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EA lets cats out of the bag: Announces 35 games for FY 2011


EA games recently released their fiscal report for their fiscal third quarter of 2010. With numbers like $1.26 billion in revenue, down from $1.65 billion in the previous year, it sounds like EA is still doing ok. The company lost almost as much money as AMD in the past couple of years, and this forced the closure of some studios and more importantly, re-focusing on producing higher-quality titles. At least, that’s what the management is now saying and games like Dragon Age, Mass Effect and signing up teams such as Epic Games. The important information released, at least to gamers, is all about EA?s planned releases for fiscal year 2011 – converted into regular calendar year, we’re talking about this one.

The Triple A titles that really jump out are FIFA 2010 World Cup and Tiger Wood PGA Tour 11, both being released in the first quarter. We’re quite pleased to see EA sticking with Tiger Woods even after his recent affairs – after all, to paraphrase EA’s slogan: "Tiger Woods – He’s in the game." 😉 The future of the franchise, however – may be up for a reboot after hearing that the development team behind this title suffered major cuts and that the company is bringing fresh minds. Also, "coming our way in May" is Need For Speed World, an online take on the popular franchise. The second quarter i.e. this summer includes APB, Cops vs. Robbers MMO, all-new Medal of Honor [franchise reboot], Madden NFL 2010, FIFA 2011, and NHL 2011.

MMA is an interesting opening of a new franchise for EA Sports
MMA is an interesting opening of a new franchise for EA Sports

The Holiday season [third fiscal quarter] is however, filled with strong titles. EA is coming out with Crysis 2, EA MMA [mixed martial arts game], NBA Live 11, and The Sims 3 for consoles.

Unfortunately for us, perhaps the most intriguing titles aren’t coming out in 2010. Going out with a bang in the fourth fiscal quarter EA will be launching Dead Space 2, Dragon Age 2, an all-new game from Epic Games [we wonder is it Epic themselves or perhaps CliffyB’s team – famous for Gears of War 1 and 2], another new Need for Speed title, a new Spore title and something very cryptic. COO John Shappert called this mysterious title "Something far-reaching from Mass Effect." If you have read a review anything new from mass effect should be something to get excited about.

This is the official list as released to investors:

EA Release Calendar for Fiscal Year 2011 – Q1 FY2011 – April 1 through June 30, 2010 
Skate 3 [Xbox 360, PS3]
Need for Speed World [PC] 
2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa [Xbox 360, PS3]
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 11 [Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Handhelds]

Q2 FY2011 – July 1 through September 30, 2010
APB [All Points Bulletin – PC]
Medal of Honor – Franchise Reboot, Title TBA [Xbox 360, PS3, Handhelds, PC]
NCAA Football 11 [Xbox 360, PS3, Handhelds, PC]
Madden NFL 11 [Xbox 360, PS3, Handhelds]
FIFA 11 [Xbox 360, PS3, Handhelds, PC]
NHL 11 [Xbox 360, PS3]
Monopoly Title TBA [Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Handhelds]
MySims Title TBA [Probably Wii, Handhelds]

Q3 FY 2011- October 1 through December 31, 2010
Crysis 2 [Xbox 360, PS3, PC]
Criterion’s Need For Speed Title TBA [Xbox 360, PS3, Handhelds, PC]
DTC Game For Console Online [Xbox 360, PS3 ? Downloadable]
FIFA Manager 11 [PC]
NBA Jam [Xbox 360, PS3, Wii)
NBA Live 11 [Xbox 360, PS3, Handhelds]
EA SPORTS Active Title TBA [Probably Wii]
EA SPORTS Active Title TBA [Probably Wii]
EA SPORTS MMA [Xbox 360, PS3, Handhelds]
Hasbro Family Game Night Title TBA [Console]
Hasbro Littlest Pet Shop Title TBA [Handhelds]
Harry Potter Title TBA [Console, Handhelds, PC]
The Sims 3 on Console Title TBA [Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Handhelds]
EA Play Label TBA [Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Handhelds, PC]

Q4 FY 2011- January 1 through March 31, 2011
Dead Space 2 [Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Handhelds]
Dragon Age Title TBA [Xbox 360, PS3, Handhelds, PC]
Shooter from Epic TBA [Xbox 360, PS3, PC]
Need For Speed Title TBA [Xbox 360, PS, PC]
EA Games Action Title TBA [Xbox 360, PS3, Wii – Downloadable]
EA SPORTS Fighting Title TBA [Xbox 360, PS3]
EA Play Hasbro Title TBA [Xbox 360, PS3, Wii – Downloadable]
New Sims Title TBA [PC]
Spore Title TBA [Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC]
"Something far-reaching from Mass Effect," as EA COO John Schappert
put it.

Thanks to tradingmarkets.com for this insight.