Talking in the Electronic Arts shareholder meeting today, EA Games head Frank Gibeau has referenced The Godfather 2
as a currently in-development title at his EA Games brand.
Responding to a shareholder question about how EA deals with more mature, edgier titles - with the question referencing the way that Disney uses labels such as Miramax to subdivide its fare, Gibeau was asked to answer the question.
Gibeau is the head of EA Games, one of the four new EA divisions (alongside EA Sports, Casual, and the Sims division.) EA Games, which also includes the EA Partners publishing label and high-profile titles such as the Warhammer Online
MMO, has $1.15 billion in yearly revenue.
The EA exec started by noting: "The appeal of those types of games is growing as the demographics start to open up for that older demographic", and continued: "We make products like Godfather 2, Army Of Two, Crysis
- a lot of products that appeal to that older customer."
Industry analyst Todd Greenwald had already reported in a 2007 research note, following a visit to EA, that he believed The Godfather 2
was in development. But this mention by Gibeau appears to confirm that the famous franchise, which spawned a multi-SKU 2006 title from EA, is being used for a second game.
Gibeau ended his answer by also noting that "...the good news is that we have a good critical mass of franchises and brands" in the mature/older gamer-oriented market. No specifics on launch dates or platforms for the title were revealed.