E3 is right around the corner, so most companies are withholding their big game reveals until then. However, with just a little over a month to go, EA has spilled the beans on a couple of previously unannounced projects during their quarterly financial report.
The two new games are unsurprisingly new entries in two of EA’s most popular franchises. EA is in fact developing a new game in the Need for Speed series as well as a new game in the Plants vs. Zombies series, with plans to give the games proper reveals at their E3 press conference in June.
Virtually nothing is known about the new Need for Speed or the new Plants vs. Zombies as of yet, besides their release windows. EA plans on having the new Need for Speed game drop somewhere between October and December of this year, whereas Plants vs. Zombies will drop at some point from January of 2016 to March.
We also know that the games will be console-focused, with an unannounced Need for Speed mobile game on the way to serve as a companion to the new console title. It is possible that the mobile game is in fact Need for Speed: No Limits, a controversial mobile title currently only available in test markets that actually charges players for virtual gas to play the game.
In actuality, this new Need for Speed was announced for consoles last year. Ghost Games, the current developers of the franchise, were hit with a round of layoffs by EA in February of 2014, with their 2014 Need for Speed game delayed to 2015. This announcement came with a promise from the studio, as they claimed the next Need for Speed would be “highly innovative”. We will find out soon enough if the next console Need for Speed game lives up to this promise.
It’s not uncommon for Need for Speed to grace consoles, and in fact that is the norm, but Plants vs. Zombies is usually thought of as a mobile title more than anything else. The series rose to prominence on those devices, but EA has experimented with bringing the franchise to consoles in the past. They’ve ported the original mobile versions to consoles, as well as created a console-focused third-person shooter in the form of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, which has experienced moderate success since its release last year.
Need for Speed and the new Plants vs. Zombies will both be available within the next 12 months. Specific platforms have yet to be announced, but PC, PS4, and Xbox One are almost guaranteed. Concrete release details, gameplay information, and more will be revealed at this year’s E3 event, so stay tuned.
Source: Electronic Arts