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We already know how Take-Two and Sony feel about prices increases for next-generation games for Xbox Series S/X and PlayStation 5 consoles, but one major publisher that has been relatively silent is Electronic Arts. Any talk of raising the price of games from $60 to $70 is sure to rile up gamers, so EA was perhaps wise to stay out of the discussion until the dust cleared. However, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen finally decided to wade into the fray during the company's earnings call this week. And given his comments, it appears that EA is receptive to raising prices if the industry starts trending that way. "We've always said games are getting more expensive. The experience is getting deeper.... Read more...
On October 6th, Apex Legends is getting a new collection event called Aftermarket. The event's update adds new cosmetics, a new limited-time mode (LTM) called Flashpoint, free rewards, and perhaps most importantly cross-play capabilities. While cosmetics are interesting, the cross-play capability is big news. Chad Grenier, game director for Apex Legends, states that “since the launch of Apex Legends, cross-play has been one of the most requested features from our players.” Fortnite players have enjoyed cross-play since 2018, so this feature being repeatedly requested is not surprising. Even though it will be in beta phase, players will can test the feature while the team behind Apex... Read more...
Star Wars fans have a new video game to look forward to from EA called Star Wars: Squadrons. Recently EA showed off a nearly 6-minute long gameplay video that gives a glimpse at the beautiful graphics and starfighter action that players can expect. The game is a first-person space dogfighting title that will allow players to fight as either an Imperial pilot or a Rebel pilot in a single-player campaign mode. The Imperial pilot that players can choose is Case Kassandora, while the Rebel pilot is Rao Highmoon. Both of the pilots are customizable by the player, and there's also a multiplayer mode in the game. In the multiplayer mode, Squadrons offers 5v5 online fighting action with multiple game... Read more...
Real-time strategy video game fans who were around in the '90s may have fond memories of playing various Command & Conquer games. The titles were incredibly popular in their day and are still popular with retro gamers today. One of the more exciting things to be announced by EA was that iconic RTS games Command & Conquer Red Alert and Tiberian Dawn were being remastered. The Command & Conquer Remastered Collection is now available to purchase on Steam. The C&C Remastered collection includes Command & Conquer and Red Alert, both remastered in 4K by former Westwood Studios team members. The collection includes all three expansions, rebuilt multiplayer, a modernized UI, map editor,... Read more...
EA producer Jim Vessella has taken to reddit to talk about something that is surprising to hear from a major game publisher. EA will be heavily supporting game modders with the upcoming re-releases of some classic video games, including Command & Conquer and C&C Red Alert. According to Vessella, EA will be "releasing the TiberianDawn.dll and RedAlert.dll and the corresponding source code under the GPL version 3.0 license." By releasing that source code, EA is enabling fans of those old games to "design maps, create custom units, replace art, alter gameplay logic, and add data." Some fans who create mods for the game already have the source code to allow them to get content ready to download... Read more...
Apex Legends was a latecomer to the battle royale genre, but it has still amassed a ton of players, and fans of the game have been waiting for a new Legend and a new map to enjoy in Season 3. A new launch trailer has debuted that shows some details on the map along with what the new Legend can do. The map is called World's Edge and the new Legend is Crypto. The map keeps with the "Meltdown" title for the third season, which will launch on October 1st. Season 3 sees the Apex Legends crew heading to Planet Talos from Planet Solace. World's Edge has a section that appears to be lava of some sort with some of the map covered in snow. The trailer, unfortunately, is cinematic and doesn't offer... Read more...
Electronic Arts had gamer hopes high when it first announced the Anthem. Those hopes were smashed for many players when the launch of the high-profile game was botched, leaving the game broken and gamers unhappy with what was delivered. Anthem is now moving into The Vault, meaning it is playable in its basic version for those with subscriptions to EA Access or Origin Access Basic. Anthem Standard Edition can be played as much as the players want, as long as the subscription is maintained. Players will get access to the Ranger, Interceptor, Colossus, and Storm javelins. EA is also giving some tips to new players of the game, suggesting that players will want to check out the quick start guide... Read more...
EA's popular life simulation game called The Sims 4 has been around for half a decade now, and the game is available on PS4, PC, and Xbox. As the years went by, rather than spend time building a new Sims game, EA has added new content packs to bring new features to the game for fans to enjoy. A new expansion for the game has an official trailer and launched today. The Sims 4: Realm of Magic will launch on September 10, which is today, for PC and Mac. The expansion will launch on October 15 for console gamers. The video below is the official trailer for the Realm of Magic game pack. The game pack will allow players to go to Glimmerbrook, which is described as a quiet town with family homes and... Read more...
EA doesn't have the most stellar of reputations in the gaming community and it is known for squeezing every possible penny out of gamers with very expensive microtransactions. One such money grab has landed EA a dubious distinction in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most downvoted comment on Reddit. The comment that earned EA the world record was one posted about the videogame Star Wars Battlefront II that launched in 2017. The official post from EA that inspired the record-setting 683,000 downvotes had to do with the microtransaction hell that EA created for gamers who wanted to unlock iconic characters like Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. Gamer backlash against EA was intense due... Read more...
The next event in Apex Legends is the Voidwalker themed, and will happen September 3rd through the 17th. The event will center on Wraith's past, and it will bring with it lots of content, including a new town takeover, a limited-time mode, challenges, and more. Voidwalker will also have a limited-time mode called Armed and Dangerous. The Armed and Dangerous limited-time mode limits available weapons to snipers and shotguns and loot is harder to come by. EA is asking Apex Legends players to keep a lookout for in-game surveys and to give feedback. It says the plan is to roll out more of these modes in the future. The Wraith Town Takeover starts with Syndicate construction crews uncovering part... Read more...
Gamers and fans of Apex Legends aren't at all happy with EA and Respawn Entertainment right now. The pricing structure for the skins and other items in the Iron Crown event has angered players and heaped ire onto the developers of the game. Players are angry because it costs about 700 Apex coins to open a loot box for the chance to get the skin you want. That means if you pay until you unlock all the cosmetics, it would cost you $154 and then you have the chance to buy the heirloom set for another 3500 coins. Respawn has made a statement about the Iron Crown event where it promises to rotate the legendary items that are exclusive to the game into the store, so players can buy them directly... Read more...
Do you feel the need… the need for speed? Ghost Games, an EA Studio, just announced the upcoming release of Need for Speed Heat. The game will reportedly include more customization options and a more immersive narrative. Need for Speed Heat will take place in the fictional city of “Palm City”. Players will race in a competition referred to as “Speedhunters Showdown” during the day to earn money or “Bank”. Players will also be able to compete in underground races at night to build up their reputation or “Rep”, while outrunning a police task force. The game also includes more customization options than its predecessors. Riley Cooper, Creative... Read more...
Apex Legends fans are not happy with EA and Respawn Entertainment thanks to high prices for that the loot being doled out in the current Iron Crown event. The problem that gamers have is in how Apex Legends has priced the items and how they are handed out.  It costs players about 700 Apex Coins to open each Iron Crown pack, which is about $7 in real-world cash. There are 24 Iron Crown packs in total, and only two can be earned via gameplay. That means for players who want to unlock all the loot available for the week Iron Crown runs, it will cost about 15,400 Apex Coins or about $154. Even if gamers don't want to unlock all the cosmetics, they still have to deal with loot boxes and a chance... Read more...
Loot boxes are the source of ire for many players who buy them, hoping to get good items that can help them progress in their favorite games. Loot boxes also make massive amounts of money for the game developers, but some lawmakers feel that the loot box is nothing but a form of gambling. Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft have announced that they will disclose loot box odds and some leading software makers are onboard. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has announced that the three major console makers will implement new policies that require the disclosure of loot box odds on all three platforms. That includes the Sony PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Microsoft Xbox One. The odds disclosure... Read more...
Another day, another report on vulnerabilities in the software that many of us use on a daily basis. This time around, researchers from Check Point and CyberInt rallied together to detail a number of exploits that they discovered in the Origin client used to deliver games to consumers. Origin is an Electronic Arts property. What makes the latest Origin exploit rather dangerous is the fact that it does not require intervention from the user with respect to handing over their logins or passcode information. In this case, the exploit allows an attacker to steal tokens associated with oAuth Single Sign-On (SSO) and TRUST routines in place with the EA Games user login process. As a result, Check... Read more...
Confession time: I'm an avid watcher of Judge Judy. I think she's rad, and her style of mediating disputes definitely falls into the 'firm but fair' category. One of her favorite sayings is, "Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining." That's also the title of her book, incidentally, and I'm reminded of it when watching Electronics Arts' Vice President of Legal, Kerry Hopkins, explain that loot boxes are actually just "surprise mechanics." According to Hopkins, Loot boxes (excuse me, surprise mechanics) are "quite ethical" too, akin to Hatchimals, the popular toy that delights kids with a plush toy hatching from a plastic egg. Or if you prefer, substitute Kinder Egg or LOL Surprise, which... Read more...
Apex Legends is an always-evolving game that continually has new content in the works to keep players happy. New content for Season 02 will land next month and will bring a new Legend called Wattson. About a month ago, a new update was teased that was going to bring with it new performance enhancements. Now something new has popped up in the game that has players excited: dragons. A video has turned up on Reddit that shows players jumping into the game to find a dragon, dubbed "flyers," circling overhead. Naturally, the player immediately runs to find a weapon and starts to shoot the dragon as it flies. We see the numbers popping up as the dragon takes damage. Eventually, the dragon drops some... Read more...
Although Star War Jedi: Fallen Order was first announced back at E3 2018, we're getting our first real in-depth look at the game thanks to footage that Electronic Arts delivered today at E3 2019. As we already,Jedi: Fallen Order was developed by Respawn -- the same development studio being Titanfall and Apex Legends. The single-play Star Wars adventure centers on Cal Kestis, which managed to escape Order 66 (as portrayed in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith) and is currently on the run from The Empire’s Second Sister and a band of Purge Troopers. The footage seen in the 14-minute gameplay trailer below takes place on the Wookie planet Kashyyyk, where Kestis... Read more...
Everyone likes free video games, and if you lean towards the casual sort of game, you might remember EA's The Sims 4. The game has been around for what seems like forever, with the launch trailer for the title first surfacing back in 2013. EA has been working hard to release new updates for the game and expansion packs to keep players busy. Recently it launched content packs called Get Famous and Strangerville that bring new career options and terrain tools. The franchise is known for allowing players to live virtual lives inside the game and build homes while perfecting careers. EA is now offering the base game for free via Origin through May 28. One catch is that the major expansions Get Famous... Read more...
In an era where many AAA gaming companies sometimes dismiss the concerns of their player base, Respawn Entertainment’s approach to communication has been a refreshing change. Since the release of their blockbuster game Apex Legends, Respawn Entertainment has faithfully committed to posting regular updates and publishing new patches for the game. Respawn’s most recent patch should provide audio fixes that will be performance improvements, hit corrections and other fixes to Apex Legends. The latest patch will be available early next week. The main purpose of this particular patch is to improve the audio in Apex Legends. Overall, the audio engine should be “around 30% more... Read more...
EA held an earnings call this week where it talked about the state of things and offered up some details on how its popular game franchises have been doing. The call was for Q4 FY2019, and the star of the call was Apex Legends. The game launched in February and single handedley turned things around for EA. Apex Legends has shown no signs of slowing over the quarter, and EA says that it is the fastest growing game it has ever had. Within a month of launching, 50 million players were playing the game. EA says that "millions more" players have joined the action since then. EA noted in the call that nearly 30% of Apex Legends players are new to EA. EA is focusing very heavily on Apex Legends with... Read more...
EA launched a game subscription service back in 2014 for the Xbox One called EA Access. PS4 players at the time felt left out, but fast-forward to 2019, and EA has now announced that PS4 gamers can get in on the EA Access service starting in July. PS4 gamers will pay the same $4.99 monthly subscription fee or an $29.99 annual subscription fee for access. EA's Matt Bilbey, Executive VP and Strategic Growth says that EA's goal is to give players more chance to try and play EA games whenever and wherever they want. Other than getting access to all sorts of popular EA games for that monthly or yearly fee, subscribers also get additional perks.  EA Access also allows gamers to enjoy Play First... Read more...
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