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Respawn Entertainment developed one of the hottest games of recent memory, that being Apex Legends, a free-to-play battle royale shooter that is presumably proving to be a lucrative franchise for publisher Electronic Arts. Popular streamers such as Tyler "Ninja" Blevins deserve a tip of the hat for hopping on board, and it appears they were paid handsomely for their time. How handsomely? According to Reuters, EA shelled out a cool million bucks (or thereabouts) for Ninja to stream Apex Legends on launch day. While that is an obscene amount of money for a day's 'work' (play), it underscores how much cash these types of games can generate through in-game purchases, and why publishers would be willing... Read more...
Apex Legends has stormed onto the scene and asserted itself as a hugely popular battle royale shooter, hitting 1 million players in just 8 hours after launch, and leaping to 50 million players in its first month. Inevitable leaks come with that level of popularity, and as such, the names of potentially 10 upcoming character additions might now be known. It was already leaked last month that developer Respawn Entertainment would be adding new legends to the game, eight in all. Now, however, a list of player cards has attached names to those upcoming characters, along with two others that were not previously known. That brings the total number so far up to 10 new characters. The names include Rampart,... Read more...
Pitting players in a battle royale scenario where the map shrinks until only one person or squad is left standing is all the rage right now—see the success of PlayerUnknown's Battleground (PUBG), Fortnite, or more recently Apex Legends as evidence of this. Battlefield V will be joining the fray, and a leaked tutorial purportedly gives us a first look at the upcoming mode. It's called Firestorm, and from what I can discern from the tutorial, it will be very similar to PUBG. That's to say you will drop on a map, scrounge around for weapons for yourself and any potentially teammates, and grab backpacks for additional storage capacity on your person. You can also be revived by a teammate while... Read more...
Anthem players who spent hours grinding and leveling up and working towards a potent Masterwork endgame weapon were dismayed to find out that they already possessed the most powerful weapon in the game—a first-level common Defender Rifle. Despite what the numbers show, there is a bug that allows it to kill enemies faster than a level 45 Masterwork Ralner Blaze Rifle. This was put to the test by Reddit user YeetLordSupreme. Out of curiosity, he decided to quantify the damage amounts of different weapons. That's when he stumbled upon the bug. Using the level 1 common Defender Rifle, he recorded a single bullet doing 286 damage against a normal Scar Trooper. His level 45 Masterwork Ralner... Read more...
Apex Legends has been a dominant force in the gaming scene ever since it launched in early February, quickly amassing 50 million players in just a month (far outpacing the performance of the current battle royale champion, Fortnite). With that being said, gamers are looking for the "Next Big Thing" with Apex Legends, and according to new report, Respawn Entertainment is ready to deliver. The first bit of news is the report that the game's first Battle Pass is expected to drop next week; March 12th to be exact. At this point, it's unknown what that battle pass will entail, or how long it will last. And more importantly, we have no clue how much it will cost at this time. “The... Read more...
One of the most frustrating things for tech fans is when the games or products they pay hard earned money for don't work as promised, and the manufacturer won't even admit there is a problem. This is what has been troubling gamers on the PS4 who purchased EA's Anthem. Anthem has been crashing PS4 consoles leaving the game unplayable and many asking Sony for refunds on the purchase. Sony has allegedly been giving some Anthem players refunds while denying others. While the issue is still not fixed and the problems haven't been addressed, EA has at least stepped up and admitted that there is a problem with Anthem crashing on the PS4. EA Help tweeted that, "We're aware of a crashing issuing" noting... Read more...
Apex Legends has taken the gaming scene by storm and is giving Fortnite some competition in the battle royale space. While the focus is on teams of three, there could be a new mode on the horizon that will feature NPCs (non-playable characters). Data miners discovered a new Spectator mode while digging through the game's files. In this mode, players would play in front of a crowd of spectator NPCs. The crowd would react to the gameplay in a variety of ways, such as roaring and cheering, busting out in chants, acting shocked, and so forth. These are the same types of reactions that real crowds have at sporting events. The reactions could be in a loop, such as repeated clapping, or be a one-time... Read more...
Cheating in multiplayer games is rampant, highly annoying, and regrettably it is largely unavoidable. The important thing is, how do the developers respond? In the case of Apex Legends, the hot new battle royale that has taken the gaming scene by storm, developer Respawn Entertainment is actively hunting down and banning cheaters, and would like your help in continuing the effort. "Cheaters suck. If you run into one, please try and capture the evidence and let us know... Even if you don’t get proof, get their ID and flag it and we can investigate the account. We have heard your feedback about a report feature in the game. I’ll just say that’s a very good idea :)," a Respawn... Read more...
Seemingly out of nowhere, Apex Legends has taking the gaming scene by storm and is shaping up to be a formidable rival to Fortnite in the battle royale space. Since launching on February 4, Apex Legends has generated some impressive numbers, not the least of which is the total number of hours it has amassed on Twitch. At the time of this writing, Apex Legends is enjoying over 215,000 viewers on Twitch, compared to Fortnite's more than 68,000 viewers. It is the top game on Twitch right now, with League of Legends in a somewhat distant second with 140,515 viewers at this moment in time. Apex Legend has topped the charts on Twitch since it came out. In total, it has generated 11 million more total... Read more...
Electronic Arts may very well have a hit on its hands with Apex Legends, the free-to-play battle royale shooter developed by Respawn Entertainment, but any financial success it generates will have to wait for another day. As it pertains to EA's third fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2018, the numbers are down from what the publisher was expecting, due in part to Battlefield V under performing. So where exactly did the numbers land? EA shared some preliminary figures showing $1.29 billion in revenue, including $908 million from digital sales and $381 million from packaged goods and "other net revenue." That resulted in a profit of $262 million, or 86 cents per share, compared with loses of $186... Read more...
Developer Respawn Entertainment and publisher Electronic Arts have a hit on their hands with Apex Legends, a free-to-play game that went live yesterday and broke a million unique players in under eight hours. It is an incredible stat, and it underscores how wildly popular the battle royale genre is right now, as if we didn't already know. We only have to look at Fortnite to see the potential of a battle royale shooter. Epic Games is raking in billions of dollars through in-game purchases, while the top streamers are bringing in some serious coin, too—Tyler Blevins, the 27-year-old who is popularly known as Ninja, made $10 million in 2018 by streaming his Fortnite gameplay. Respawn Entertainment... Read more...
In Super Bowl XXXVI, a young quarterback named Tom Brady led the New England Patriots over a seemingly improbable victory over the St. Louis Rams, an opponent that was otherwise known at the time as 'The Greatest Show on Turf'. Now 17 years, the Rams, having since relocated to Los Angeles, will exact its revenge by defeating the Patriots and the league's oldest quarter (still Tom Brady) in Super Bowl LIII, according to a simulation run by Madden NFL 19. I call hogwash, but as a native (and now displaced) New Englander, I'm also incredibly biased. That aside, though, I do have cause for concern. It has nothing to do with Tom Brady's age—sorry Max Kellerman, but the cliff you speak of is... Read more...
Sometimes in life, things do not go quite as planned, such as getting stuck behind a train on the way to work. Other times, things go very, very badly—imagine that same train derailing and skidding into a tanker filled with propane. Athem's VIP demo over the weekend trended a little closer to the latter than the former. One of the main issues people ran into was just logging into the game. It took some players several hours to connect, and when inside, they were met with infinite loading screens. This led to speculation that developer BioWare and publisher Electronic Arts misjudged how much server capacity was needed, though in a statement detailing the various issues, BioWare's head of... Read more...
Battlefield V is one of the most highly anticipated games of 2018 and its wide release occurred today. While the game will cost you $59.99 if you purchase it right now, NVIDIA is offering up a deal that is just too good to pass up if you're in the market for the fastest gaming GPUs on the market. As part of its Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions, NVIDIA announced today that anyone that purchases a new GeForce RTX 2070, GeForce RTX 2080 or GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics card will get a free copy of Battlefield V. The promotion is available if you purchase a standalone graphics card or a new desktop PC from a "participating partner" that has one of the above-named... Read more...
In a little over five weeks from now, Battlefield V will land on PC and consoles in finished form, bringing with it both multiplayer and single player action. Publisher Electronic Arts released a new trailer that shows off elements of the latter. It's a little over two minutes long and gives a glimpse of the various War Stories that will comprise the single player campaign. "Discover the untold stories of World War 2 with Battlefield V's single player War Stories. In Nordlys, resist German occupation in Norway, sabotage behind enemy lines as an unlikely English soldier in Under No Flag, fight for a home you've never seen in Tirailleur, and in The Last Tiger (available in December) join the crew... Read more...
One of the problems with multiplayer is that it only takes a small number of loud mouthed, racist jerks to ruin the experience for the community at large. In an effort to prevent this, Electronic Arts and DICE have implemented a profanity filter into Battlefield V, which is currently being tested in open beta ahead of the game's polished release. That's all fine and dandy, except that EA and DICE have chosen to censor some goofy words. Like what, you ask? In its current state, players are prohibited from saying that nasty "D" word in the Battlefield V beta. You know, DLC, short for 'downloadable content'. Source: Reddit via nismost14270r The overzealous and, let's face it, downright nutty word... Read more...
The next Battlefield installment has already generated a ton of buzz, some of which is focused on the prominent role women soldiers will play in the game—Battlefield V will be the first in the series to feature female characters on the front lines. We say 'Kudos!' to developer DICE and publisher Electronic Arts for the decision. As Battlefield V gets closer to its release in a couple of months, a new trailer reveals more details about the upcoming game. In a lengthy blog post, Jeff Landa, a writer for EA who also has bylines in publications such as The Los Angeles Times and NPR, breaks down the new Rotterdam trailer. The just-over 2-minute clip gives fans of the franchise a glimpse of new... Read more...
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 landscapes as a young Norwegian resistance fighter or come ashore into the desert heat of North Africa... 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 of the HUD. This change in eras means that we'll be seeing a significant upgrade in machinery and firepower... 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 two years ago, SEED takes a practical approach to trying to predicting what gameplay will be like... 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 it preloads completely unencrypted is where Square Enix got burned. But only because it was kind enough... 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 Call it what you will, Anthem is not coming out in the fall of 2017 as originally scheduled. Jorgensen's... Read more...
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