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

Friday, August 16, 2019

Halo Infinite Creative Director Exits 343 Industries

Tim Longo, creative director for upcoming first-person shooter title Halo Infinite leaves 343 Industries this week.

It has taken fifteen years for first-person shooter franchise Halo to return with a mainline sequel that is Halo Infinite, revealed back in E3 2018 and that teaser trailer was followed by another one during Xbox press briefing at E3 2019.

Currently scheduled for release window of fall 2020, developer 343 Industries is seeing a sudden leadership shakeup only a year before planned launch as creative director of the game, Tim Longo leaves studio this week.

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Halo Infinite Creative Director Exits 343 Industries

RELATED: Halo Infinite E3 2019 Trailer

Longo is an industry veteran who worked for Crystal Dynamics and Lucas Arts, being involved in games like Jedi Knight and Republic Commando. He also acted as creative director for Halo 5: Guardians during his stint on 343 Industries.

Following his departure, Chris Lee is going to lead ongoing production of the project forward with its original creative vision in mind as studio head. Also, this sudden change of leadership will not have any effect on the game release date.

RELATED: Halo TV Series Casts Natascha McElhone as Cortana

Microsoft has released an official statement on this recent change and what it means for Infinite development team.

Roles and responsibilities of various team members regularly evolve to meet the needs of a game, throughout development. We have recently had two changes to the Halo Infinite development team. Our Executive Producer, Mary Olson will now take charge of the Campaign team on Halo Infinite as the Lead Producer, utilizing her many years of experience at 343 to help craft a great campaign for fans. Additionally, Tim Longo has recently departed our team and we are truly thankful for his many contributions to our games, our studio and the Halo universe. We wish Tim nothing but the best in his future endeavors.

RELATED: Master Chief Collection Coming to PC, Adds Halo: Reach

Upcoming Halo game is going to be a launch title for Project Scarlett, which is being developed using new Slipspace Engine and to bring back everyone's favorite four-player split-screen gameplay while not featuring any battle royale mode.

Regardless of Microsoft's assures, fans have reasons to be concerned seeing a huge leadership shakeup at this point of development, especially because success of Halo Infinite will somewhat determine future of Xbox brand in gaming industry.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Origin Access Adds 12 EA Star Wars Games

Electronic Arts have added 12 new Star Wars games to Origin Access, Including original Star Wars Battlefront II.

To celebrate Star Wars Day on May 4th, dedicated fans from all over the world observes an unofficial holiday each year since 2011 that grew upon a popular catchphrase from Star Wars franchise and became an iconic part of fandom.

Being an exclusive licensed partner of Disney for publishing Star Wars games, Electronic Arts just added some notable greatest PC games from the renowned series to collection of their Origin Access monthly subscription service.

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Origin Access Adds 12 EA Star Wars Games

RELATED: EA Cancelled BioWare's Knights of the Old Republic Sequel

In their latest addition, EA has included 12 classic Star Wars games to Origin for their valued members to enjoy for May the Fourth celebration. Now there are more than 25 games from a galaxy far away for players to jump into on PC platform.

Just by choosing a Basic or Premier membership for $4.46 and $16.77 respectively, players can enjoy instant access to collection of games at Origin Access. Otherwise, annual subscription for Origin comes for $24.99 and $111.85 only.

RELATED: Rogue One Writer Wants Disney to Replace EA for Star Wars Games

Newest games that have been added to Origin Access vault and have a look at them to decide which one you want to jump on board with.

  1. Star Wars Episode I: Racer
  2. Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
  3. Star Wars Jedi Knight: Mysteries of the Sith
  4. Star Wars: Battlefront II
  5. Star Wars: Dark Forces
  6. Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds Saga
  7. Star Wars: Rebellion
  8. Star Wars: Republic Commando
  9. Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
  10. Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
  11. Star Wars: Starfighter
  12. Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance

RELATED: Disney to Replace EA for Star Wars Games

Since fans were not quite happy with how EA was rolling out Star Wars games in recent year, at least it was a slightly wise move to let people have a chance to go back to glory days for having fun with classic titles that defined the series.

Pretty much every old-school fans with Origin Access would love to indulge themselves with original Battlefront II, Jedi Academy and Republic Commando. If not, there are still more than 100 titles for members to try out and keep them busy for a while.

RELATED: Jedi: Fallen Order Gameplay Will Be Revealed at EA Play and E3

After their disastrous run with Star Wars Battlefront II in 2017 and cancelled game "Project Ragtag" under Visceral Games that was under development, EA has lost their credibility of producing decent Star Wars titles to fans.

Upon revealing of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order at Star Wars Celebration last month, many are willing to give them one last chance. An official gameplay showcase for Fallen Order is announced to be taken place at EA Play and E3 2019 next month.

Friday, January 18, 2019

EA Cancelled BioWare's Knights of the Old Republic Sequel

BioWare has repeatedly tried to revive Knights of the Old Republic series and failed to do so because of EA.

Based on the mythos of Star Wars fantasy universe, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic was a joint effort of making a role-playing game by developer BioWare and publisher Lucas Arts back in 2003 that many fans cherishes till date.

This critically acclaimed title received a sequel next year from Obsidian Entertainment and multiple attempts from the original developer to bring a third game was unsuccessful because apparently, Electronic Arts will not allow that to happen anytime soon.

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EA Cancelled BioWare KOTOR Sequel

RELATED: Star Wars Battlefront II Missed Sales Targets

Of course, KOTOR didn't have high quality graphics like any of the modern day titles nor had exquisite multiplayer features, the RPG offered people to make plot decisions. Most importantly, it was free from the corporate greed that players know as micro-transactions.

The game took place 4,000 years before the formation of Galactic Empire where you, as a Jedi would venture through galaxy to defeat an assembled Sith army of Darth Malak while also choosing an alignment with light or dark side of the Force.

RELATED: Star Wars Battlefront II Controversy Hurts EA Stock Price

Both of these titles were not part of Star Wars canon anymore when Disney took over the franchise but later, Season 4 of Star Wars Rebels animated series made the lore relevant again by making reference of events taking place during KOTOR.

BioWare later released an MMORPG titled Star Wars: The Old Republic in 2011 to continue the series and fans have heard about a lot of rumor from 2017 of rebooting the series but all of them were eventually shot down with no hopes for revival.

RELATED: Reddit Bashed EA Over Battlefront II Loot Boxes

In response to a fan hoping for a reboot or sequel, renowned video game journalist Jason Schreier revealed the true scenario in a Tweet.



RELATED: Star Wars Battlefront II Micro-Transactions Outrage

Although EA has exclusive rights to publish Star Wars games after they made a deal with Disney, all they did for the last few years is cancelled more games than they released. In their latest venture, they managed to heavily enrage the fans with Star Wars Battlefront II loot box controversy.

When they recently cancelled an open-world game code-named "Ragtag" being developed under Visceral Games, Rogue One co-writer Gary Whitta simply states that Disney should pull the plug on their Star Wars license deal with EA and be done with it.

RELATED: Rogue One Writer Wants Disney to Replace EA for Star Wars Games

According to Schreier, EA has shot down multiple attempts from the developers of Knights of the Old Republic to revive the series aside from canning several other Star Wars projects from some of their acquired studios to rush other games.

With their current development philosophy and games-as-service approach, EA is burning cash and shoving beloved game franchises to drain for no good reason. Seeing their recent behavior, we have good reasons to believe that they have been corrupted by the Dark Side.