Things are really starting to get interesting now it seems. If you were wondering why EA didn’t show up at Sony’s PS4 press conference this past month, it could have been for good reasons. New rumors are suggesting that EA has struck a massive business arrangement with Microsoft to bring exclusive content to the next Xbox system.
We know what you are thinking – no more PlayStation Battlefield content first right? This could now be a possible outcome when Battlefield 4 arrives, with the game even releasing on the next Xbox first before PS4, or if that doesn’t happen – timed exclusives on all BF4 add-on content as we saw with the PS3 version of Battlefield 3.
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The rumors have surfaced from CVG, who are treating this as fact and have said that it will be announced officially at Microsoft’s planned Xbox event on April 26. We did wonder at the time why EA wasn’t present at Sony’s event at all, considering the likes of Square-Enix, Ubisoft and Capcom were all there with brief reveals of their own.
Aside from Battlefield, it could also mean timed exclusive content for the likes of FIFA 2014 and maybe even Mirror’s Edge 2 dare we say it which is already thought to be in development by DICE. Imagine if Microsoft has managed to pull off a deal with EA, so that Battlefield 4 launches on the Xbox 720 before the PC and PS4 – that would obviously send shockwaves throughout the industry.
Let’s hope it just means timed-exclusive content for now and not actual full game releases not appearing on other platforms. It’s a shame things can’t stay neutral as we enter the next-gen phase, but then again – we all know that money talks. Next-gen COD and next-gen BF may now be tied to Microsoft on a shoe-string – give us your thoughts on this deal should it turn out to be real next month.