EA’s Fourth Quarter Earnings Call

Electronic Arts did their fourth-quarter earnings call and there were a few interesting tidbits about Star Wars. There wasn’t loads of info about Star Wars in there, so you may not want to listen to the entire call unless you’re an investor, or just really into following what EA is up to. We took the liberty of pulling out some of the Star Wars highlights to make it easier for you. We’ll link to the full call below if you want to listen.

You know they couldn’t have this meeting and not talk about Star Wars Battlefront II, so let’s see how it was mentioned:

  • EA said they continue to be committed to the game by listening to player feedback and making changes as needed. They pointed to the progression system revamp as well as Solo Season 2 as some examples of their commitment.
  • The return of microtransactions in SWBFII didn’t have any impact on EA’s profits. The reason is that the microtransactions came back late in the quarter to make any difference. We should probably see something next quarter if sales end up being pretty good.
  • Loot boxes: EA execs were asked whether they were concerned in regards to some countries taking active steps to regulate loot boxes and classify them as a gambling activity. EA indicated that they don’t believe that loot boxes are a form of gambling. They highlighted that they continue to work with regulators across the world.

They also spoke of a Star Wars mobile game that is in development, Star Wars Rise to Power. We should be hearing more about this during EA play.

They said they will continue to support Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes (SWGoH) for the long run, which will be great news to fans of that game. They said that the game won’t be in competition with Star Wars: Rise To Power. Both games are targeting different audiences. SWGoH continues to have one of the largest player engagement from all games.

EA will be revealing a new game during EA play in June. There was no mention whether that refers to Respawn’s Star Wars game or something else. So, we’re going to have to stay tuned to find out about that one.

You can find info and listen to a replay of the earnings call here: http://investors.ea.com/eventdetail.cfm?eventid=188608

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Lisa Clark

Lisa has been an avid gamer since she was old enough to hold her first controller and a game writer for more than a decade. A child of the Nintendo generation, she believes they just don’t make games like they used to but sometimes, they make them even better! While consoles will always be her first love, Lisa spends most of her gaming time on the PC these days- on MMOs and first-person shooters in particular.