EA Games Europe’s senior vice president Patrick Soderlund is on a roll this week. On Tuesday, I told you about his alleging that, unlike the PlayStation 3, the Xbox 360’s tech has been “maxed out.” Now today, Soderlund is once again taking personal shots, only this time they’re aimed at targets closer to EA’s home.
During E3 last week, Soderlund told VideoGamer.com that Bizarre Creations’ high-octane action racer Blur is “completely underwhelming. I don’t understand what’s up with that game to be honest.”
Not content with belittling just one rival racing franchise, Soderlund went on say that he’s “very confident” that EA’s Need for Speed: Shift is a “better game” than Microsoft’s racing sim Forza Motorsport 3. Sounds like your typical corporate posturing to me, so I can’t really fault him for that.
On the positive side, Soderlund did say that he was impressed with Disney Interactive’s mind-blowing kaboom-fest Split/Second. Of course, that game looks absolutely insane, so no real surprise there. It probably also doesn’t hurt that Shift and Split/Second aren’t exactly competitors the same way Forza and (to a lesser extent) Blur are. Whatever the reasons may be, one thing is quite clear: There aren't nearly enough racing games coming out this year.