With the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlett systems expected to ship later next year, publisher Electronic Arts admits to being “very excited” about the next generation of hardware. During the company’s earnings call on Tuesday, July 30, EA says it’s been “working on [next-gen games] for some time,” Video Games Chronicle reports.
EA says it “will be ready” when the next generation hits. While the PS5 has no confirmed release window, we do know Scarlett will launch Holiday 2020. CFO Blake Jorgensen said EA has been “working hard on building games for next year on Gen 5.” Jorgensen mentioned Madden, saying, “As has happened in the past, not all games will come out on Gen 5 immediately. Obviously, games like Madden, you probably bring the Gen 5 game out when the Gen 5 console ships, not when Madden itself ships.”
While EA is looking forward to the next generation of hardware, Platinum Games CEO Atsushi Inaba said “it’s more of the same.” Inaba seems unimpressed with Microsoft and Sony’s upcoming consoles, saying, “It’s nothing that’s disruptive or super innovative.”
GameStop, on the other hand, is looking forward to the forthcoming systems. Particularly, GameStop is excited about them still having disc drives, with chief customer officer Frank Hamlin saying, “We’re very much a believer in helping our customers sell them a physical game when they want it.”