Posts Tagged ‘Dice’

Battlefield 1 Announced, Set In World War One

Battlefield 1 [official site] will be this year’s new game in EA’s FPS series, set in World War One, earlier than ever before. I suppose this means that all the hilarious jokes people have made about “not playing Battlefield 2142 until they’ve played the previous 2141 games” were actually eerie predictions. All Battlefield games until this have been part of an incredibly ambitious plan to create over two thousand virtual wars. That’s at least four millennia of games at this pace. Heck, the series started with its 1,942nd part – George Lucas can suck an egg. So! Yes, BF1, WW1, coming on October 21.

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Star Wars Battlefront Free Trial Blasts Off

I only just found out May the 4th was a special day for Star Wars: the 40th anniversary of that fateful day George Lucas was struck with inspiration for a space-hairdresser made of LEGO. Sat beneath a starfruit tree, Lucas was knocked in the noggin by a falling fruit then leapt to his feet shrieking “Death to stars!” The rest is history.

That’s why Titanfall devs Respawn announced they’re making a Star Wars game, why Alec declared some other Star Wars game was blah, and why DICE’s third-person shooter Star Wars Battlefront [official site] now has a free timed trial.

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Mirror’s Edge Catalyst Release Pushed To June 7th/9th

Ready to run? Mirror’s Edge Catalyst [official site] may have ditched the guns in favour of momentum-based melee combat but despite shedding that deadweight, it’s still not going to reach the finishing line as planned. Last night design director Erik Odeldahl announced that the first-person free-running sequel has been pushed back from its May 24th release date to early June. The 7th for North America and the 9th for Europe (and presumably the rest of the world).

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Mirror’s Edge Catalyst Specs Revealed, Abilities Locked Behind XP Upgrades

Did you qualify for the Mirror’s Edge Catalyst [official site] closed beta that’s set to kick off in a couple of days? If you did then you’ll probably want to make sure your PC’s got what it takes to send Faith running and jumping and swinging and sliding all over The City of Glass at break-neck speeds. If you didn’t, you’ve got just over a month to get your house in order before the game releases on May 26. When it does, it seems certain skills will be locked behind XP upgrades.

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Mirror’s Edge Catalyst Trailer Shows Off Its Shiny City

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst [official site] for a long time seemed like a game that would likely never really happen, and now all of a sudden it’s a game that’s out in a couple of months! 26th May to be precise, assuming there are no slips. As that time gets closer, the trailers become more frequent, and the latest is a “developer diary” about “city and narrative”, especially detailing what the city will look like at night, and there’s a whole bunch about Faith in there too.

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Mirror’s Edge Catalyst’s City Looks Terribl-y Good

If there is one complaint I have about the original Mirror’s Edge, aside from the “combat is terrible” refrain, is that I’d have liked to see the city explored more, almost as a character of its own. The story is set in an authoritarian dystopia, but we don’t actually get to see much of it outside of the first cutscene of the game. There is a lot of promising worldbuilding hinted at throughout the levels, but it’s not nearly as developed as it could have been.

So this new page that just appeared on Mirror’s Edge Catalyst‘s website, detailing the city’s districts and factions, with wonderful pictures, is getting my hopes up. I know I shouldn’t, I know it’s against my better judgement and I’ll be sorely disappointed, so help me out here. Let’s keep the hype to a minimum and let’s all look at the negatives. Here’s a great start: the city is called “Glass.”

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Mirror’s Edge Catalyst Video Details New Combat

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst [official site] looks prettier every time I see it. The latest trailers to emerge for the ultra-stylish parkour-a-thon series reboot cast their focus on movement and combat, and showcase the many ways in which protagonist Faith Connors will run and jump and leap and bound and punch and… maybe you’re best having a look for yourself.

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Mirror’s Edge Catalyst’s Story Puts Me On Edge

“I once knew a young woman who would defy anyone and anything in order to do what she felt was right. But you’re clearly not her. You’re broken.” So starts the beginning of Mirror’s Edge Catalyst‘s story trailer, in which we learn that Faith might be broken like some sort of mirror and must jump between edges of buildings in order to prove to the yelling men that, like, shut up no she isn’t. Come see, and find details of the game’s beta in the bargain.

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Star Wars Battlefront Revisiting Hoth In New Free Stuff

Two months after the release of a multiplayer-focused game seems a good time to ask: how are you getting on with Star Wars Battlefront [official site] nowadays? What do you like, and what do you wish it had? And how does your wishlist stack up against DICE’s planlist? The developers have shared their plans for the next few months, which include a patch adding private matches and cosy outfits ↑ today, two free new Hoth maps in February, a new Endor map in March, and, of course, plenty of paid DLC.

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Battlefield Hardline Getaway DLC Legging It This Month

“Do people even still play Hardline?” I wondered, having seen EA announce a release date for the third lump of Battlefield: Hardline [official site] DLC. “I thought everyone stuck with to Battlefield 4.” So I checked and yep, they mostly have: Hardline’s PC playercount is less than 10% of the older BF4’s. But hey, if you’re one of those 2,000-odd folks playing murdercops and robbers right now, you might be glad to hear that ‘Getaway’ pack is coming this month with new maps and vehicles and weapons and things. Even if not, you might still enjoy watching the getaway in its slick trailer:

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Star Wars Battlefront Brings Battle Of Jakku To Some

Star Wars fans seem awfully excitable lately, and it’s not just about Star Wars Battlefront [official site]. Surprisingly, for a fanbase usually so discerning and wary of merchandising, they’re worked up about a new Hollywood movie adaptation of EA’s video game. Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits the silver screen later this month, and fans are going wild even though the only connection is the movie’s inspired by a level that wasn’t even in Battlefront at launch.

That inspiring level, The Battle of Jakku, has sorta arrived, with EA unpleasantly holding it back from people who didn’t pre-order Battlefront. Oh, and a new patch is here.

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Star Wars Battlefront Has Free Maps On The Horizon

My favourite Star Wars film is the one with Liam Neeson. Star Wars Battlefront [official site] is set much later, and next film The Force Awakens even later still. Battlefront’s first free content update will bridge that gap a little with The Battle of Jakku – and EA say there will be more “new maps and Star Cards, for free in the coming months.”

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Star Wars Battlefront DLC Season Pass & Misc. Lies

Star Wars Battlefront [official site] may be stomping out this week with all the AT-ATs and TIE fighters and Skywalking your young heart could dream of, but I’m sure the question your longing for an answer to is: what’ll be coming as DLC after launch? I know your type. Can’t get enough of that DLC, you. “Mad for it,” as they say in Manchester. Hold your horses, you DLC delinquents! I’ll tell you all about Battlefront’s £40 DLC Season Pass. Well. Mostly what I imagine is in it.

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Battlefield 4 ‘Dragon Valley’ Remake Coming Free Soon

The temple, meandering river, and destructible bridges of Battlefield 2’s Dragon Valley are returning in Battlefield 4 [official site] for free later this year, all gussied-up and reworked for BF4. The map’s no secret – it hit the Community Test Environment months ago – but DICE have now announced it’ll arrive as part of the free ‘Legacy Operations’ DLC alongside the game’s holiday season update. They’ve also explained some of their changes while showing off how fancy it looks now in a wee trailer:

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Star Wars: Battlefront’s Live Action Trailer Is Live

“If you strike me down I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine,” said Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars. Because he was then struck down so promptly afterwards, he never had a chance to explain the rest of the rules: “But if you don’t strike me down, I’ll vanish anyway and appear as a powerless ground troop in the midst of a war, and from then on only become more powerful depending on the collection of limited and randomly spawning powerups.”

There’s a Star Wars: Battlefront [official site] live action trailer now. Watch it below.

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Mirror’s Edge – Catalyst Slips From February Release Spot

If you had Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst [official site] in the Big Game Delay Sweepstakes, step up to the podium and claim your prize. Previously set for release on February 23rd, the same day as Far Cry Primal and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, the continuing adventures of Faith have been pushed back to May. DICE are still sticking to a specific release date – May 24th – and say that the delay is down to their desire to make the game “as entertaining, impressive, and memorable as it can be”.

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To Your Left A Bit: Battlefield 4’s Community Map Today

MONKEYS! Oh, Internet.

What sort of level would you most like to see in a video game? DICE asked the whole Battlefield 4 [official site] community, and design by committee has produced a spooky jungle map where monkey virus research has gone wrong. That… sounds about what I’d expect.

Hardline may be the shiniest Battlefield around, but 2013’s BF4 is still kicking. For folks more into army men then cops and robbers, an update is out today bringing a new map DICE made based around player feedback and votes: Operation Outbreak.

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Emperor Palpatine’s “Hit And Run Tactics” In Battlefront

On the one hand, Star Wars: Battlefront [official site] is absolutely plumbing our nostalgic desire for meticulously-recreated AT-AT battles and X-Wing vs TIE Fighter dogfights. On the other, it’s this absurd cartoon wherein a super-powered Skywalker or Vader sprint around the battlefield getting right up in everyone’s faces. And now Han Solo, Princess Leia and OH FOR GOD’S SAKES Emperor Palpatine have been added to that list.
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Star Wars Battlefront Beta Extended Through Tuesday

If it wasn’t multiplayer focused, I’d say Star Wars: Battlefront [official site] was a game solely made for Star Wars Dads. It has a fetishistic approach to the sound and texture of the original trilogy which seems designed to massage the nostalgia glands of, well, Alec, if his impressions of the beta are anything to go by. If you too are suppurating nostalgia from places, you might be glad to know that open beta has been extended through tomorrow.

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