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There has been a lot of excitement brewing around Electronic Arts’ Battlefield V, and with good reason. The game has been held up as a showcase for NVIDIA’s RTX real-time ray-tracing, which looks absolutely amazing using graphics cards like the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. However, there’s more to Battlefield V than just fancy effects – it will also bring with it a new battle royale mode to keep things fresh for gamers. The new mode is called Firestorm, and it supports a maximum of 64 players. However, these 64 players will be split up into 16 squads, with four people per squad. Firestorm is the largest map ever created for a Battlefield and players will be... Read more...
We are on the cusp of the era of real-time ray tracing in games. It effectively begins once NVIDIA starts shipping its GeForce RTX series cards based on the company's Turing GPU architecture, with dedicated Tensor and RT cores underneath the hood, but what kind of performance can we realistically expect? That depends on the situation. As you might already know, real-time ray tracing requires an enormous amount of horsepower. It deals with levels of detail that are beyond the scope of rasterization rendering, and can produce photorealistic visuals. To bring real-time ray tracing to games, companies like NVIDIA are focusing a sort of hybrid implementation, where parts of a scene are ray-traced.... 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...
E3 has kicked off and EA's press conference has gone down giving us an idea of what the publisher and its developers are working on. EA talked about some big games at the conference including a new Star Wars title, a sequel to Unravel, and a glimpse at the highly anticipated BioWare game Anthem that lands next February. We learned last week that Crackdown 3 for the Xbox had been delayed and is expected to launch in February as well. The rub with E3's conference for those hoping for something new is that all of the big games were already known. Perhaps the most anticipated game EA talked about is the BioWare blockbuster Anthem that is coming in February. Executive producer Mark Darrah... 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...
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 these parts) will collect his sixth Super Bowl ring in yet another gritty nail biter, this time... 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 to attention in a video and a Reddit post that outlines the many things he and others want EA to... 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 calls to attention Battlefront II and the "predatory behavior" EA is engaging in. "It's a trap," he... 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 [microtransactions] in the near term as a transitory risk," KeyBanc Capital Markets analyst Evan Wingren... 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. Boxed sales figures are also down 61 percent compared to the first Battlefront game, released in 2015.... 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 has always been to create the best possible game for all of you—devoted Star Wars fans and game players... 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 60,000 credits. As constructed, it would take the average gamer around 40 hours of gameplay to earn... 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 an inspiring creative mindset," said Andrew Wilson, CEO of Electronic Arts. "Our longtime partnership... 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 based on what turns up during the beta period. Gamers who are interested in playing the beta will... Read more...
Electronic Arts has found itself in a giving mood lately (again). During the game publisher's EA Play event on Friday, EA boss Andre Wilson stepped on stage to announce that the company is providing a week of free gaming through its Origin Access and EA Access services for PC and Xbox One, respectively. And if you're a PlayStation 4 owner, you're also getting a free trial for some of EA's games on PS4.The free trial is EA's way of thanking gamers for participating in a recent Play to Give event in which players could complete in in-game challenges during June 2-4 to raise funds. Millions of gamers took part in the event en route to a $1 million donation from EA made in support of anti-bullying."All... Read more...
Although a teaser trailer for Star Wars: Battlefront II leaked a few days ago, Electronic Arts is today providing us with the real deal on the sequel to the original game, which launched two years ago. While Star Wars: Battlefront was multiplayer-only (and was roundly criticized because of that oversight), Battlefront II actually has a full single-player campaign for those that want it. In fact, the debut trailer for the game focuses primarily on the single-player mode, which introduces an all-new character: Iden Versio. As the official website for the Battlefront II explains, Iden is a “commander of Inferno Squad—an Imperial special forces unit equally lethal on the ground and in space. Encounter... Read more...
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is the greatest of all time (GOAT) at his position and it's not up for debate. Haters will hate and I'm fine with that. Deflategate was nothing more than a smear campaign by media outlets desperate for hits (I'm looking at you, ESPN), and a blatant power grab by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, otherwise known as Satan in New England. Pats nation will have an opportunity for revenge this Sunday and if EA's Madden NFL 17 simulation is any indication, there's going to be a lot of celebrating and partying throughout the Northeast US. After trailing 17-10 at the end of the first half, Madden NFL 17 has Brady connecting with wide receiver Julian Edelman for... Read more...
Do you need something to fill your time as you wait for Bioware to wrap up work on Mass Effect: Andromeda? You could revisit Mass Effect 2 or play through it for the first time. Either way, it will not cost you a dime as Electronic Arts is currently giving away the Standard Edition for free through its Origin digital distribution platform. All you need is an Origin account and you're golden.Mass Effect 2 is this month's "On the House" promotion in which EA gives away a new title monthly basis. The timing of this one is appropriate because the much anticipated followup, Mass Effect: Andromeda, is scheduled to release in North America on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, followed by a launch in Europe a... Read more...
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