Microsoft leveraged timed exclusivity deals with Activision for the "Call of Duty" series and Bethesda Softworks for "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim" and "Fallout 3" to its benefit for the Xbox 360. A new report on Wednesday suggests that the console maker is set to announce a similar deal with Electronic Arts for its next Xbox (aka Xbox 720).
Microsoft and Electronic Arts have secured a partnership for the next-gen Xbox according to two anonymous sources with the British gaming website, CVG. Given the multi-platform preference of the publisher, it is likely that any exclusivity deal would be for timed exclusive DLC or other content on the console.
Electronic Arts was absent from Sony's reveal of the PS4 which leads some to believe that it will be present at Microsoft's Xbox 720 reveal currently rumored for April. If so, likely candidates for exclusive content includes "Battlefield 4" and Respawn Entertainment's unannounced game. Sony already enjoys a brief timed exclusivity deal with "Battlefield 3" and announced a deal with Activision for exclusive content for Bungie's "Destiny".
That doesn't mean the PS4 will be left out in the cold by Electronic Arts though. Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen said the publisher "excited about Sony's platform" and that "Battlefield 4" looked "stunning" on the console during a Morgan Stanley conference on Tuesday.