Posts Tagged ‘Electronic Arts’

Video: Two creepy yarn beasts are better than one in Unravel 2

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The existence of Unravel 2 was a pleasant surprise at an EA showcase depressingly short of them. Even better, you can play the game right now. Er, if you don’t mind using Origin. I adored Unravel’s physics-based platforming, even if the horned, red figure of Yarny himself is clearly demonic in nature. It’s those dead eyes. Brrr. Making the sequel twice as unsettling is the arrival of a second yarn monster, who adds a dose of co-op puzzling. I bet they team up for a dark ritual at some point, too. But not in the opening 18 minutes, which I present for you here in video form.

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Anthem tries to embrace its own Destiny

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During yesterday’s EA’s press conference for E3 (which seemed at times like an hour-long apology for microtransactions) we saw a bit more of Anthem, the upcoming shooter from BioWare. The sliced-together footage followed a multiplayer run through the jungles and rock-pools of the world, ending when the four “freelancers” in robot suits encountered a large insect who eats cameras. But I’ve been braving the LA sunshine and got to see an unedited (or rather, less-edited) version of the same level. I didn’t get to play it, sadly. But I did get to see what happened to that big insect after the camera cut out. They shot it. A lot. Read the rest of this entry »

Star Wars Battlefront 2 hatching Clone Wars content

The exciting Starnews out of EA’s E3 press conference was word of Respawn’s game, Jedi: Fallen Order, but it wasn’t the only Starnews. Proving that people in E3 press conferences will cheer at anything that moves, like some sort of motion-sensitive clapbots, EA today announced that Star Wars Battlefront 2 will start adding things based on the Clone Wars from the Star Wars prequels movies. I fell asleep during Attack Of The Clones yet several people in the E3 audience whooped today. Read the rest of this entry »

Anthem: trailers, release date, everything we know so far

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With BioWare’s newest game doing the rounds again at E3 2018, it’s time to dig around to find all the relevant and juicy details surrounding Anthem and put them all into a single place. Below you will find information about the game’s release date, the small number of trailers that have been released so far, and everything interesting about the game’s mechanics, world and characters. Let’s dive right into the murky depths of Anthem. Read the rest of this entry »

Origin Access offers up new premium Premier tier

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During today’s E3 event, Electronic Arts revealed their new premium subscription tier for Origin Access, called Origin Access Premier. It’ll let members play EA’s new games as much as they please, including Madden NFL 19, Fifa 19, Battlefield V and, of course, Anthem. A pass to play every big new EA game without buying ’em.

Update: Cleaned up some confusion about what this does. Apologies. EA were a bit vague and it was a heck of a busy Saturday evening. -ed.

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FIFA 19 yoinks the Champions League

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EA have landed the Champions League license for FIFA 19, taking possession from Konami’s rival Pro Evolution Soccer series after its 10-year deal expired. Y’know, the Champions League, the Pan-European football competition with the sixth-best theme song in sporting television (after Formula 1, the Test Match Cricket, Football Italia, BBC Snooker, and Monday Night Handegg). The Champions League will be splattered all across FIFA 19, getting its own mode, sending Alex Hunter to play in it during its story mode ‘The Journey’, and popping up in FIFA Ultimate Team and all that too. And most importantly, it has that song. Well, kind of. Here, give this trailer a listen. Read the rest of this entry »

BioWare’s Anthem blasting off in February 2019

BioWare’s multiplayer shooter-RPG Anthem will launch on February 22nd, 2019, EA announced during their E3 pressblast today. They also showed off the first big lump of Anthem in action since its announcement at E3 last year, with power armour, robots, spacemen, guns, a Spacebrit, and a big spacebug. Read the rest of this entry »

Madden NFL 19 is coming to PC, after 11 years away

After 11 years away, EA are bringing the sport of American handegg back to PC. During their E3 pressblast today, they announced a PC release for Madden NFL 19, the first game in their annualised series to come our way since Madden 08. It’ll be released on the same day as its console counterparts too, August 10th. Here, watch the E3 trailer. Read the rest of this entry »

Unravel 2 announced, is out… now?!

Crafted cutie Yarny is back, and this time he’s made a friend. EA today not only formally announced Unravel Two, they’re chuffing well launching the puzzle-platformer today too. Surprise! And now it has co-op too. We knew a sequel was coming but didn’t expect this. Here’s our video person Matthew playing a bit. Read the rest of this entry »

Respawn’s Star Wars game is Jedi: Fallen Order

That mysterious boldly-going game from Titanfall developers Respawn Entertainment is named Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, EA confirmed during their E3 pressblast today, and it’ll launch next year. Respawn CEO Vince Zampella didn’t have much to say about the game, beyond the obvious that we’ll get to play as a Jedi and swing a glowstick as we delve into the past, somewhere between Episodes 3 and 4. Read the rest of this entry »

Battlefield V getting a battle royale mode

This being the year of our Molyneux 2018, yes of course Battlefield V will have a battle royale mode. Dice announced the mode during their E3 presentation, and sure, that’s no surprise, especially as Cod Blops 4 will royale it up too. Battlefield Royale (as I imagine they’ll call it?) won’t be in the WW2 FPS at launch, arriving some time after, and details are thin for now. In the meantime, it’s time to watch an E3 trailer. Read the rest of this entry »

Watch EA’s E3 presentation livestream here

Update: Graham here! EA’s press conference is over and E3 2018 is just beginning. The news is:

Battlefield V is getting a battle royale mode.
Respawn’s Star Wars game is called Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
Unravel 2 was announced and is out now.
EA Original’s are also publishing Sea of Solitude.
Madden NFL 19 is actually coming to PC.
BioWare’s Anthem will release on February 22nd 2019.
FIFA 19 will have the Champions League license.
Origin Access Premier is a fancier version of EA’s game pass.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 will visit the Clone Wars.

Back to Alice…

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Right then! Let’s get on with it. Electronic Arts are hosting the first announce-o-trailer-a-rama around the Electronic Entertainment Expo this year, showing off (and presumably announcing?) their lineup of upcoming games. Their event starts at 7pm UK time (that’s 11am Pacific) and you can watch it livestreamed right here, in this very post. Read the rest of this entry »

When and where to watch the big E3 livestreams

Publishers are lining up to announce and show off their upcoming games at their big annual press conference-o-market-o-ramas, starting today. This is all livestreamed nowadays, and it’s certainly more comfortable to be watching from home than the conference rooms (sorry, Brendy), and it’s always a lark.

Cars descend from the rafters for no reason, lights flash, music plays, terrible terrible just awful jokes are told, YouTubers and Twitch streamers amble meekly onto stage, the assembled games media whoop and cheer wildly at the next year of mega-budget 7/10 games, and there are always pleasant surprises. Here’s who to watch, where, and when. Read the rest of this entry »

Star Wars: Battlefront 2’s Solo season raids Kessel soon

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I like Star Wars: Battlefront 2. I enjoy its big dumb bombastic fights and completely unsubtle everything. For me, it’s an ideal shooter for 15-30 minutes of Star Wars flavoured cooldown in-between more demanding games, especially now it’s escaped from loot-crate hell. As such, more of it is always good, and now that the new one-shot prequel movie is out, there’s some tie-in stuff coming to the game. This June 12th, players get to take a run on Kessel, and dress up as Alden Ehrenreich, a canonically separate character from Han Solo.

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The Sims 4 Seasons blasts Simlish Steal My Sunshine

A Simlish version of Len’s red-hot summer jam Steal My Sunshine accompanies the announcement of the ‘Seasons’ expansion for The Sims 4, and it’s twisting my melon, man. If you’re going cruising this long weekend, lash this one out in your car and enjoy confusion spreading across the faces of people next to you at the traffic lights. Sims 2 and 3 both received Seasons expansions, so it’s no surprise that it’s coming again to add special seasonal shenanigans across the Simyear. But look, really this post is all about Steal My Sunshine: Read the rest of this entry »

Battlefield V interview: dodging the lootbox question, and why battle royale “would really fit the universe”

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I came away from my Battlefield V first look surprisingly ready for another tour of the Western front – prosthetic-armed Cockneys and all – but with a number of nagging questions. Firstly, how exactly is EA DICE approaching monetisation right now, in the wake of the uproar over Star Wars: Battlefront 2’s rubbish launch-day microtransactions? I was treated to an hour-long presentation on the game’s service elements, but the in-game purchases this service will facilitate were conspicuously absent from discussion – it felt a bit like the part in the bombing run before the sky lights up with flak. And secondly, does the developer have any plans for a battle royale mode, given Call of Duty’s recent jump upon that bandwagon? Because if any existing shooter is built for Fortnitey/Plunkbatty shenanigans, it is surely Battlefield, with its giant maps and headcounts.

Burdened by such thoughts, I sought out senior producer Lars Gustavsson and tried to get a clear answer out of him. The results, which include a discussion of what I suspect will prove a controversial squad focus, are below. Read the rest of this entry »

Battlefield V is about making friends, building forts and daily chores

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World War 2 has broken out once again as EA DICE heads back to the 1940s with Battlefield V, a theoretically safe sequel with some curious, and possibly divisive, ideas at its core.

After the thematic reset that was Battlefield 1 I wasn’t expecting much from this year’s instalment of the long-running shooter series – class tweaks, new period accessories and still-higher fidelity explosions, all of it fed through the same mix of giant, vehicle-strewn maps and objective modes. There’s certainly a lot here that’s familiar, but EA DICE has made some dramatic changes to Battlefield’s squad system that shunt an already team-oriented game even further away from lone wolf play. That’s in addition to the ability to rebuild trashed structures, fortifying maps that hitherto existed only to be ripped apart, and, less attractively, a tsunami of live service and earning mechanisms gathered under the banner of the “Tides of War”. As I discovered during a two-hour presentation today in London, it’s a riskier, more stimulating prospect than the “return to roots” messaging suggests. Read the rest of this entry »

Battlefield V is coming October 19th, see first trailer here

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Update: We’ve now got an article with more information from today’s press-only reveal event, including insight into the game’s new modes, character progression, and Fortnite-like building.

Alright kids, settle down. There’s a new Battlefield game coming, and that’s kind of a big deal. While Call of Duty may have fallen from grace somewhat on PC, older Battlefield games still remain decently populated. You’ll never have trouble finding people to play Battlefield 3 with, and that came out in 2011. At 8pm GMT (30 minutes from now, at the time of writing), EA will be unveiling Battlefield V live via the YouTube stream that we’ve handily embedded for you within. Come watch with us. I’ll put the kettle on.

Post-stream update: It was a bit cheeky for them to open the show with a montage of all the previous Battlefield games, including the ones that EA have shut down and you can’t play anymore no matter how much you’d like to. Within, some thoughts on the stream, plus a bombastic debut trailer. Read the rest of this entry »

Battlefield 1 & 4 serve up free Russian winter DLC today

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Battlefield V is practically upon us already, but its two immediate predecessors are still very well populated games. Still, thanks to their old focus on season passes, many players just stuck with the base games, a problem which EA have been rectifying lately with giveaways. Today, owners of Battlefield 1 can snag the In The Name Of The Tsar expansion for the game, while Battlefield 4 folks can get the Final Stand expansion, both completely free. Summer is coming, and looking at the frozen wastelands on offer, a trip to the Urals seems awfully tempting.

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Battlefield V wants you to shut up, or touch its mouth?

With the glitz and glamour of Eurovision fading into memory, it’s almost time for That Other E Event, the Electronic Entertainment Expo. E3’s marketing blitz seems to begin earlier each year, and I’ve a sneaking suspicion I’m already in it but haven’t fully realised yet, and now here come Electronic Arts teasing the formal announcement of Battlefield V. Coming ahead of a big livestreamed event on Wednesday, the wee teaser video shows a steampunk gesturing for us to shut up. Or maybe inviting us to put our fingers in his mouth? I’m not quite sure. At the very least, it lends credence to rumours that developers Dice are taking the series back to World War 2 with this year’s game. Read the rest of this entry »