While Electronic Arts has invested millions
into making Star Wars: The Old Republic
an online powerhouse, Janco Partners analyst Mike Hickey said that an MMO based on BioWare's Mass Effect
could bring in even more money for the publisher.
"Looking forward, we believe BioWare could develop an MMO based on their highly successful Mass Effect
franchise, which should have a considerably better (relative StarWars MMO) margin profile, given the dilutive nature of the LucasArts royalty," Hickey said in a recent investor note.
Hickey also pointed out opportunities for EA to leverage the Battlefield
license, saying that the company could release a new entry in the series on an annual basis.
"We suspect they could release a Battlefield
franchise game annually, switching between Battlefield
and Bad Company
versions, similar to how Activision manages their Call of Duty
EA has previously acknowledged
that it considers the upcoming Battlefield 3
to be in direct competition to Activision's Call of Duty
franchise, noting that the title was "designed to take [Call of Duty