EA and the EA Sports label have always been big supporters of Sony and their consoles. Series’ like Madden, Fifa and Tiger Woods have been mainstays on the Sony systems since the PS1. Even the PSP sported plenty of their titles. So where were they at Sony’s NGP press conference?
Sony employed many of their major franchises to show off the new hardware, including a couple sports titles like WipEout and Hot Shots Golf, but there wasn’t an EA title in site. Sony also released a list of third party developers and publishers working on NGP titles, which does not mention EA or EA Sports. It does, however, mention 2K Sports. Gamers may remember how 2K Sports came about. When EA decided not to support the SEGA Dreamcast, Take-Two Interactive developed the 2K series to fill the void of sports games on the console. The 2K series had some great games in it but could not replace EA in the minds of players. Many consider lack of support from EA to be one of the major reasons the Dreamcast failed in the video game market.
Nothing has been officially stated about Sony’s relationship with EA or if they’ve decided not to support the NGP. Could they have abandoned the console before it’s even been released? Will this be an issue for the NGP like it was for the Dreamcast? Only time will tell. Or a press release.