Matt Diamond, on June 11th 2007, 02:25 PM, said:
What's amazing me about this is the fact that EA is publishing the titles. Even though Cider removes much of the pain of the port, given the serious lack of retail presence for Mac software this move is actually a significant risk for EA. Even Apple Stores have reduced their shelf-space for games, in favor of more iPod accessories. Yet EA isn't just testing the waters here, they are jumping in with 6 titles. And I'm pretty sure they won't be hybrid releases either.
There are also lifecycle differences with Mac software that many publishers seem oblivious to: sales seems to be slower up front but if the title remains available it sells for longer periods of time. It's not certain that EA will be able to handle the Mac market the way a company like Aspyr has learned to.
EA must have calculated that Apple Stores and online stores like Amazon would make this a profitable venture. They may also have a deal with Apple that gives them prominent shelf-space in the retail and online Apple Stores.
It's going to be real interesting. I hope it works out for them.
DoctorGonzo, on June 11th 2007, 03:50 PM, said:
I'd prefer this deal not have occurred and we continued to receive native games - even with the delay associated with them.
I have my doubts as to EA's ability to manage the Mac market and the real-world viability of the Trans Gaming stuff.
HAH! We should be saying "Welcome back EA!"