In the interview he was talking about strong platforms being good for the industry and he started with Nintendo and Sony and then listed EA as almost a slip and then he started listing others like Activision and Ubisoft.
Personally, EA access being included is whatever, I subscribe to it now and really don’t love it except for the 10 hour trials.
If it’s premiere access or whatever the one on PC is, that’s a game changer for me. FIFA and Madden being day one on game pass would be great. I stopped buying all annual games Except NBA 2K a few years ago and don’t miss them much but having those games playable to all my friends who don’t sub to EA access but do to Game Pass would be awesome
Wild idea, but what if it’s Madden and Fifa? Would cost a ridiculous amount, but MS could probably give EA a discount on the “cut” they take from sales and could also give a marketing push (inside the Xbox dash) towards EA Access. I doubt it’s this, but it would definitely be a big deal.
I think the biggest and most reasonable AAA publisher is WB Games. A windfall of $1B for a five+ year deal would be huge for them. It’s a lot of money but it means that Microsoft can get huge games in their platform day 1 without taking on staff and having optics of layoffs. Also means they essentially avoid licensing issues.
I think a bigger publisher is more likely than a small one. Whether it’s Codemasters, EA, Sega or even WB. Smaller publishing deals wouldn’t be screamed from the roof top or held off as big news. Devolver or Annapurna would be Neat and i would love it but the general public wouldn’t care.
I personally think adding EA access would be entirely underwhelming. I am an EA access subscriber too, but I just don’t think that adds much value,personally. It’s like a few pounds a month saving for me which is lovely and adds up but it does nothing at all to excite me.
If EA added all games day one into the offering that’s huge but that is very unrealistic. Part of the problem with any gamepass announcement is the only thing that can really be exciting is big AAA games going into the service day one. It’s literally that good already that anything else will just be additive rather than exciting in its own right.