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Developer DICE is bringing the next Battlefield installment back to its roots, with Battlefield V "immersing players in unexpected battles and untold stories of World War 2," publisher Electronic Arts announced. The game promises a fresh portrayal of one of history's biggest conflicts to prevent the genre from feeling stale. And for the first time in a Battlefield game, DICE is including women on the front lines. "Witness the conflict through the eyes of men and women of World War 2 and experience untold stories of human drama, filled with Battlefield moments. Experience the freezing Norwegian... Read more...
It seems as though game developers (and gamers) simply can't get enough of the “Greatest Generation”; the brave soldiers that fought during World War II. The official Twitter account for the Battlefield franchise posted a new teaser trailer for Battlefield V which all but confirms that the game will be set during WWII, which meshes with rumors that we've previously heard about the game. Although the brief teaser, which shows the Xbox One/Xbox One X version of the game is less than 20 seconds long, you can clearly see German Iron Cross and the British Union Jack at the top... Read more...
Artificial intelligence is a concept that has existed for decades and is often used to characterize computer opponents in video games. The effectiveness of AI varies greatly, however, as some schemes are simply programmed instructions of how to act and react in certain situations. Electronic Arts is kicking things up a notch by training self-learning AI agents to play Battlefield 1, and the results are pretty impressive. The effort is part of a project at SEED (Search for Extraordinary Experiences Division) at EA, which tasks itself with exploring the future of interactive entertainment. Founded... Read more...
It's no longer a surprise when we hear about brand-new game releases being cracked days after launch, but it's not often we hear about one fully cracked even before its release. Unfortunately for Square Enix, its latest epic adventure Final Fantasy XV on Windows has been cracked and released online ahead of its March 6 release. If not for a couple of simple things, this wouldn't have happened, so we're bound to see things change a little bit going forward. Over at Origin, the game can be preloaded (FFXV is not an EA title, but is one of the rare ones to be sold on its service), and the fact that... Read more...
Electronic Arts has changed the release date for Anthem, the online shooter being developed by BioWare, pushing it back to early 2019 instead of fall 2018 as the company previously stated. Despite the new launch time frame, EA insists the game is not delayed. Instead, the publisher changed the date to make room for a new Battlefield game launch, which it anticipates happening in October. "It's not a delay," EA's finance chief Blake Jorgensen told The Wall Street Journal. "People are trying to create a story." pic.twitter.com/5aNQcxpiBo — Sarah E. Needleman (@saraheneedleman) January 30, 2018... Read more...
For over a decade, Electronic Arts has been predicting a Super Bowl winner by running the two participating teams through its Madden NFL game. One would think the results would be hit or miss, but the simulation has proved remarkably accurate over the years, with the AI-controlled game correctly amassing a 10-4 record. Will that record improve to 11-4 with Super Bowl LII? That depends on whether the New England Patriots can stave off quarterback Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles. Madden NFL 18's prediction is in, and according to the sim, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (known as the GOAT around... Read more...
Disgruntled games who are not happy with the direction Electronic Arts has taken FIFA 18, the latest installment in the publisher's soccer simulation franchise, have banded together to organize a Black Friday boycott of in-game purchases. Fans of the soccer sim have a long list of grievances, among them a displeasure with how EA has been handling microtransactions, a sticky subject as of late. One of the things gamers are ticked off about is the drop-rate for top players in FIFA 18. While the drop-rate is not officially released, it is rare to get a top player. YouTuber Goran Popovic brought this... Read more...
Electronic Arts has drawn immense criticism from the gaming community over so-called loot boxes and how they are implemented in Star Wars Battlefront II, but it is not just gamers who are speaking out. Belgium's Gaming Commission has determined that loot boxes are a form of gambling and is seeking a ban against them in Europe, and Rep. Chris Lee of hawaii is taking a similar in the United States. According to Lee, loot boxes are a form of gambling aimed at children and it is time to "draw the line." In a video showing Lee and others speak out against the current state of microtransactions, Lee... Read more...
At least one analyst has sided with Electronic Arts over its decision to include microtransactions in Star Wars Battlefront II, and believe that the outrage by gamers is unwarranted. Furthermore, the analyst in question believes that, if anything, EA and other publishers should be charging more for their games. Say what!? "We view the negative reaction to Star Wars Battlefront II (and industry trading sympathy) as an opportunity to add to Electronic Arts, Take-Two, and Activision Blizzard positions. The handling of the SWBF2 launch by EA has been poor; despite this, we view the suspension of MTX... Read more...
Retailers in the United Kingdom had high hopes for Star Wars Battlefront II, at least before the uproar over microtransactions. The expectation was that Battlefront II would sell more copies than Battlefield 1, making it one of the highlights of the holiday season. And maybe Electronic Arts can still pull it off. However, sales are down compared to the first Battlefront game, and by a significant margin. Keeping in mind that we are still talking about Battlefront II's performance in the UK, first week sales are down more than 50 percent compared to Battlefield 1, according to GamesIndustry.biz.... Read more...
The Internet community has been heard "loud and clear" in regards to microtransactions in Star Wars Battlefront II, publisher Electronic Arts said in a statement. Of course, EA would either to be deaf or have its head stuck so far up its backside that all outside noise is effectively drowned out, to avoid hearing the uproar in-game purchases and the money (or time) required to unlock premium characters such as Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. Regardless, EA heard the complaints, and has disabled micrtotransactions in Battlefront II as it scrambles to figure out an amicable compromise. "Our goal... Read more...
Ladies and gentlemen, StarCraft won the Internet on Tuesday, and perhaps for the entire week. Or more precisely, the social media person who is responsible for StarCraft's Twitter account won the Internet, with a series of savage tweets mocking the microtransaction madness surrounding Star Wars Battlefront II and the response by publisher Electronic Arts when the proverbial poo hit the fan. First, a little backstory. EA drew ire from gamers when it decided an obscenely high amount of "credits" to unlock premium characters, such as Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. Initially, the price was set at... Read more...
Game publishing titan Electronic Arts has gone out and acquired Respawn Entertainment, the development studio behind the Titanfall franchise, for $151 million in cash and up to $164 million in long-term equity in the form of restricted stock units to employees, vested over four years. EA also agreed to pay up to $140 million more if Respawn meets certain performance milestones related to future titles. In total, the buyout could be worth $455 million when all is said and done. "We’ve seen firsthand the world-class caliber of Respawn as a development studio with incredible vision, deep talent and... Read more...
Come one, come all—everyone is now invited to play the Star Wars Battlefront II beta and engage in galactic warfare. Following a two-day Early Access period that was made available to people who pre-ordered the multiplayer title, Electronic Arts has opened up the beta experience to all players on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, and Windows PC gamers. The open beta runs through the weekend before coming to a close on October 9 at precisely 9 AM Pacific (12 PM Eastern). After that it becomes a waiting game for the titles full release on November 17 as EA and EA Dice make some last minute tweaks... Read more...
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