Tag: Electronic Arts

Apex Legends dev Respawn admits it messed up Iron Crown

Respawn screwed up. Apex Legends has a new event called Iron Crown that introduces a number of exciting cosmetics. But one problem: The business model to acquire many of those items has, once again, outraged fans. Now Respawn is admitting its mistake, and it’s promising to improve how you can acquire Iron Crown items. The […]

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Need For Speed: Heat seems painfully uncool

Electronic Arts is making another Need For Speed game, probably because some spreadsheet somewhere said that it should. It announced Need For Speed: Heat with a trailer this morning, and based solely on this video, it looks as uninspired as other recent entries in the series. Here’s how Electronic Arts describes the premise for Heat […]

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Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville trailer leaks

Electronic Arts is making Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville. I know this because I saw a trailer for it on the internet. But that trailer wasn’t part of any planned reveal or official EA YouTube account. Instead, it was the industry’s latest major leak. We’ve known that EA has spent a few years working […]

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FIFA 20’s Volta hands-on gameplay — Chaotic street play comes to video game soccer

FIFA 20 matches can be as boring as real-life soccer. There, I said it. But Electronic Arts is spicing up the video game this year with Volta Football, a new way to play with three-on-three street soccer games. It’s a whole new way to play, and I tried it out at a recent demo event […]

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Apex Legends gets a solo mode — but only for 2 weeks

You no longer need social graces to play Apex Legends — at least for most of August. Developer Respawn Entertainment announced on social media today that it is launching a solo mode as part of The Iron Crown Collection Event next week. On August 13, The Iron Crown Collection Event goes live, and it will […]

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The DeanBeat: How the game industry can get better at diversity and inclusion

The game industry isn’t as inclusive or diverse or inclusive as it could be. But people are working on it. A group of them spoke on a panel at the recent Gamelab game event in Barcelona in June. Rami Ismail, cofounder of Vlambeer and a frequent advocate for diversity and indie games, moderated the panel. […]

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EA: Apex Legends has 8-to-10 million players a week

Apex Legends may not have the 50 million monthly players that it launched with back in March, but it still has a huge audience. During a conference call with investors, publisher Electronic Arts confirmed that the battle royale shooter has 8 million-to-10 million weekly players. It’s difficult to compare that to other games like Fortnite […]

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Electronic Arts’ core franchises delivered while Apex Legends reloaded

Electronic Arts had a strong first quarter of its fiscal 2020. The publisher generated $743 million in revenue, which beat Wall Street’s expectations. That’s down less than 1% from $749 million during the same period last year. EA’s share price is up around 3.5 percent in after-hours trading on that news. EA’s positive results were […]

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Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes reaches 80 million players since 2015 debut

Electronic Arts revealed today during its Q1 financial year 2020 earnings report that Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes Q1 has now reached 80 million players. The free-to-play mobile game launched back in November 2015. The blend of tactics and role-playing has you organizing a team of famous Star Wars characters, both heroes and villains. Despite […]

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EA Access is now available on PlayStation 4

Publisher Electronic Arts has launched its monthly subscription program known as EA Access on PlayStation 4. This membership program provides a number of perks including early access to games for  a limited time at no extra charge as well as access to a vault of older releases. You can sign up for it right now […]

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FIFA 2020 and Megan Rapinoe? 1,100 fans petition EA to put women’s soccer star on cover

Megan Rapinoe is the star of the U.S. women’s soccer team, which won the 2019 World Cup. And now fans are petitioning Electronic Arts to put her image on the cover of its next video game, FIFA 2020. Fan Darren Holland started the petition on Change.org after IGN (another gaming news site) posted a mock […]

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How female characters in FIFA led to a diversity movement at EA

Not many people can trace the kind of impact that Katie Scott has had as a game designer at Electronic Arts. She considered herself a very “typical game designer, an average game designer,” and was working on FIFA, EA’s flagship game played by soccer fans around the world. But she was passionate about games and […]

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How Devolver Digital pursues the indie fringe and brings it to mainstream gamers

No one does a game trade show quite like Devolver Digital. The company set up its faux booth and trailers outside of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), in a parking lot across from the Los Angeles Convention Center. And then it created its zany Devolver Direct online press event (which was really just a silly […]

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Check Point Research: Origin patches flaw that could have exposed millions of player accounts

Electronic Arts appears to have dodged a cybersecurity bullet that could have resulted in the takeover of millions of players of accounts for its Origin online gaming service. Check Point Research and CyberInt investigated a chain of vulnerabilities that, once exploited, could have exposed the user accounts. They informed EA of the problem, and the […]

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How Cornelia Geppert’s Sea of Solitude expresses her battle with loneliness

With Sea of Solitude, Electronic Arts is releasing a very different kind of video game through its EA Originals program. It comes from German game developer Jo-Mei Games, and it tells an intimate story about a young woman’s emotional journey to overcome loneliness. I saw the game at the EA Play event in Hollywood, in […]

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Battlefield V: Breaking down the EA Play news from E3

DICE showed off the latest Tides of War content update for Battlefield V at the EA Play event ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the big game trade show that’s happening in Los Angeles this week. Battlefield V’s Chapter 4: Defying the Odds features a variety of new maps starting with Marita, which launches […]

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Apex Legends and Anthem: What EA chief of studios Laura Miele learned from two launches

A year ago, Laura Miele moved from head of global publishing at Electronic Arts to chief studios officer at the video game giant. She is in charge of EA’s global collection of 20 studios with thousands of game developers at places like EA Tiburon, BioWare, Respawn, and DICE. Those studios create games that generate billions […]

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order interview — How Respawn designed the game for thoughtful combat

Jedi Knights aren’t known for simple brute force. And that’s one reason why the combat in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order — which Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment showed off yesterday in Hollywood — is slower paced and more thoughtful than your average shooter. The action-adventure game debuts on November 15 on PlayStation 4, Xbox […]

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EA adds indie games RustHeart, Lost in Random, and new Hazelight project to Originals label

Electronic Arts is continuing to expand its partnerships with indie developers. Today, the publisher revealed that it’s adding three new games to its EA Originals program: RustHeart, Lost in Random, and a new game from A Way Out developer Hazelight Studios. The news came from a small panel EA hosted during its EA Play fan […]

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Battlefield V gets new maps and more in Chapter 4

Battlefield V is about to move into Chapter 4 of its ongoing free updates. And developer DICE detailed what fans have to look forward to as part of the EA Play event that leads into E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo). That big content drop is coming June 27, and it is going to bring some significant […]

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