At 3/21/09 09:25 PM, CombatGoose wrote:
What do you guys think?
EA Sports has been around for years. Odds are you own a few, if not several of their respective sport game franchises. They currently release Madden NFL, NCAA Football, Tiger Woods PGA Tour, NASCAR, FIFA Soccer, NBA Live and NHL. All these games have high standards and do not disappoint. There is enough polish and refinement on these titles to make them enjoyable. The problem then does not lie with the playability of these games.
I think you're beginning to address your own query. Why innovate for innovation's sake?
EA Sports' slogan is 'EA Sports: It's in the game.' The more appropriate title would be 'EA Sports: It's Already Been In the Game'
It used to be "If it's in the game, it's in the game", what this means is that "If it's in the game <a ctual sport>, it's in the game <the product you have purchased". I.e. an in depth simulation.
The problem with these games, if not already apparent, will soon be brought forward: how can EA continue to pump out games year after year with few if any game play improvements or additions?
The same way in that the sports in question repeat themselves year after without adding "Instant death" rules
The market for returns on these games must be shrinking. If you already own NHL 2008, what are the odds you are going to want to spend an additional $60-70 to buy NHL 2009 a relatively similar product that you in essence already own?
The same odds that you'll watch the 2009 season of NHL
Granted there will be a market for new owners who recently purchased systems, or if new generation console come out such as the PS4, or the Xbox 720. Aside from this group though, who besides the hardcore fans will wish to buy these new iterations of the same product?
No-one, they aim their games at their demographic. People that are attracted to these franchises who aren't normally interested in the sport are a bonus.
If we are to take a look at series such as NHL, the changes between 2008 and 2009 were few and far between. Granted it included a new game type known as 'Be a Pro' wherein you work your way up fr om the minors, but this alone surely cannot justify spending more money on basically the same game. For several of EA's franchises the largest difference between any two given years can be, and very often is, simply a graphical upgrade, a new soundtrack, and an updated roster.
More variation than what the sport offers. And more variation than what is needed too
So my question is, how is EA going to continue to entice consumers to continue purchasing their products? If you already own Tiger Woods 07 on the Xbox 360, why would you want to buy Tiger Woods 09? So you can play as Michelle Wie? Not likely.
On the contrary, very likely. If you like the sport enough to buy the game for it, you will continue to do so.
We have already seen job loses at EA and the closure of Black Box Studio, most notable for their production of Skate and Need for Speed.
This is a poor example. Due to the state of the world's economies various jobs have been cut across all industries.
With the apparent desire to cut costs to help increase the bottom line, what are the odds one of these series will be axed all together?
None, guaranteed cash flows will not be severed.
Of course this whole assumption could be wrong as according to the NPD Group, Madden 09 has sold almost 4.5 million copies since its release. The perplexing question then is, what keeps bringing consumers back?
The love for their sport.
I'll use an example such as Gears of War 2. That mainly has a couple of weapons tacked on, a couple of maps and it's released as a game. But people's love for that game brings them back.
Don't worry about EAs sports franchise, it's one of the safest ones out there.