EA knows how to throw its weight around, and the time is now right for the mega-publisher to begin investing heavily into development for the next generation of console gaming platforms. According to their official report covering their most recent fiscal year, EA is prepared to invest some $80 million USD into "development of games for Gen4 console systems" throughout fiscal year 2013.
However, EA CEO John Riccitiello acknowledged in his conference call yesterday that this big investment into next-gen (which presumably includes the Wii-U for starters) will likely lead to yet another round of restructuring, as well as some trimming of licensed titles that aren't in line with the game plan.
The publisher also saw fit to realign its release schedule for the coming year, to the detriment of its annual revenue forecast; according to interim chief financial officer Kenneth Barker, EA will be pushing back an unnamed/unknown title into next fiscal year for undisclosed reasons.
EA enjoyed strong growth in digital revenue, pocketing a handsome $1.2 billion USD for the fiscal year. Its fortunes in the online space weren't entirely gold, however; EA lost some 400,000 subscribers for its big-budget Star Wars MMO in the final quarter of FY2012 alone, a serious blow which has been giving investors and analyst alike serious cause for concern over the publisher's potential earnings in the coming fiscal quarters.