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Published by Donald on July 23, 2014 Battlefield: Hardline, Dragon Age: Inquisition Delayed

Battlefield HardlineBattlefield: Hardline has been delayed and will be released in 2015, while Dragon Age: Inquisition has been pushed back from October 9 to November 21.

DICE Vice President an General Manager Karl Magnus Troedsson explained the reasons for Battlefield: Hardline‘s delay in a blog post, citing feedback from the recent beta: “This feedback…spurred us to start thinking about other possibilities and ways we could push Hardline innovation further and make the game even better. The more we thought about these ideas, the more we knew we had to get them into the game you will all be playing. However, there was only one problem. We would need more time. Time that we didn’t have if we decided to move forward with launching in just a couple of months.” Continue reading »

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Published by Jamie on June 10, 2014 2015 Concept Video: EA’s E3 2014 Press Conference

EA Mirrors EdgeWith not a lot to show but plenty of announcements, EA certainly had one of the more different feeling E3 press conferences in quite a while. While it wasn’t the two hour announcement extravaganza that was Microsoft’s presser, what was shown was notable.

Right from the get go, EA CEO Andrew Wilson explained that the games shown today would be shown in one of two ways. The games EA would be showing in depth (as well as showing near-final footage of) are the games that’ll be released in 2014. For the games 0f 2015 and beyond, they would be shown in dev diary form, complete with incredibly rough tech concepts, prototypes and concept art. Continue reading »

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Published by Jamie on January 14, 2014 SimCity Offline Patch Confirmed!

One of the major sticking points that many people (us included) had with EA’s 2013 SimCity was the requirement that the game needed to be online for it to function. It was such a sticking point that Maxis head Lucy Bradshaw addressed it several times, even referring to the game as not being an offline experience. With the one year anniversary of the game approaching, EA have announced that the game will finally be receiving an update that allows for offline play. Continue reading »

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Published by on November 26, 2013 Setting The World Game On Fire: FIFA 14 And The IGNITE Engine

FIFA 14 MessiIt’s a tough task being asked to reinvent the wheel, much less having to do so annually for the past 20 years. Where will the innovation come from? What new additions can possibly be made? Surely you can’t convince consumers to buy each iteration year after year? Yet this is exactly the seemingly impossible task that the team at EA Canada have managed to pull off for quite some time now.

As the latest entry into what is – by some margin – the greatest selling sports series of all time, FIFA 14 was released like clockwork to yet more rave reviews by critics and fans in September this year. Perhaps the bigger story, however, is how it will stack up to the competition when EA unleashes its multitude of sporting franchises on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

We sat down with long-time producer of the FIFA series Peter Trenouth at a preview event to find out how EA Canada plan to raise the bar just that much higher.

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Published by Jamie on October 30, 2013 EA Cancels Command & Conquer, Announces Closure of Victory Games

Electronic Arts have today announced that it will no longer be developing the upcoming free to play RTS revival of Command & Conquer, and have also confirmed that the games developer, Victory Games, will be disbanded. Continue reading »

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Published by Matt on August 20, 2013 R-EA-fund: Origin Policy Amended

OriginsEA_logoIn what is a major shift in policy for EA’s digital distribution and game platform hybrid, it has been announced today that Origin is introducing a refund system known as the Origin Great Game Guarantee. It’s features will be available and integrated into the Origin service within the coming weeks, aiming for September according to the official website.

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Published by Matt on May 16, 2013 EA no longer utilising Online Passes

 

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In what has been one of the better recent executive decisions, Electronic Arts have decided to knock off the Online Pass feature that has been bundled with many of their recent titles.

Originally implemented to discourage pre-owned game sales and to cull piracy, EA’s own John Reseburg had announced that newly released EA titles will no longer include the feature.

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Published by Donald on May 8, 2013 EA No Longer Licensing Real Guns, But May Still Use Real Guns

EA has severed licensing ties with gun manufacturers. The company told Reuters that it will no longer pay gun companies to use their names and guns, however this won’t prevent these guns from featuring in future EA titles.

It has been industry practice for publishers like EA and Activision to have deals in place with weapons manufacturers to use their brands and products in games such as Medal of Honor: Warfighter and Call of Duty: Black Ops II; Eurogamer’s Simon Parkin looked at the issue earlier this year. Continue reading »

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Published by Jamie on May 7, 2013 EA & Disney Announce Exclusive Star Wars Games Deal


So, this was a bit of a surprise. Imagine waking up this morning with little to no hints that something was going to happen to the fate of Star Wars video games, and here we are. Today, The Walt Disney Corporation and Electronic Arts have announced a multi-year partnership in which EA will be making and producing Star Wars games. Well, more than the one they currently already make.

As far as specifics – EA will be making games for what they define as a “core audience”, or the console/PC crowd, effectively. Disney, however, retains the rights to make Star Wars games for mobile/tablet/web and online audiences. And already EA have announced that two of their studios are working on Star Wars projects; as Visceral Games and DICE will be joining Bioware in this regard.

“Every developer dreams of creating games for the Star Wars universe,” says current EA head Frank Gibeau. “Three of our top studios will fulfill that dream, crafting epic adventures for Star Wars fans. The new experiences we create may borrow from films, but the games will be entirely original with all new stories and gameplay”. Disney is equally chuffed – “Collaborating with one of the world’s premier game developers will allow us to bring an amazing portfolio of new Star Wars titles to our fans around the world”, says John Pleasants, Co-President of Disney Interactive.

Personally? I’m kinda intrigued to see just what Visceral, DICE and, if they’re making something non-TOR related, Bioware are upto. Whether they continue (and finish) what products Lucasarts were planning to ship before getting shuttered, or be completely new projects, I’ve no idea. But it’ll be interesting to see where they go from here.

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Published by Jamie on May 7, 2013 EA Announce The Sims 4

You’d think after the last time we heard EA bring up the “Sim” name publicly  we’d all be ducking for cover and expecting the worst. Though today, it’s not the worst thing you’ll hear regarding “Sim”. In fact, it’s quite positive news – EA and Maxis today announced The Sims 4, heading to PC’s and Macs sometime in 2014.
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