EA bringing back 'a couple' of old franchises, exec teases

Gibeau drops Road Rash, Desert Strike hints

EA is looking to reimagine and bring back "a couple" of classic franchises, newly-promoted EA Labels president Frank Gibeau teased at GamesCom.


Speaking to CVG in Cologne, the former EA Games boss stressed that the pubishing giant - which wowed showgoers with Battlefield 3, Mass Effect 3 and more today - needs more reasons than just updated tech to revive one of its many vault classics.

"We do have a couple of old franchises that we're looking at right now... reimagining them and bringing them back," he said.

"We've got 25 years of good IPs and I've worked on a few of them in my career like Road Rash and the Strike series. So I have a strong affinity for a lot of the things we've done in the past.

"We kind of have a rule which is you've got to have a really good reason to bring something back - What can you do to it that makes it fresh and brings something new to the equation of the franchise?"

He added: "Like basically what we did with Medal of Honor when we brought it back; we looked at going after more modern themes... the war that's happening now as opposed to a historical war. That was the reason we brought Medal of Honor back.

"But when we look at Road Rash, the Strike series or some of these other franchises we really challenge ourselves. We can't just put them on new tech with the same gameplay from ten years ago, we've got to have something new. That's the typical challenge that we have."

EA is hotly rumoured to be working away on a remake of Bullfrog RTS Syndicate, while a revival of Road Rash was reportedly canned some years ago.

What say you, readers? Which EA classics would you like to see revived in HD?