Electronic Arts has been doing that terribly interesting thing that companies do where they count up their pennies, tell everyone how many they have, then have a guess at how many more they'll be spending and earning in the coming months. You could call it a financial report, if you were boring. You could also call it a goldmine for sneaky tidbits of information about the next generation. Indeed, the company states in black and white that it is setting aside $80 million for the development of… what's this? 'Gen4 consoles'?
That's weird. Generation 4… ah yes, here it is. That was the period in gaming history that saw the Sega Mega Drive and Super Nintendo Entertainment System having a good old barny. It also saw the PC Engine and Neo Geo, which while comparative bit-part players both had their charms. Basically, this is fantastic news. About as expected as the Spanish Inquisition announcing it's nearly completed work on Shenmue III, admittedly, but just as welcome.
Not least because the 16-bit era was full of absolutely stonking EA classics. Road Rash, Desert Strike, Skitchin, Mutant League Hockey… imagine what gems the company could create with a budget of 80 million dollars!
Above: There it is, in black and white
Unless of course by 'Gen4' it's starting counting at PlayStation 1, in which case that would make Generation 2 the PS2, Gen3 PS3 and… Oh. That's what they're doing isn't it? They're budgeting for the development of games for Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4.
We're almost disappointed.