EA’s COO Peter Moore told IGN that the company has little interest in re-releasing old games anytime soon, as they want to focus on the future and expanding their portfolio of IP’s.
Moore said that re-releasing old games “feels like pushing stuff out because you’ve run out of ideas,” though understands why some other companies release them.
Moore explained that EA are a company with a “broad portfolio of intellectual property,” and would prefer to “push forward” rather than live on past glories, adding that they wouldn’t “find the time to do remakes. ”
But that’s not to say they don’t see the value of remakes. “For a lot of companies, remakes are a way to drive revenue. It’s sub-cost, it’s an IP that’s there, you can remaster, and that’s great. We don’t do that here. I don’t think that’s ever been in our culture.”
Peter Moore also shared his thoughts on Backwards Compatibility, and how quickly such features become irrelevant. “In the old days, backward compatibility was to convince your mom to buy the new console — not that you were ever going to use it. Once you got it? Those things went in the drawer, or on eBay.”
That said, EA will be having some of their games available on Xbox One’s Backwards Compatibility line-up later this year, meaning they won’t have to worry about doing remakes.
So that’s that. If you were hoping on seeing the Mass Effect trilogy or other, older titles remastered for Next-Gen systems you’re outta luck.