EA: Skate Outsells Tony Hawk 2:1, PS3 Development Still A Challenge

by Mike Bendel January 31, 2008 @ 8:45 pm

Electronic Arts’ newly-created Skate franchise outperformed Activision’s latest Tony Hawk offering, according to an earnings conference call today. What makes this feat even more impressive is that Skate was released on only three different platforms, compared to Proving Ground, which launched across five platforms.

CEO John Riccitiello said that other EA titles, such as Rock Band, Orange Box and Crysis all performed well and exceeded expectations.

Speaking of the Orange Box, Riccitiello admitted that EA is still having a bit of trouble when it comes to PlayStation 3 development. While the company had no trouble with Burnout Paradise, which was led on the PS3 platform, it did have trouble with developing titles on PS3 that were either ran in parallel production or led on the 360. We assume that one of those titles was the now released, but delayed PS3 version of Valve’s Orange Box.

Despite this, Riccitiello reassured that EA is getting a handle on PS3 development and these problems are quickly becoming things of the past. Still, Riccitiello admits that “there still remains some catching up to do on the engineering side for the PS3.”

EA’s earnings call sheds light on coming titles, industry expectations [Mercury News]
PlayStation 3 Development Still Problematic For EA [Kotaku]

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