An interview with Electronic Arts’ COO Peter Moore reveals the publishing giant’s stance on the recent influx of HD remakes, relating the trend to looking backwards.
Moore, who is best known for his heavy involvement with the Xbox and Xbox 360, didn’t hold back when he was asked about EA’s approach to re-releasing older titles. Curiously enough, Moore echoed the sentiments of former rival and Nintendo “Creative Fellow” Shigeru Miyamoto when he discussed why EA has actively resisted the current market trend:
“Remakes, because of who we are, and this broad portfolio of intellectual property…you add all that together, I don’t know where we find the time to do remakes…we’re a company that just likes to push forward.”
Moore also elaborated on how he personally feels about developers and publishers pushing out old games on newer platforms, saying that “it feels like pushing stuff out because you’ve run out of ideas.” Moore did concede that not every studio or publisher is in as enviable a position as EA, however, and that for some in the industry the pursuit of HD remakes makes sense:
“For a lot of companies, remakes are a great way to drive revenue. It’s sub-cost, it’s an IP that’s there, you can remaster, and that’s great.”
Unfortunately for those gamers who anticipated the possibility of a Mass Effect HD Remastered Collection, it appears EA is a long ways off from considering that idea a viable prospect. In fact, Moore also vocalized his surprising opinion on backward compatibility, stating that “in the old days, backward compatibility was to convince your mom to buy the new console”. Interestingly, EA will be releasing some of their back catalogue of Xbox 360 games for the Xbox One’s backward compatibility function later this year.
Perhaps EA’s COO feels so strongly about HD remakes precisely because the publisher has the luxury of re-releasing old games directly into gamers’ Xbox One libraries, which allows the company to skip over the time it takes to remaster games and focus on newer titles instead. The interview, conducted with IGN, also helps quell the rumors of a potential Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake that had been making rounds earlier this year.
Although EA has clearly taken a strong stance against HD remakes, other developers and publishers are enthusiastically embracing them. One need look no further than Square Enix’s announcement of the Final Fantasy 7 HD Remake to see how massive the sales potential in revisiting an old favorite can be, and it will be fascinating to see whether the current trend becomes an industry mainstay or a niche market limited to smaller companies the way EA believes it will.
How do you feel about HD remakes? Would you rather play an improved take on an old favorite or a new IP?