Yesterday, Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello spoke at the William Blair & Company Growth Stock Conference in Chicago. Besides revealing the existence of a new Need for Speed and top-down strategy elements in Godfather 2, the executive also delivered a double shot of less-welcome news. Namely, that two of the top games from EA’s recently acquired BioWare and Pandemic studios won’t be arriving this year. When asked by an analyst about which of EA’s new intellectual properties would be among its internal top 10 bestsellers for 2008, Riccitiello began listing his picks. “Mercenaries 2, Mirror’s Edge, Spore, Dead Space, including subscriptions Warhammer [Online]–but that won’t show up in NPD, Battlefield: Bad Company…that’ll certainly get in there,” he predicted. Then, the executive added “Saboteur and Dragon Age” before quickly tacking on the qualifier, “but those two won’t make the calendar year because they’re coming in fiscal Q4.” EA’s fiscal year ends on March 31, 2009, which means that both games will now arrive in the first three months of next year. Today’s revelation will be a blow to those awaiting Saboteur, which had been expected on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 sometime in 2008. First revealed last March, the game… Read full this story
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