I know EA already has cooperated a lot with Microsoft in the past. They’ve always marketed themselves most toward the Xbox crowd, and they also have some exclusive games/services like EA access and Titanfall. I could be a good move financially to scoop up EA, and with Microsoft’s shift toward PC gaming and 4K console play having direct access to the Frostbite engine could be huge.
It could happen. I’m not going to say it WILL, but there’s a chance.
Indeed, MS has always been rather lenient with Rare’s past association with Nintendo provided it didn’t create a conflict of interest. A good example of this would be Rare’s Game boy Advance games that came out AFTER MS scooped up Rare. MS allowed it because they didn’t have any interest in the handheld market .