EA has its Halo, even without Bungie

Crysis 2 is seen as EA’s “Halo killer”; that’s according to EA Games label president Frank Gibeau who says the publishing giant and Crytek were looking to craft a game “that would squarely go after what Bungie built”. And Crysis 2, said to be “a resetting of the franchise,” is it.

Crysis 2 “is spectacular, very high-end, and is going to be a multi-year franchise,” Gibeau says.

The words come from a recent chat where Gibeau explained how Bungie’s recent signing with Activision still leaves EA with a most impressive shooter line-up to go after the rival publisher with. Crytek (Crysis 2), DICE (the Battlefield series), Epic Games (Bulletstorm), EALA (Medal of Honor) and all the Modern Warfare developers who are joining the EA-backed Respawn Entertainment make “a pretty damn killer team,” he says.

“…we’re very pleased and confident with what we got and the franchises in our portfolio.”

EA CEO John Riccitiello has previously made it clear that he wants the first-person shooter leadership back from Activision.