaming with Mass Effect getting released by this time next year?
I still take Pachter’s predictions with a grain of salt, but he certainly could be right. Bioware is still riding the wave of praise for Dragon Age: Inquisition; they’d do well to release Mass Effect in the next year or so to capitalize on that. Of course, it depends on how far along development is. However, they keep teasing that the game is in a playable state. Perhaps we will see a proper reveal at E3 this year.
Last Updated: April 9, 2015