EA Chief Patrick Soderlund sat down with Gamesindustry.biz simply to discuss the company at large, but the site managed to get confirmation that a new BioWare IP is on its way.
A new BioWare IP (intellectual property) is currently in development and the head of EA has confirmed the public will learn a little more about it soon. Whether this means a variety of a concepts and ideas or a full reveal of the game isn’t clear, but given the company’s track record with making popular original IPs, there are more than a few fans anxiously awaiting any information the company will give them.
The news comes out of an interview from Gamesindustry.biz shortly before the beginning of Gamescom 2016, where the media outlet took a moment to speak with the Executive Vice President of EA Studios Patrick Soderlund. BioWare – one of many companies under EA’s umbrella – and its games were among the subjects discussed. Talk of a new IP was inevitable, but Soderlund was happy to oblige.
“But we’ve been very open about the fact that Bioware is working on a new IP, and we’ll get to talk about that in the not too distant future. We have other teams working on new IP as well. I think it’s about a balance, right? Making sure that we continue to push what great looks like for Battlefield or FIFA or Madden – or Star Wars, for that matter – while continuing to invest in something new.”
From what Soderland says, it appears the title is almost presentable. He went on to touch on how IPs are developed today and how EA handles its properties compared to a few years ago, saying the industry has become better at knowing what works and what doesn’t. He was also firm in stating that, while players definitely have an influence on how a game is made, they shouldn’t have complete control.
“We don’t want to design by committee, we don’t want to go out and let the players design the games for us – that’s not who we are – but we do want to make sure that we have touch points with players out there, so we can understand if we’re thinking about this in the right way.”
This attitude could be the result of the debacle concerning Mass Effect 3‘s infamous ending where gamers were very vocal on both sides of the debate on whether or not the ending should be changed because of its poor reception, but due to pressure from fans a new ending was eventually released. But this seems to be something EA regrets, or at least something they intend to cut off at the pass, which is encouraging if it means they will think more critically about how to complete their games.
At this point it’s all speculation, but the upcoming mystery title could be the new IP teased a few months back. It hasn’t been shown or even mentioned since and it’s had more than a few opportunities between then and now. It could also be the same IP GameSpot reported on, in which one BioWare employee called it “stunning.”
This should not come as a surprise to those who know the company’s history. BioWare has released a slew of critically acclaimed titles, many of which are original IPs. Some of the most popular include: Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and Jade Empire — which is getting a rerelease on iOS soon.
Fans could talk all day about what the IP is or isn’t, but the fact remains that EA isn’t talking until the title is ready. However, in almost every instance when the new IP has been brought up, the company has hinted at a short wait until its big reveal.