Showing posts with label Electronic Arts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Electronic Arts. Show all posts

Friday, November 15, 2019

BioWare to Overhaul Anthem

BioWare is reportedly planning for an overhaul for Anthem to bring it back through a massive update.

Though many have speculated for online multiplayer action role-playing game Anthem from developer BioWare and publisher Electronic Arts to be the biggest release of 2019, it has completely failed to live up to that expectation.

Despite major faction of player community abandoning the game, developers are reportedly working on a huge update in an attempt to revive the anticipated loot shooter, which would either be called "Anthem 2.0" or "Anthem Next".

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BioWare to Overhaul Anthem

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It all started with BioWare trying to publish an unfinished game that they had no clear vision for and then people who bought the game at full price starts seeing a series of problem it has in terms of content as well as many balance issues.

Morale among their development team had been at all time low and lead producer Ben Irving chooses to leave company three months ago. Following his departure, head of live service and community, Chad Robertson quickly took over.

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Moving ahead, he promised more transparency of work to fans but eventually, Robertson left his position earlier this month. Although he claimed that Anthem is currently in good hands, it is yet not clear who is leading the project right now.

At this point, many sources even started speculating whether the game is dead but recent report suggest that BioWare and EA has not given up support yet as they are planning to introduce a massive overhaul to save it.

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BioWare is preparing a total revamp in a last ditch effort to revive Anthem and are early stage of planning. Whether these updates would be launched one by one or roll out an entirely new game as "Anthem 2.0" or "Anthem Next" is not clear yet.

They can either release periodical series of patches like No Man's Sky or follow model of Destiny: The Taken King. This probably is why they have abandoned a planned roadmap of post-launch content to offer an improved experience.

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Since their continued support has been lackluster so far, one can only wonder how BioWare is doing on their latest plan. If they ended up releasing a brand-new product, then original players should be allowed to chime in for free.

Since most recent updates did very little to excite their deprived fan-base and Cataclysm mode has performed poorly, developers are to streamline mission structure and loot system of this multiplayer shooter title to address known issues.

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Redemption stories in video game are very rare but sometime there are great comeback stories like No Man's Sky with their regular updates or like Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, which saw a complete makeover from scratch.

Then there are examples like online action RPG title Fallout 76 from Bethesda Softworks that does little to nothing to fix their broken game and then try to charge their existing players for private servers that many were requesting for long.

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Lately, EA has recruited help from other development teams to help core dev team to make progress. Players are still hoping to see the game light up as originally promised and BioWare is working really hard not to disappoint fans again.

Electronic Arts have even added Anthem to their EA Access catalog of title back in September, only seven months within release. Although, we don't have an official confirmation yet, a complete rework of gameplay systems is likely to come soon.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Launch Trailer

EA and Respawn reveals brand-new launch trailer for upcoming Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order ahead of release.

This holiday season, fans of Star Wars will get to enjoy a brand-new story in upcoming action-adventure game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order from developer Respawn Entertainment and publisher Electronic Arts on November 15, 2019.

Only few weeks before global launch on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, an official launch trailer has been released showcasing new cinematic bits featuring adventures of lone Jedi Cal Kestis and some more lightsaber combat.

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Launch Trailer

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Fallen Order launch trailer video retells an epic journey of a lone warrior fighting to reestablish Jedi legacy.




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New Jedi: Fallen Order trailer opens up with Padawan Cal Kestis crossing paths with Ninth Sister, an Inquisitor member trained by Darth Vader. She presents an imminent threat to him and attacks using her double-bladed red lightsaber.

Then Cal is shown to battle shock troopers, taking fire from AT-AT walkers, doing traversal using wires and some hyperspace jumping. More in-game footage shows previously revealed scenes with Second Sister presented in a new light.

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Fallen Order takes place following a galaxy-wide Jedi purge initiated by "Order 66" during events of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and few remaining survivors who ran from Galactic Empire were being hunted down.

After years of hiding in shadows, Cal was ousted to Empire when he is caught saving his friend using the Force and became a target for Second Sister. He found a new ally in Cere Junda, who becomes a mentor figure to him and guides him through.

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Inquisitor Ninth Sister

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Despite many players are still hesitant to trust EA because of their past attempt to include loot boxes and pay-to-win mechanics in Star Wars Battlefront II back in 2017, Respawn has worked really hard to deliver a great Star Wars game for fans.

Electronic Arts can finally win over fans with release of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order next month as it has every potential to become a great single-player experience that players has been asking for years, minus any shoddy micro-transactions.

EA Games Returning to Steam

EA games are finally coming back to Steam, with titles like Jedi: Fallen Order and EA Access subscription service.

Only days ago, video game publisher company Electronic Arts has posted photo of a steaming coffee mug on Twitter, which at first glance doesn't mean much and is easily missable but PC gamers assumed this to be a major tease.

With everyone has been speculating that EA may be returning to Steam after all and today, it is finally revealed that they are coming back to digital distribution platform of Valve Corporation eight years after their initial departure.

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EA Games Returning to Steam

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EA has officially announced partnership with Valve to bring their games to Steam for players on PC platform. This affiliation will bring back some of their popular titles as well as monthly distribution service to a new audience.

To kick-off an exciting lineup, upcoming anticipated title Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has already debuted on Steam and available for pre-order. Soon, Sims 4 and Unravel Two will join before 2019 ends with more to come next year.

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More multiplayer games like Apex Legends, Battlefield V and FIFA 20 will arrive next year that previously were available on Origin Access. On spring 2020, their partnership will bring EA Access subscription program to Steam.

By spending $4.99 only a month or $29.99 for a year, players would get unlimited access to games from The Vault, early trials, exclusive discounts, expansions and special in-game rewards for their EA Access membership via Steam.

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Back in 2014, EA Access was revealed for Xbox One before coming to PC as Origin Access and now is out on PlayStation 4 platform too. Though they were doing okay, it probably has failed to gain as much traction as EA expected.

This huge power move from Electronic Arts and Valve will surely benefit developers and players from PC gaming community while work on to improve their company image to public in an age of competitive marketplace.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Apex Legends Season 3 Live Now

Respawn sets a collision course for Season 3 of free-to-play battle royale shooter game Apex Legends, live now.

Even before Season 3 of free-to-play battle royale game Apex Legends could go live on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, new legend Crypto was revealed by developer Respawn Entertainment and publisher Electronic Arts.

Now that its third and biggest season has already gone live, a fresh new Battle Pass with unique rewards has come out. Aside from regular balance works and bug fixes, players are getting new Legend, a brand-new map and weapons.

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Apex Legends Season 3 Live Now

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Watch out Legends dropship their way to World's Edge of Talos in the cinematic launch trailer for Meltdown.




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Armed with a Charge Rifle, Crypto has entered the fray of battle royale and this newest Legend is a skilled hacker. One of his main ability is scanning nearby area with surveillance drone to look for enemies and get a view of their position.

Whenever his drones spot opponents, they marked for him and his allies to see to give them an edge in battle. Crypto is designed to be a support character and his ultimate ability is an EMP blast from his drone to neutralize enemy and traps.

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Crypto's Charge Rifle

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Legends are all gathered on a new arena called World's Edge, which a rocky, volcanic zone and second map of Apex Legends. Its environment is a mix of fire and ice as an obvious ode to current season title Meltdown.

There are more than 100 exclusive items in Season 3 Battle Pass that includes Apex coins, legendary skins and XP boosts. Ranked mode begins a new series to show off your skills and only a few minor changes were made.

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Welcome to World's Edge

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Face your legendary opponents to earn glory of battle in daily and weekly challenges on a brand-new map. Even if you miss out a few challenges, you can still catch up to them shortly afterwards and level up by completing them all.

Titanfall series spin-off title Apex Legends from is building its own legacy with new characters and their unique lore. Some of these characters may even make it to Titanfall 3, when Respawn will eventually start working on the game.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Story Preview Trailer

Padawan Cal Kestis sets out for a galactic adventure in story preview trailer of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

We are only months away from developer Respawn Entertainment and publisher Electronic Arts to release their upcoming action-adventure Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order on November 15, 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

After a long-awaited reveal in April 2019 and extended gameplay demo at E3 2019 press event, EA has released a new story trailer for Jedi: Fallen Order that focuses on lone Jedi Cal Kestis and his journey of struggle against Galactic Empire.

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Story Preview Trailer

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Witness Jedi Cal Kestis taking on a deadly mission to seek the means to defeat the Empire in latest story trailer.




RELATED: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Extended Gameplay Demo

In opening scene, Jedi hero Cal Kestis is seen to have his butt kicked by an Inquisitor known as Second Sister, apprentice of Darth Vader.Then help came in form of a woman who starts firing her blaster at his enemy so Cal can get up and run.

The woman, named Cere Junda would become a mentor figure to Cal and was a padawan once. His rescuers would become allies since they both are hunted by Imperial enemies and working towards a common goal of taking down the Empire.

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Apparently, he is looking for something ancient, which is very precious to Empire as well. Cal bands together with his newfound friends along with BD-1 buddy droid and travel to places to continue his journey of restoring Jedi Order.

Fallen Order is a single-player experience featuring actor Cameron Monaghan (Gotham, Shameless) in lead role. It took place five years after execution of "Order 66" took place during Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.

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Following Star Wars Battlefront II micro-transaction outrage, fans have given up on EA to do justice to any Star Wars game due to their focus on multiplayer components instead of a solid story-focused campaign mode with new characters.

Despite some skepticism, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has managed to draw attention from fans due to developer studio like Respawn being involved, who has a solid reputation for working on games like Apex Legends and Titanfall.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Play Anthem With Origin Access

After seven months of drag following launch, Anthem has finally joined EA Access monthly subscription service.

Though debuted as one of most anticipated video games of 2019, online multiplayer action role-playing game Anthem from developer BioWare and publisher Electronic Arts has been a train-wreck ever since it was released.

After a couple of failed attempts to revive its player base with content and patches, EA has finally made the game available for their subscription-based service EA Access and Origin Access on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Play Anthem With Origin Access

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Regular subscribers will be able to play Standard Edition of the game and Premier tier members of Origin Access for PC platform can get their hands on Legion of Dawn edition, which has bunch of more cool staffs for each Javelin classes.

Earlier, Origin Access members were only able to get "Play First" trial comprised of a 10-hour preview of main game. Instead of paying $14.99 for Premier subscription, players can now have the game on regular Access for $4.99 only.

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BioWare's latest open-world action RPG was updated with endgame activity Cataclysm back in August and received another patch on September 4, yet it could never lived up to its hype or even deliver a decent experience for many who supported it.

At one point there was a rumor that Anthem is likely to go free-to-play anytime and now joining EA Access vault has made it pretty much that. They simply do not have enough content to do that like Bungie did with Destiny 2: New Light.

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Origin Access Games for September 2019

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September 19 will see FIFA 20 to arrive for all three major platforms on "Play First" and full game on Premier. EA Access to add Out of the Park Baseball 20, The Escapists 2, Ultimate Chicken Horse, Vambrace: Cold Soul and Yooka-Laylee today.

After lead producer Ben Irving leaving recently, the future of Anthem seems uncertain but Electronic Arts pledges to continue their support through post-launch content, which still is a critical and commercial disappointment to them.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Revealed and Out Now

PopCap Games and Electronic Arts revealed Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville, out now on major platforms.

Earlier in July, developer PopCap Games and publisher Electronic Arts has announced free-to-play mobile game Plants Vs. Zombies 3 on Google Play store from their popular strategy tower defense franchise Plants Vs. Zombies.

It was leaked back in April 2019 that Garden Warfare series will release a new title but then EA revealed and launched their latest third-person shooter game Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville at once on September 4, 2019.

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Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Revealed and Out Now

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Following a 24-hour countdown on social media, PvZ: Battle for Neighborville is released for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This is more of an early access version of the game that will be adding features and new modes over time.

For next six weeks, EA will drop content for their newest multiplayer shooter from PvZ series, which is out now for purchase for $29.99 only as Founder's Edition until it gets full release on October 18 as Standard Edition for $39.99.

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Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Founder's Edition

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By time when Battle for Neighborville becomes fully available to play, both versions will have access to all contents. However, some cosmetic rewards are solely exclusive for owners of Founder's Edition for jumping in early.

Many aspects that made their past class-based shooter games successful will be re-invented to fit their new gameplay mechanics. A social hub called Town Center is where you go battling enemies, interacting with NPCs or to find collectibles.

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A brand-new official trailer offers some gameplay features and welcomes you to Neighborville for some crazy time.




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Earlier in a presentation, PopCap reveals at Gamescom 2019 that PvZ: BfN to have ten classes of Plants and Zombies including some fan-favorite heroes from Garden Warfare series like Captain Deadbeard, Citron and Kernel Corn.

There is a ninja mushroom named Night Cap specialized in stealth attacks and a flame spraying attack class called Snapdragon. 80s Action Hero is all about exploding stuffs whereas Space Cadet zombie class can form a space station.

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Welcome to Neighborville

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First PvP game mode to go live in Founder's Edition is Turf Takeover where up to 24 players play for an objective. Then 8v8 mode Team Vanquish will be making a return along with anticipated comeback of PvE horde mode Garden Ops.

One particular area Plants vs. Zombies: BfN do not wish to venture is Battle Royale, albeit of some fan-expectation, because either of Plants or Zombies don't fight their own kind and making that would be canonically wrong.

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Founder's Edition Content Roadmap

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Although there are some premium in-game currency in there, EA representatives strongly emphasized on the fact that there will not be any loot box micro-transactions but players can but every item from Rux's Emporium cosmetics shop.

EA taking an early access approach for Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville like indie studios doesn't make much sense from a financial point but it would eventually help them launch a less bug-filled and more polished game.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Madden NFL 20 Superstar KO Mode Live Now

Play as NFL superstars in fast-paced Superstar KO co-op mode live now for Madden NFL 20.

This year's football season has already been kicked-off for fans when Madden NFL 20 by developer EA Tiburon and publisher Electronic Arts was officially released earlier on August 2, 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

While most players are probably busy with Super Bowl or building their Madden Ultimate Team to take the fun to another level, EA decided to add Superstar KO co-op mode to its roster through a free update and it's live now.

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Madden NFL 20 Superstar KO Mode Live Now

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Take a brief look at what gameplay features newly added Superstar KO mode will offer you in Madden NFL 20.




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This is an attempt to let you team up with your friends to play a 3v3 Madden game after choosing a Superstar KO team that features a unique celebrity coach and each of them will bring their own strategies to win over.

Usually, a regular game in any sports simulator title would require nearly an hour to complete and not everyone has that much time. Instead of stretching for 45-60 minutes, this new co-op mode will let you finish within 5-8 minutes.

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Squad Up Your Superstars

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These games are quite competitive and have great replay value for its intensity for lasting over a brief period of time. Aside from ringing your squad mates to join up, you can also draft X-Factor players to lift up their spirits.

There are about 50 of NFL's most elite athletes that have made it to X-Factor for Madden 20. These superstars will enter the field with more than their start status and their actions will reflect their real-life skill set for game.

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Feel Like an NFL Superstar

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All of these amazing abilities are enrolled into latest Superstar KO mode for players to make good use of them to win your rivals over. This is your way of showing who the champ is and you can earn some Ultimate Team rewards as well.

Aside from emphasize on squad play and each Superstar KO team has their own playbook in Madden NFL 20. Depending on what playstyle suits you most, browse for one from eight premade teams that works best for you.