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After lots of delays, the game is finally hitting store shelves at an ideal time, given that the popular HBO series The Sopranos is in the thick of its sixth season. And the delays may have been worth it -- if the initial reviews are any indication, the game should be a good seller for the company. CNET's
With Electronic Arts capitalizing on one of the greatest films of all time, and feeding off the enthusiasm of one of television's most successful series, the Godfather game is sure to be a hit. However, it will take a whole lot more for the company to see software sales growth from traditional platforms in 2006. In its last conference call, Electronic Arts management indicated that it anticipates robust growth this year from its burgeoning online business -- which now does in excess of $80 million a year in sales -- as well as from handhelds, such as the Sony PSP, and mobile-phone gaming. But its bread-and-butter sales -- consisting of traditional game consoles -- are expected to head south. Management described 2006 as a "tough" year while the industry transitions to Microsoft's Xbox 360 and prepares for new platform launches in Sony's PS3 and Nintendo's Revolution.
But as the new cycle of next-generation gaming software floods store shelves in 2007, Electronic Arts should be able to cash in and increase its dominance in the video game software market. So set down the cannolis and pick up your pen and pad to do some additional research on the company's stock. At these prices, it just may be an offer we can't refuse.
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