News tagged: Electronic Arts
EA has picked up Respawn Entertainment, developer of the Titanfall series. It's acquiring the developer in a deal worth over $400 million. They've worked together in the past, with EA publishing both of Respawn's Titanfall games. Some projects are already underway.
EA may stop coming out with new Madden and FIFA titles every year. Speaking with Bloomberg, EA chief Andrew Wilson mentioned the possibility that annual releases could be swapped for a much greater focus on game updates and ongoing subscription services.
EA could expand its EA Access game subscription service to cover the PlayStation 4, not just the Xbox One. CEO Andrew Wilson commented during an earnings call that because the service has proven a hit on Xbox One, it could be expanded to "other platforms."
FIFA 18 is going to be the only EA-made game on Nintendo Switch for the foreseeable future, says CFO Blake Jorgensen. He revealed to The Wall Street Journal that EA isn't currently working on any other titles for the platform. It wants to better understand the demand first.
FIFA and EA are bringing their partnership even further into the realm of esports. They've announced the first eWorld Cup, an esports replication of the World Cup, one of the largest sporting events. Qualifying tournaments are scheduled to run from November 2017 to July 2018.
EA has announced it's shutting down Visceral Games, the studio responsible for some big titles, including the Dead Space series and Battlefield Hardline. Visceral's parent company plans to move the majority of employees to other projects with other groups, minimizing layoffs.
Mass Effect: Andromeda can now be played for free if you have a subscription to either Origin Access for PC or EA Access for the Xbox One. Andromeda will be accessible through the Origin and EA Access Vaults so long as you remain an active, paying subscriber.
The Star Wars: Battlefront 2 beta has been extended and will now be accessible until Wednesday. EA announced the extension of the public beta on Monday. People with a preorder for the upcoming title were able to access the beta beginning last Wednesday.
Star Wars Battlefront II isn't going to be out until later this year, so if you want to spend the next couple months improving your Battlefront experience, EA has made that easier. You can currently pick up the 2014 game's Season Pass for free on Origin. Normally it'd cost $20.
More FIFA titles are likely to be released for the Nintendo Switch moving forward, says EA. Fans of the series have been worried EA won't focus on releasing FIFA games on the platform after FIFA 18 arrives. But the company has indicated that's not the case.
Though Mass Effect: Andromeda hasn't been a well-received game, EA isn't going to abandon the series. Patrick Soderlund, EA's executive VP, says he sees no reason for the company to no longer come out with Mass Effect titles. Though the franchise should be revisited in a new way.
For the first time, a game is being removed from the EA Access Vault. The subscription service is no longer going to include FIFA 14, says EA. Come October 18, you'll no longer be able to get the game or re-install it. EA is making this decision because it's also closing support.
After a page on the Microsoft Store accidentally revealed the release date of The Sims 4 for Xbox One, Electronic Arts has confirmed the game is headed to consoles. The Sims 4, which was released on PC in 2014, is now going to reach the Xbox One and PS4 on November 17.
An Xbox One version of The Sims 4 is going to be available on November 17, according to a product page accidentally posted to the Microsoft Store. The game was released three years ago on PC and is just now headed to consoles. EA has yet to confirm the upcoming release.
Revenue from the mobile gaming industry has surpassed that from consoles and PCs. DFC Intelligence reports 2016 was the first time mobile games overtook the other categories. The market increased in size by 32% last year, bringing it to $38 billion in revenue.
Access to Star Wars Battlefront 2's multiplayer beta will open on October 6, with the test running until October 9 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. EA says the beta is entirely open, allowing anyone to download and test the multiplayer side of the game ahead of its November 17 release.
We've finally received our first look at Star Wars Battlefront 2's multiplayer. Footage of the game mode was revealed and EA said the title includes three times more content than the original. To make sure Battlefront 2 is as good as possible, EA listed to criticism.
To support cutting-edge technologies, EA has formed SEED (Search for Extraordinary Experiences Division). The new incubator within EA is focused on "visionary content," according to executive VP Patrick Soderlund. It'll support projects in AI and virtual reality.
Electronic Arts (EA) has announced it's going to donate $1 million to anti-bullying causes. CEO Andrew Wilson revealed the plan during EA Play. It's contributing to the United Nations' HeForShe, PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center, and Ditch the Label.
BioWare unveiled a new game called Anthem during EA's press conference at E3 2017 this weekend. A 45-second teaser has been released for the title, which is already being described as an alternative to Destiny. No gameplay has been revealed so far, but some plot info is out.