) and Insomniac Games announced the availability of their new
in North American stores. The game is also available for download
from EA's online distribution platform Origin. In Europe, the
game is set to release on May 31.
, which features a co-op mode, allows players to play any of the
four characters - Dalton Brooks, Izzy Sinclair, Jacob Kimble and
Naya Deveraux - to fight the alien energy source called Fuse.
offers a LEAP feature, which allows gamers to switch to any of
the four characters during the game to accomplish the mission of
destroying Raven, a rogue paramilitary organization.
Although co-published with Insomniac,
is EA's only original game title for fiscal year 2014. EA
is slated to release 11 games during the year, of which 10 are
sequels and updates to major franchises such as
Major game publishers such as EA and
have been criticized by gamers for the lack of new game titles in
their portfolio. Their overdependence on sequels of matured
franchises has been one of the primary reasons behind gloomy
retail sales in recent times.
Call of Duty
, none of the other franchises from these two major publishers
has tasted phenomenal success in recent times. EA's top-line
performance has suffered mostly from below par sales of the
latest installments of
Medal of Honor
In such a scenario, we believe that
is an important addition to EA's portfolio. However, Fuse is
currently available on old consoles from
and EA did not specify whether the game will be compatible with
new consoles such as Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
We believe that this uncertainty coupled with the overall gloomy
retail gaming environment and significant competition from
free-to-play games may hurt sales in the near term.
Nevertheless, we believe that EA's strong digital portfolio and
continuing growth in the free-to-play and online segment will
drive top-line growth going forward. Moreover, EA's efforts to
optimize costs through overhead reductions will be beneficial
Currently, EA has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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