Outlines two possible scenarios to end the current FPS war.
By Tim Colwill on August 1, 2013 at 1:31 pm
John Riccitiello, who stepped down as EA CEO in March, has used his first public interview since his departure from the company to speak a bit more candidly about this year’s installment of The Big FPS War between Battlefield and Call of Duty.
“What’s been fascinating watching Activision over the last few years is that I’ve heard that mentioned before, about them not being the company they could or should be,” said Riccitiello to Games Industry International. “They’ve pulled off some notable successes.”
“The one thing I know most about now is Battlefield and CoD and I feel pretty confident that EA’s got better cards. But the last billion dollar brand created from scratch in this industry was Skylanders. Is the next billion dollar brand going to come from Activision? I don’t know. But if it does then they can sustain the loss of leadership in the field of shooters.”
Riccitiello explained two possible scenarios that he sees happening to tip the balance in the war.
“There’s one scenario where they ship a new MMO, it replaces WoW, Call of Duty stays at the top of the charts, Skylanders goes from strength to strength. They do a couple of things with their licenses, everything goes fine. Then there’s a scenario where WoW continues to decline, Battlefield takes the mantle from CoD, Skylanders proves to be a flash in the pan and Activision proves to be a shitty company at that point.”
Source: Games Industry International