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EA isn't happy with Battlefield V and its performance; the game was called out as the big reason that the company fell short of its earnings goal and its stock tanked. EA was lucky enough that Apex Legends launched and brought its stock back from the a steep nosedive. EA is still working on Battlefield V and delivering new content to the game; it has announced that the Tides of War Chapter 2: Lightning Strikes Update #3 is now available. Two of the key changes in the update are the addition of NVIDIA Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) support and optimized ray tracing for GeForce RTX graphics cards. If those two features don't excite you, the update has also added four-player co-op to the... Read more...
Apex Legends has been a smash hit for EA and Respawn Entertainment. The game single-handedly turned EA's sagging stock around after an earnings miss when it launched earlier this month. Within eight hours of launch, the game had a million players fighting it out on the battle royal battleground. Within three days, Apex Legends had 10 million players, and now Vince Zampella is offering up new statistics on the game along while teasing some of what is coming up. According to Zampella, more than 25 million gamers have played Apex Legends since last Monday. Over the weekend the game bosted "well over" 2 million concurrent players at its peak. Zampella also talks about the creation of the thriving... Read more...
It's been quite the rollercoaster ride for shares of EA lately. The company saw its latest entry in its bread and butter Battlefield franchise, Battlefield V underperform, sending its stock shares plummeting. Then its subsidiary Respawn Entertainment launched Apex Legends, and it singlehandedly turned things around for EA. Apex Legends launched as a surprise earlier this month and boasted a million players within eight hours. The game then went on to bring in 10 million players in only 72 hours after launch and the title was obviously beginning to spread like wildfire among gamers. The announcement that the game had landed so many players in three days was enough to send shares... Read more...
Respawn Entertainment jumped into the battle royale realm recently with a game set in the Titanfall world called Apex Legends. The game launched on February 4 and within eight hours of launch, it had 1 million people playing. Respawn is now talking up player stats a few more days post-launch, and the numbers are impressive. Apex Legends had 10 million players within 72 hours after launch. That number was confirmed by Respawn Entertainment's Vince Zampella via Twitter. Before Zampella's announcement, EA had confirmed that Apex Legends had 2.5 million gamers partaking in the game on the first day; that means over the first two days post launch the game added an additional 7.5 million players. EA... Read more...
If you are a fan of Titanfall, and the battle royale genre as well, you may soon be in for a real treat. Rumor has it that Apex Legends, a battle royale Titanfall spin-off, will be released as soon as Monday, February 4th. The game is reportedly free-to-play and will be available on PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4. eSports consultant Rod Breslau stated on Twitter that the game will feature, “classes/heroes with unique abilities, maximum of 60 players per server, maximum of 3 players per team (trios) to complement each other.” Another tipster remarked that the game is a mixture of Titanfall, Overwatch, and Blackout from Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Titanfall 2 Like the first two Titanfall... Read more...
If you just cannot wait for Anthem to be released at the end of the month, now is your time to get a taste of that sweet exo-suit action. Anthem is free to play this weekend on the Xbox, Playstation 4, and PC. The demo ends Sunday, February 3rd at 9PM EST. PC players will need to log into Origin using their EA account and go to the Anthem product page. They will next need to click “Try it First” to add the game to their library. Anthem will then be available for download. The minimum requirements are an Intel Core i5 3570 or AMD FX-6350 processor, an NVIDIA GTX 760 or AMD Radeon 7970/R9280X, 2GB GPU RAM, 8GB of system memory, at least 50GB of free space, and a 512 kbps or faster stable... Read more...
There are certainly a lot of gamers out there who have been waiting in anticipation for the demo of the EA and Bioware game Anthem to land. Before the alpha test of the game wrapped up, EA and Bioware fought a leak from a streamer that broke the NDA and saw his Origin game library nuked in the process. The demo, essentially the beta test, is set to kick off January 25, 2019, at 9 AM PT for VIP players. To be a VIP player, you need to subscribe to Origin/EA Access/Premium or pre-order the game. The VIP demo will end Sunday, January 27 at 8 PM PT. If you don't want to subscribe or pre-order the game, don't fret you can get in on the demo action, just at a later date. The normal demo event starts... Read more...
“Microtransaction” is often considered a dirty word in the gaming community. Several developers have come under fire for unfriendly, and even predatory, practices. However, the controversy surrounding microstransactions will not prevent Electronic Arts from incorporating them into its games. Battlefield V will include microtransactions this upcoming January. According to a recent Amazon store listing, the microtransactions should be live January 18th, 2019. Players can already pre-order the “Battlefield Currency” for their Xbox One game. Prices range from $4.99 USD for 500 currency to $49.99 USD for 6,000 currency. The Battlefield Currency can be used to purchase cosmetic... Read more...
Game developers and publishers aren't letting gamers get away with breaking NDAs surrounding the alpha and beta tests of games ahead of launch. Bethesda and Microsoft tag teamed a Fallout 76 NDA breaker back in October ahead of the game's launch after the beta participant recorded and posted a 90-second clip of himself playing the game. Something similar has allegedly happened to a participant in the alpha test of the anticipated EA and BioWare game Anthem. In this case a participant in the alpha for Anthem was live streaming his gameplay on Twitch, which is a violation of the NDA. Someone made a video of the Twitch streaming incident, and in the video, you can see the streamer start the game... Read more...
Black Friday and Cyber Monday may have come and gone, but if you are still on the hunt for deals on console video games, Target has one for you. Target is offering Battlefield V on the PS4 and the Xbox One platforms for $29.99, which is a huge 50% discount off the regular $59.99 retail price. It's unusual to see a major AAA title like this discounted so heavily only two weeks post-launch. Battlefield V takes the franchise back to its WWII roots and introduces women in combat. That move angered some delicate Battlefield fans who cried foul, claiming it wrecked the historical accuracy of the game. Shortly after the announcement of the game featuring women in combat, the game developers stepped... Read more...
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...
Are you eager to get an early shot at Battlefield V? Well, Electronic Arts (EA) has announced the start time for the game's open beta and it is just a few days away: September 4th at 1am PST.  This is the date that the game will be available to those who have pre-ordered the game or those that are members of EA Access, Origin Access Premier or Origin Access Beta. This early access to the open beta will only be exclusive for two days. Then, on September 6th (1am PST), all Origin players on the PC, along with Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles will have access to the open beta. Players who join in on the open beta will be able to battle on the Rotterdam map (Conquest mode)... 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...
You can rake in a boatload of money with a "free" game these days: all you need to do is look at the insane popularity and over a billion dollars in revenue that Fortnite has generated for proof. EA is one of the biggest game publishers on the planet and Battlefield is one of its biggest franchises. Battlefield V is coming, and it was confirmed in late May that the game would use a WWII setting.  One of the big questions that have been burning in the minds of gamers looking forward to Battlefield V is if the anticipated battle royale mode for the game would be free like Fortnite and PUBG. The answer to that question is an unequivocal no. EA has said that Battlefield V will have a battle... Read more...
Fans of EA games have been able to subscribe to Origin Access for a quite some time. That basic membership costs $4.99 monthly or $29.99 per year. In return, players got a collection of 122 games they could play at any time. Subscribers also get to try new EA games before they launch and save 10% on purchases via Origin. EA will be launching a fancier tier of that service come July 30. The new tier will be called Origin Access Premiere and it will share the all-you-can-play model that the original service, now to be called basic, plus you get more. An EA Help page reads, "Premier is a new membership tier that gives you access to the latest and greatest EA games before anyone else. You get access... 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...
This week EA and DICE announced Battlefield V and gave up lots of details on the game with one of the most prominent differences between this game and others being the inclusion of female characters on the front lines. That fact led many gamers to complain about historical inaccuracies and problems with women in the WWII shooter. Battlefield V developer Oskar Gabrielson has now stepped up and is clearly laying down the law. He tweeted, "First, let me be clear about one thing. Player choice and female playable characters are here to stay." Gabrielson followed that up with, "We want Battlefield V to represent all those who were a part of the greatest drama in human history, and give players... Read more...
Battlefield fans will recall the rumor floating around back in January that the next game in the Battlefield franchise would launch in late 2018. The official title for the game has been confirmed as Battlefield V and the live reveal of the game will happen on May 23 at 1pm PT. The unveil will be hosted by the Daily Show host Trevor Noah and will be streamed on Twitch, YouTube, Mixer, and via the Battlefield website. While we know the reveal is coming next week, we don’t really know much about the game. EA Dice has offered some teaser details on the official Battlefield website and Noah will offer details on the game, setting, and more.  What we do know is that this will be a... Read more...
Microtransactions, for better or worse, have become a big business in the world of gaming. Ubisoft recently announced that its revenue from microtransactions now exceeds that of actual game sales. Electronic Arts isn't immune to this practice either, and has come under fire for nickel and diming customers to unlock fan-favorite heroes in Star Wars: Battlefront II. For example, the amount of credits necessary to unlock Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker stands at 60,000 credits. Actually completing the campaign "only" nets you 20,000 credits. In order to unlock these characters for "free", you have to devote roughly 40 hours to the game each, or fork over some hard-earned real cash. While many games,... Read more...
There's a new Star Wars movie on the horizon, and Electronic Arts (EA) is looking to leverage the hype surrounding that film to fuel a spectacular launch for Star Wars Battlefront II. Battlefront II is the follow-up to its 2015 predecessor, and EA wants you to know that this game is bigger, badder and loaded to the brim with content (something that was quite lacking with the original Star Wars Battlefront). EA has released a nearly 5-minute-long trailer for the game that is narrated by none other than John Boyega, one of the stars of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Boyega runs you through everything that's new with the game including class levels -- Assault,... Read more...
After 11 months of negotiating, the SAG-AFTRA and 11 different game companies have reached a tentative deal that is expected to see voice actors for video games head back to work. The strike started back in October 2016 and this week a tentative agreement has been reached. Among the 11 video game companies that SAG-AFTRA voice actors are protesting include Activision, EA, and Warner Bros. This strike was the longest in SAG history, with the tentative arrangement being reached on Saturday morning. The new terms of the deal will include a bonus structure giving the voice actors an additional payment that must be delivered no later than the game release date that is calculated using the number... Read more...
If you are a fan of the Star Wars universe, then Electronic Arts has an upcoming game that is sure to get your motor running. Star Wars Battlefront II was announced earlier this year, but it’s the newest multiplayer gameplay trailer that has fans salivating in anticipation of the game's fall release. As we’ve previously reported, the game covers a four-decade span of time that touches on major sequences in the Star Wars movie universe starting with The Phantom Menace and ending with The Force Awakens. This is a big expansion from the Star Wars Battlefront, which focuses primarily on the original Star Wars trilogy (Episodes IV through VI). Over the course of two minutes, the new multiplayer... Read more...
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