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EA boss: We haven't forgotten about Road Rash, Magic Carpet or any other old IP

Electronic Arts has spent the past few years building up new IP like Dead Space while also striving to make flagging, yet still-modern series relevant again, like Need for Speed: Most Wanted and Medal of Honor. Meanwhile, the company is sitting on a treasure trove of beloved franchises that haven't seen new installments in years.

EA's Frank Gibeau told CVG that the company is "very cognizant" of its back catalog.

“I worked on Desert Strike and Road Rash back in the day on Sega Genesis, so trust me - I'm familiar with the IP history,” said Gibeau. 

Where does that leave fans of Wing Commander, Road Rash, Magic Carpet, or any other fondly remembered series?

"When looking at a new bet, a new investment to make, we always look at whether we should create a new IP, bring one back or have something in active growth right now that we can double down on," he said.

"So we constantly look at ways to grow the recent category of titles like Burnout, Need for Speed, Road Rash - these are things we constantly think about. It's the same thing with the old Bullfrog IPs like Dungeon Keeper, Populous, Powermonger, Magic Carpet... I can go on. So we do look at that stuff and are very cognizant of our past."

But don't get your hopes up too high, warns Gibeau, because many of those 'classics' aren't actually as good as you remember. Production values are higher and even basic game mechanics are quite different today.

"The key thing for us is, if we do bring [any of those] back, the game has got to be good. I don't know about you, but when I look back at GoldenEye, I think of it as this amazing game and then you go and play it and are like, 'Oh. Really?.' From our perspective, we have to manage that element which makes things look nicer in the rearview mirror compared to what you have to do now in the modern day."

[Source: CVG]

Mar 28, 2011

12 comments

  • lee-john-nolan - January 5, 2012 8:42 a.m.

    i think the EA bosses carnt see the potential in the epic game they gave us Burnout Paradise with Free roaming And Bikes Well add weapons jumps and a story and a gang online mode there you go .... Come on EA stop messing us around WE WANT ROAD RASH
  • presc1ence - March 29, 2011 7:05 p.m.

    ROAD RASH!!!!!!!!! PLEEEEEEAAAAASSSSSEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • NeelEvil - March 29, 2011 12:48 p.m.

    Road Rash & Future Cop LAPD are crying out for updates. @Enraged Tortise- You're seriously suggesting Road Rash being dark & gritty would ruin it? A game about illegal street racing where participants regularly smash each others faces in?
  • quincytheodore - March 29, 2011 11:25 a.m.

    New Road Rash would be great, I'd buy it... Put some inconveniently clothed girls and more blood, focused on slow-mo when someone is knocked down, like in Fight Night / Burnout, better yet, make them got run over by some vehicles when they are rolling painfully on the ground.. So gonna sell... PS : Not sarcasm, I can imagine someone saying that on EA meeting or something
  • bass88 - March 29, 2011 11:03 a.m.

    I'd love a new Dungeon Keeper. I played the second one again recently and it is still a brilliant game. And I'm not the biggest fan of RTS.
  • BeerBaron - March 29, 2011 2:25 a.m.

    Last time I played Road Rash was on the 3DO, great game. Wing Commander would be fun too.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - March 29, 2011 1:36 a.m.

    It might be brought back, but it'd have to be "darker, grittier". Because that's what sells. I'm not too happy about it either. :P
  • mustang88GT - March 29, 2011 12:25 a.m.

    EA, please bring back Road Rash. I've seen a lot of people want Road Rash back as well. There are still a lot of Road Rash fans out there who want to see a new game. Heck, I still play the Road Rash series (especially Road Rash for the PSX) and enjoy it just as much as any new game. That just shows how great Road Rash still is, at least for me. And I'm sure a lot of other people feel the same way. I also saw a Road Rash beta on Youtube and it looked amazing even as a beta. A new Road Rash game for a current console would be amazing.
  • Cruddi - March 29, 2011 12:10 a.m.

    I'm sure i've heard Syndicate is coming back sometime soon. I also KNOW i have seen beta footage of Road Rash from a few years ago on youtube most of the textures were missing but it was there.
  • StrayGator - March 28, 2011 11:48 p.m.

    PLEEEEEEAAAASE bring back One on one: Dr. J. vs Larry Bird. or Syndicate.
  • OriginalJonty - March 28, 2011 10:57 p.m.

    Fond memories of road rash. It needs to be brought back.
  • GAYMER - March 28, 2011 10:50 p.m.

    Please, please, please bring back Road Rassh

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