EA Sports might discontinue yearly releases of Madden and Federation Internationale de Football Association

Fifa 18 Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo in Fifa 18. EA

There are a few video games that you can count on being released every single year, and probably top of that list are EA Sports' behemoths Madden and Federation Internationale de Football Association.

EA CEO Andrew Wilson responded to a question from Bloomberg about whether this might ever happen by saying, "The short answer is yes".

Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson said there may soon come a time when the video-game publisher doesn't release a new annual version of hits such as Federation Internationale de Football Association 18 and Madden NFL 18 and relies instead on online updates or subscriptions.

"There's a world where it gets easier and easier to move that code around - where we may not have to do an annual release", he explained to Bloomberg. He suggests that EA could one day begin to offer these games as a "365-day, live service", meaning that they'll be frequently updated to better emulate the sports leagues they're based on. As fun as it is to get a new copy of a sports game, gaming developers have struggled in recent years to make these new games feel like anything other than glorified roster updates.

For years the video game industry has handled sports franchises in a routine fashion.

EA has already seen the benefits of its EA Access subscription service, and it has experimented with a mobile Madden NFL game that is regularly updated.

But in Korea or China, the service doesn't quite work the same way and EA instead releases a "big new code drop" every four years or so in order to offer incremental change over time. New titles are added about six months after their initial release.

"When we design a game that lives in a true streaming world, we have to think about screen size and session time", he said. Wilson went on in his interview to say that, "The greatest disruptor to the consumption of entertainment media in the last five years has been the combination of streaming plus subscription". Historically with companies, it has shown that regular updates for a monthly fee is a lot more manageable rather than $60 at a time.

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