Tag: Electronic Arts

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order — The beginning of a compelling journey

I have begun my journey as a padawan. And it’s fun. I’ve played the beginning of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, the new video game from Respawn Entertainment and Electronic Arts. I’ve been looking forward to this game for a while, and the beginning of the journey doesn’t disappoint. It starts in the middle of […]

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Star Wars + Fortnite event brings Jedi: Fallen Order to Epic’s shooter

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is out now on Steam and consoles. But it’s also coming to the Epic Games Store. This announcement comes as part of a surprise Fortnite event that brings the Star Wars universe to Epic’s battle royale shooter. Around the time that Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order launched, a Star Destroyer ship […]

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order review — A series-defining adventure

I don’t get my hopes up for a lot these days. I’m busy with a ton of responsibilities, and I’ve found that setting high expectations is rarely worth the effort. It’s more efficient to let things pleasantly surprise you. But that strategy didn’t work for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. The latest game from Respawn […]

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Xbox Game Pass gets flood of new games, EA Access, and more

If it wasn’t clear already, Microsoft really wants you to give Xbox Game Pass a try. To ensure you consider jumping aboard this holiday, the company overloaded the pot with sweetener at its X019 event in London today. Game Pass is getting over 50 new games. And the $15-per-month Ultimate tier starts at $1 for […]

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EA CEO: Big changes and lineup additions in store over next couple of years

Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson said that the massive game publisher is planning to expand its lineup of titles in the next couple of years in an analyst call today. Wilson said on the call that EA had decided to postpone its NBA Live game for the fiscal year that ends March 31, 2020. Instead, […]

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EA puts Battlefield on ice until at least April 2021

Don’t expect a new Battlefield game for a couple years, as Electronic Arts noted in a conference call for its fiscal earnings today that the series is going to be taking a break. EA said that there won’t be a new Battlefield until fiscal year 2022, which starts on March 31, 2021. In the meantime, […]

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Electronic Arts: ‘We are doubling-down on live services’

You may think that the world already has too many live-service games, but that is still where Electronic Arts is putting its investment. The publisher confirmed that today as part of the executive remarks in its quarterly earnings statement. EA reported strong results for Q2 of its fiscal 2020. Total net revenues were $1.348 billion, […]

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EA reports strong quarterly results on Apex Legends, FIFA, and Madden growth

Electronic Arts reported earnings that hit expectations for the second fiscal quarter ended September 30, thanks to strong games like Apex Legends, FIFA 20, and Madden NFL 20. EA reported adjusted earnings per share of 97 cents on revenue of $1.277 million. That compares to analyst expectations of adjust EPS of 80 cents on revenue […]

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Apex Legends passes 70 million players

Apex Legends has seen 70 million players since its launch in February. Electronic Arts revealed the milestone today during its earnings report. The battle royale shooter had a surprise launch on February 4 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The game is from Respawn Entertainment and takes place in its Titanfall universe, but it […]

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Why Electronic Arts games are coming back to Steam (probably)

Electronic Arts is probably going to announce soon that it is bringing its games back to the Steam PC gaming portal. Last week, the Madden and Battlefield publisher posted a teaser on Twitter. The video shows an EA coffee mug with steam coming off the top. And since then, some more evidence points to EA […]

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Jedi: Fallen Order — The satisfaction of creating new Star Wars canon

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is an impressive action game with an impressive focus on exploration, but it’s also a new Star Wars story. It has some familiar faces (like Saw Gerrera from Rogue One, Clone Wars, and Rebels) and places (like the Wookiee home world of Kashyyyk, which we’ve seen in Revenge of the […]

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Jedi: Fallen Order hands-on — This is the Star Wars adventure that you’re looking for

We’ve had a lot of Star Wars action games that focus on the power fantasy of being a Jedi, such as Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and The Force Unleashed. I mean, it’s not like I expect someone to make a game about a Corellian baker or something. But at first glance, Respawn’s Star Wars […]

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What a long name says about the reality of mainstream esports

Electronic Arts and FIFA announced this week the EA Sports FIFA 20 Global Series Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup. I spoke with Todd Sitrin, senior vice president for competitive gaming at EA, about it. I joked it was the longest name of an event I had ever seen. A very corporate name, meant to […]

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The DeanBeat: How esports is growing for real and the brands are diving in

Esports has been branded as a bunch of hype. But brands seem to have no choice but to dive in as they seek out the elusive millennial audiences who aren’t using traditional media. All year, I’ve been covering esports startups raising a lot of money, for everything from global teams to data analytics. Esports teams […]

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Apex Legends is getting a new map and character for Season 3

Developer Respawn announced today that it is launching a new map for its battle royale shooter Apex Legends. The studio will roll out this new environment at the start of the game’s Season 3 content, which begins October 1. Season 3 is Respawn’s biggest attempt to shake up Apex Legends since launching it in February. […]

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How Respawn is creating Medal of Honor in VR for the Oculus Rift

Three years ago, Respawn Entertainment began making a new Medal of Honor first-person shooter set in World War II. The team included developers who had worked on the original video game nearly two decades earlier, and they wanted to bring it back. And thanks to a couple of deals, Medal of Honor is coming back […]

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The DeanBeat: After all these years, Hollywood still doesn’t get games

NBCUniversal made a big mistake this week by deciding to shut down the game publishing business that Chris Heatherly spent almost three years building. It was a work in progress, and the payoff from that investment would happen in the future, maybe in a couple of years. Instead, the strategic plan to internally publish games […]

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EA’s Madden NFL 20 documentary debuts today on The CW

The CW Network, Electronic Arts, and the National Football League (NFL) announced the premiere of a one-hour primetime esports special, the EA Sports Madden NFL 20 Classic, will be airing today at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific on the CW. The Madden NFL 20 Classic (presented by Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew) was the largest tournament in Madden […]

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EA launches cloud gaming technical trial

Ken Moss, chief technology officer at Electronic Arts, announced today that the company has begun a technical trial for a cloud gaming service. In launching the trial of the service, EA is joining the bandwagon for cloud gaming, which Google has been evangelizing in advance of its Stadia service launching in November. “The collective enthusiasm […]

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Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville hands-on — It’s time for cute combat

Close to the 10th anniversary of the zany Plants vs. Zombies, Electronic Arts is launching a new game in the series: Plants vs. Zombies: The Battle for Neighborville. Yes, there will be zombies on your lawn again. I played the game at the recent Gamescom fan event in Cologne, Germany, and it brings back some […]

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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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