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Maxis is prepping the first "major" patch for SimCity, which is set to launch this coming Monday at around 1PM PST. While I'd argue that it's bizarre to issue a major update to a game in the middle of the day like this, this particular patch looks to be well worth it. In addition to a slew of bugs being fixed, the HUD has been improved for colorblind mode and mayors will now drive their fanciest vehicles around - cars, helicopters, limos and sports cars. Ahh, to be king. Taking care of complaints that casinos are not profitable enough, those have been improved upon with this patch. Unfortunately,... Read more...
When it comes to creative advertising potential, it's hard to beat a game like SimCity. In most titles, the idea of in-game advertising makes little sense. Sarah Kerrigan doesn't shop at Victoria's Secret, Booker DeWitt is an unlikely fan of Coca-Cola, and the post-apocalyptic setting of Metro 2033 isn't exactly prime McDonald's turf. But SimCity? SimCity is a game where it makes perfect sense to integrate real-world brands and buildings. A city filled with familiar logos and advertising is a city that more closely resembles the real world. That's undoubtedly why EA decided to partner with Crest... Read more...
At this point, after its CEO resigned in the aftermath of a launch fiasco, a couple of rounds of worker layoffs, and being voted “Worst Company in America”, Electronic Arts is probably in “screw it” mode. To that effect, the company announced that it’s killing off a trio of its Facebook games. The Sims Social, SimCity Social, and Pet Society will all be shut down on June 14th. In a blog post, EA staff stated, “After millions of people initially logged in to play these games, the number of players and amount of activity has fallen off. For people who have seen... Read more...
Electronic Arts is not in a good way these days. After the recent disastrous launch of SimCity, which led to the ignominious resignation of CEO John Riccitiello, the company was voted as the Worst Company in America. Now the company has confirmed a round of layoffs, which follow layoffs in Montreal and L.A. this February. Polygon believes this round will be focused on EA’s Montreal studio; EA did not release numbers on how many people would be let go. EA says that it’s streamlining operations and that it’s attempting to retrain or relocate as many employees as possible. As always,... Read more...
AMD has confirmed that Battlefield 4 will be part of its upcoming "Never Settle" bundle. The game isn't supposed to drop until late 2013, which means AMD is announcing a coupon package well in advance of the actual title. This isn't the first time a manufacturer has taken this step, but it's been quite awhile -- the last major tie-in we remember this far in advance was an offer for Valve's Orange and Black Boxes that shipped back in the 2004 time frame. It's not surprising to see EA and AMD teaming up, since BF4 was demoed on Team Red hardware about ten days back, but the "Never Settle" program... Read more...
Battlefield 4 isn’t going to be available until this fall, but EA is throwing us a bone (or does this count as teasing?) by posting a 17-minute video of the game’s “Fishing in Baku” mission. There’s a healthy mix of scripted scenes and more open gameplay, but in both cases the action moves very quickly. The visuals are smooth and stunning, particularly when it comes to the body movements of you and your team and down to small details like leaves rusting as you run past them and the position and glare of the sun as you move. There are spectacular crashes and lots of... Read more...
Electronic Arts may still be smarting from its less-than-stellar launch of SimCity, but the videogame giant has more tricks up its sleeve. It’ll be looking for a win with Fuse, the long-awaited FPS that has you fighting your way through a mess of baddies with a team of elite fighters. The game is expected to be available May 28 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. A look at the action in Fuse. Image credit: Insomniac Games Unlike the typical FPS, which has you flexing the trigger finger of a single warrior, Fuse puts you in charge of the whole team and lets you switch from one fighter to another.... Read more...
EA CEO John Riccitiello has resigned from his post after six years as the top man and the previous seven as COO. In all, Riccitiello has been with the company since 1997, but he’s leaving under a cloud. The company missed its financial goals of the last year and also this quarter, but most will point to the ill-fated launch of SimCity as the reason that he’s leaving--or at least, it was the straw that broke the camel’s back. The launch of SimCity earlier this month was a total fiasco from start to finish, top to bottom. EA and its subsidiary Maxis did not have the back end ready... Read more...
Three days ago, EA launched the latest version of SimCity. Opinions of the game itself have varied widely. Pre-launch reviews were generally positive, though a number of publications criticized the heavy reliance on multiplayer, small city sizes, and the fact that other players can deliberately sabotage hours of careful work. All other characteristics, however, have been overshadowed by the game's disastrous launch performance. How bad is it? Bad enough to make Diablo 3's launch look good. To date, EA has disabled online features, forced the game to run slowly, and implemented login queues. It... Read more...
According to EA's Chief Financial Officer, Blake Jorgensen, all future games from the company will include microtransactions in a bid to further monetize the product. "We're building into all of our games the ability to pay for things along the way, either to get to a higher level to buy a new character, to buy a truck, a gun, whatever it might be," Jorgensen said. "Consumers are enjoying and embracing that way of the business." Jorgensen acknowledged the security challenges inherent to processing microtransactions in a server backend, but claims EA has plan in place to mitigate the potential risk.... Read more...
PunkBuster, the anti-cheating service implemented in hundreds of online games, is down. As of the time of writing, the official PunkBuster website is up and down, after having been completely down for the past couple of hours. On Twitter, there are numerous reports of gamers who've been unable to play online in the most popular PunkBuster-backed title of the moment, Battlefield 3. Without getting into the reasons why a service like PunkBuster fails in so many ways, EA isn't ignorant of the current situation and has gone as far as to post an interim fix here (correction: apparently it is ignorant... Read more...
Electronic Arts' Blake Jorgensen has laid out the company's plans for future console games and given some insight into what EA expects the game market to look like through the end of this year and the beginning of next. EA has already stated it plans to invest an estimated $80M in creating next-generation titles in FY 2014 (EA's fiscal calendar starts on March 1), including new Battlefield and FIFA titles. According to Jorgensen, EA's goal for 2014 is to minimize the sharp sales drop that usually accompanies any new console launch. This is always a tricky problem for game developers. As of last... Read more...
Although Samsung sells more smartphones than Apple, its app store doesn't hold a candle to what the Cupertino company has built. The same can be true for all other smartphone vendors as well. One of the reasons smartphones really took hold of the world is because of what Apple had accomplished with its App Store, and now everyone else wants to pull the same level of success off. How? Developer incentives. Both Apple and Google take a 30% cut from whatever a developer makes, which hasn't bode too well for those looking to maximize their profits. So Samsung, in a partnership with EA and its Chillingo... Read more...
It's been a long time since we've last been able to play a proper new release of a SimCity game, with SimCity 4 having been released a staggering 10 years ago. If you happen to feel lenient and place SimCity Societies in the running, then it's still been a full six years since we've been able to indulge in our city-building addictions with a modern release. Fortunately, our wait is almost over, with the latest SimCity game, simply dubbed "SimCity", set to launch in March. Since March is still a little ways away, EA is allowing us to whet our appetites with an open beta set to take... Read more...
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