Peter Moore – COO of EA – was very blunt during an interview with IGN when asked about a possible Mass Effect Trilogy – HD Remake. During the interview he expressed that HD remakes are something EA has no interest in. When pushed on why he stated, “It feels like pushing stuff out because you’ve run out of ideas.”
Peter Moore continued to clarify, “Remakes, because of who we are, and this broad portfolio of intellectual property…you add all that together, I don’t know where we find the time to do remakes. We’re a company that just likes to push forward.”
He was careful to explain why the HD Remake has become a big push for other developers. Moore said “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.” In that short statement, he seemed to have locked EA in the camp that backwards compatibility or purchasing older titles is the only way to play their past games.
Speaking of backwards compatibility, Peter Moore expressed some thoughts in that area as well. “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.”
EA has stated on multiple occasions they are a big supporter of the Xbox One backward compatibility mode. So, it seems that EA is – at least for now – not going to put any energy in any big budget HD Remakes. What do you think about this attitude by EA? Do you feel it is the right way to go, or do HD Remakes have a purpose? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.