EA Games - News

September2012

  • News BioWare Co-Founders Quit Video Game Industry for Good

    What's up, doc?

    Affable executives Greg Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka have announced their departure from BioWare – and the games industry in general. The duo co-founded the company in 1995 after graduating from medical school. In an honest blog post aimed at fans, Zeschuk explained that his lust for games had waned: "After nearly twenty years working...

  • News EA Unceremoniously Announces Dragon Age III: Inquisition

    Oh

    It’s probably telling that Dragon Age III: Inquisition’s announcement flew straight over our heads. We spend all day, everyday scouting out the best PlayStation 3 news – but this announcement didn’t come with the fervour that typically accompanies a big sequel reveal. “More Dragon Age?” pondered drowsy voices around the Push Square...

  • News A Ridiculous Amount of People Have Played FIFA 13's Demo

    Back of the net

    If you live in North America, you might be shielded from the popularity of football (or soccer as it’s more commonly known on your shores) – but make no mistake, it’s a religion in some parts of the world. That’s evidenced by the sheer amount of gamers that hurried to download FIFA 13’s demo, which released on PSN earlier...

  • News Watch 8 Minutes of Brutal Medal of Honor: Warfighter Gameplay

    Light 'em up

    This eight minute Medal of Honor: Warfighter trailer is supposedly based on real-world events – but we’re struggling to believe that life in the military is quite so action-packed. The video shows a group of Tier 1 Operatives infiltrating an Abu Sayyaf stronghold – and leaving a breadcrumb trail of burnt out helicopters in their...

  • News Insomniac Games Lights Up First Fuse Trailer

    Hmm

    We adore Insomniac Games, but we can’t seem to muster much enthusiasm about its latest project, Fuse. It’s not the game’s multiplatform status that’s getting us down – moreover it’s the title’s complete lack of identity. As this debut trailer demonstrates, the third-person shooter couldn’t possibly look any more soulless. We...

  • News Medal of Honor: Warfighter DLC Promotes Controversial Movie

    On the hunt

    Medal of Honor: Warfighter may be struggling to secure headlines on its own terms – but its collaboration with controversial Sony Pictures flick Zero Dark Thirty was always going to be a sure fire hit. For the uninitiated, the aforementioned movie attempts to recreate the real-life search for Osama Bin Laden. In the game, it will be...

  • News FIFA 13 Demo Dribbles onto the PlayStation Store This Week

    Annual obsession

    England’s World Cup qualifier against Ukraine isn’t the only noteworthy football-related event set to take place tomorrow evening – publisher EA Games has also announced that it will be launching a FIFA 13 demo on the PlayStation Store between 22:00PM and 02:00AM UK time. The demo will include AC Milan, Arsenal, Borussia...

August2012

  • News Insomniac Games' Overstrike Becomes Fuse

    Amped up

    Insomniac Games has renamed its debut multiplatform project to Fuse. The title – which debuted at last year’s E3 as Overstrike – has been overhauled since its initial unveiling. A new screenshot is embedded to the right. Gaffer Ted Price confirmed the news during a PAX Prime keynote earlier today. He pointed attendees to Fuse’s...

  • News DICE Issues Battlefield 3: Armored Kill DLC Release Date

    Ready for deployment

    PlayStation 3 owners will get the first opportunity to cut through Battlefield 3’s upcoming Armored Kill expansion pack. The content – which includes several new vehicles and a handful of maps – will hit the PlayStation Store on 4th September for Premium members. Vanilla players will be able to join the action on 18th...

  • News Mass Effect 3: Leviathan Trailer Takes a Dip

    Under the sea

    BioWare sure knows how to put together a good Mass Effect 3 trailer. We didn’t have a whole lot of interest in the title’s upcoming Leviathan expansion pack, until we saw this short video which shows protagonist Commander Shepard taking a trip beneath the ocean. The content’s due out on 28th August. Let us know if you're going...

  • News DICE Quadruples Official Battlefield 3 Server Count

    Big ears

    DICE has listened to the complaints of Battlefield 3’s rabid fanbase – and deployed a bunch more official servers as a result. Quick matches will still drop you into the first available server – rented or otherwise – but if you input the word “DICE” when searching, you’ll be able to locate all of the official lobbies...

  • News DICE Deploys Double XP for Battlefield 3 Subscribers

    Double down

    DICE has announced an exclusive double XP weekend for Battlefield 3 Premium subscribers. The promotion’s set to run from 25th August until 26th August, but if you do some viral marketing for publisher EA you’ll be able to unlock some extra time. There’s more information available on the Battlefield Blog, which you can find through...

  • Rumour PopCap Games Struck By International Layoffs

    Hmm

    It looks like yesterday’s hastily prepared Plants vs. Zombies 2 announcement may have been cover for some more sinister happenings at PopCap Games. The Bejeweled developer has been struck by a series of international layoffs, according to comments made by Duke Nukem creator George Broussard. Apparently, the company's entire Dublin studio has...

  • News New Cover Stars Line Up for FIFA 13

    Rooney on the bench

    Manchester United and England talisman Wayne Rooney has been dropped from the UK cover of FIFA 13. It’ll be the first time in seven years that a FIFA game has launched without the striker on the box. Instead, he’ll be replaced by Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, Manchester City keeper Joe Hart, and, er, Arsenal winger Alex..

  • Reaction Criterion's Setting an Example to All Vita Developers

    Doing it properly

    Criterion’s enthusiasm is infectious. “We’re going to make the best racing game on Vita this year,” an excitable Alex Ward told IGN last week. And judging from the reaction to Need for Speed: Most Wanted's first showing, it’s going to take some beating. Unlike the vast majority of other developers, the Guildford-based...

  • News Plants vs. Zombies Sequel Grows onto Consoles Next Year

    Over the prune

    Quirky tower defence smash hit Plants vs. Zombies is getting a follow-up next year, developer PopCap Games has announced. The studio is currently sprinkling Miracle-Gro onto the secretive sequel, but couldn’t resist confirming the exciting news. The game will feature more plant and zombie types than ever before. It’ll also boast...

  • News EA Announces Impressive Eurogamer Expo Line-up

    In the game

    The Eurogamer Expo is quickly becoming the hottest ticket in town – and it’s about to get a whole lot hotter. Publisher EA Games has announced its intent to crank up the temperature with a slew of playable PS3 titles, including FIFA 13, Need for Speed: Most Wanted and Dead Space 3. There’ll also be a side order of Medal of Honor:...

  • News EA's Frank Gibeau Has Seen the PlayStation 4

    Lucky chap

    Privileged EA Labels president Frank Gibeau has set his eyes upon the PlayStation 4. The outspoken executive announced the news during an otherwise laborious GamesCom keynote about free-to-play business models and, ahem, Command & Conquer. No doubt he needed a means to attract the attending audience’s wandering attention...

  • News Criterion's Developing Need for Speed: Most Wanted for Vita

    Uncompromised port

    Need for Speed: Most Wanted on the PlayStation Vita is a direct port of the PS3 game, developer Criterion has announced. Normally that would sound like a derogatory statement – but in this instance, it’s an incredibly impressive feat. “Everything from the ‘TV game’ is here on the small screen,” Criterion’s Alex Ward...

  • News Mass Effect 3's Leviathan Emerges on 28th August

    Reaper the rewards

    Mass Effect 3’s first proper single-player DLC will jet off on 28th August in North America, developer BioWare has announced. European players will be forced to wait until 29th August to get their hands on the content. The expansion pack promises to extend the space opera’s single-player campaign, setting protagonist Shepard...

  • News EA Considering Cross Buy for Need for Speed: Most Wanted

    Yes, please

    EA Games has revealed that it's considering taking advantage of Sony’s recently revealed cross buy initiative for Need for Speed: Most Wanted. If adopted, the scheme will allow players to purchase the PS3 and Vita versions of the racer for a single fee. Naturally, we’re on board with this idea. “We’re taking it under...

  • News Battlefield 3 Premium Edition Deploys This September

    Locked and loaded

    EA’s firing an updated version of Battlefield 3 onto store shelves next month. The imaginatively titled Battlefield 3 Premium Edition will include the original game, in addition to a Premium Subscription which grants free access to the title’s various DLC packs. The Premium Edition will also include a “Multiplayer Head Start...

  • News Dead Space 3 Spooks PS3 on 5th February

    Hide behind the sofa

    Dead Space 3 will shuffle onto PlayStation 3 on 5th February in North America, publisher EA announced during its GamesCom press conference this afternoon. A European release will follow on 8th February. Those that pre-order the title from participating retailers will automatically be upgraded to the Dead Space 3 Limited...

  • News Beautiful Crysis 3 CryEngine 3 Tech Demo Unveiled

    Featuring a truly magnificent toad

    A new trailer for Crysis 3 has emerged, showing off the amazingly detailed CryEngine 3. Crytech has used the trailer to point out some of CryEngine's effects such as "tessellated vegetation", "dynamic water volume caustics", "unlimited particle effects lighting" and "top secret tessellated toad tech". And believe...

  • News Battlefield 4 Sticking with Modern Warfare

    Zzzz

    Battlefield 4 will take place in modern times, DICE has confirmed. Specific details about the sequel are being kept under wraps for the time being, but general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson did confirm the time period during a GDC Europe panel earlier today. "We still want to stay in this genre, the modern day as it is. We feel this is a place...

  • News Battlefield Franchise Celebrates Tenth Anniversary Today

    Happy birthday to you

    Swedish developer DICE is dusting off the party poppers and scoffing down the pink wafer biscuits as we speak: the studio is not only celebrating its 20th year in business, but also the 10th anniversary of its Battlefield franchise. Chatting at GDC Europe, general manager Karl Magnus Troedsson revealed that the first-person...

  • News Need for Speed: Most Wanted Trailer Teases Multiplayer Reveal

    Gearing up

    If 25-second trailers are your thing, this brand new Need for Speed: Most Wanted teaser should get you all hot under the collar. The animated short promises to fully expose the racer's multiplayer component at GamesCom next week – and that’s pretty much the sum of its contents. We suppose you could say that the video's designed to...

  • News July NPD: NCAA Football '13 Sprints Straight to the Top

    Industry woes continue, though

    July proved to be another desperately disappointing month for physical video game sales in North America. Overall sales in the retail sector dropped by 20 percent year over year – bringing in just $548.4 million compared to $686.3 million the year prior. Hardware sales dwindled by as much as 32 percent, with a 23...

  • Rumour Plants vs. Zombies Shooter in Development

    What?

    Plants vs. Zombies may be known for its light hearted take on tower defence, but publisher EA is looking to transform the franchise into a shooter. A report by video game sleuth Superannuation notes that Need for Speed: The Run developer EA Black Box is working on the console conversion. A job listing on the developer’s website offers an...

  • News EA Teases Competitive Multiplayer Mode for SSX

    Head to head

    It looks like a competitive multiplayer mode is sliding into SSX, even though publisher EA is taking forever to confirm it. The company released a teaser trailer for the “classified” mode over the weekend, showing at least five snowboarders diving out of the game’s starting helicopter at the same time. EA’s SSX reboot currently...

  • News There's Also a New Weapons Pack Firing into Mass Effect 3

    Posh pieces

    The focus may have been on Mass Effect 3’s new single-player DLC during EA’s Summer Showcase last night, but developer BioWare’s also got some fresh new weapons in the pipeline. The no-nonsense Firefight Pack will augment your intergalactic arsenal with "two powerful new weapons and five bonus weapons" for use in Shepard’s...

  • News New Mass Effect 3 DLC Explores the Reapers' Origins

    Liara you excited?

    As promised, EA has revealed the first details about Mass Effect 3’s first full DLC expansion pack. Dubbed Leviathan, the single-player add-on promises to expand upon the events of the main campaign with “gripping and emotional storytelling, compelling new characters, powerful weapons and unique upgrades”. By playing the...

  • News Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel Explodes onto PS3 in March

    True bromance

    Hours ahead of its annual Summer Showcase, EA has officially announced Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel for PlayStation 3. The Visceral Games Montreal developed sequel aims to re-imagine the occasionally juvenile franchise with a "more intense, mature, and grittier tone”. Powered by DICE’s stunning Frostbite 2 engine, the game...

  • News Look Out for a Mass Effect 3 Announcement Later Today

    T'Soni a few hours to wait

    Announcements of announcements – how do you like them? Publisher EA Games doesn’t care, as it’s promised to show something Mass Effect 3 related during its Summer Showcase event later today. What is it? We don’t know. The likeliest candidate is a new piece of single-player DLC, but we suppose anything’s...

  • News Dead Space 2 Spooks European PlayStation Plus Members

    Twinkle, twinkle

    While North American PlayStation Plus subscribers dive into the first two episodes of Telltale’s The Walking Dead series, European players will be offered an all expenses paid trip to the Sprawl. EA’s Dead Space 2 is this month’s primary Instant Game Collection update, replacing July's Deus Ex: Human Revolution. As well as...

  • News Battlefield 3 Premium Has Over 1.3 Million Subscribers

    Impressive numbers

    We thought the late announcement of Battlefield 3 Premium would seriously hinder its commercial impact, but it seems like the service has been a huge success for EA. Speaking at a financial conference overnight, the publisher revealed that the package has “over 1.3 million subscriptions”, which is a significant improvement...

July2012

  • News Analyst Predicts Challenges for Medal of Honor: Warfighter

    Been there, done that

    Interest in Medal of Honor: Warfighter is at an all time low. Despite the game looking decent, it feels like the market just doesn’t care – even publisher EA’s typically dominant PR cycle is half-hearted this year. As such, US analyst Doug Creutz has decided to slash the title’s projected sales estimates. He previously...

  • News New Need for Speed: Most Wanted Video Puts Its Foot Down

    Va-va-voom

    There’s very little we need to say about this brand new Need for Speed: Most Wanted gameplay trailer. It shows everything you’d expect it to – an expensive sports car blistering through the fair streets of, er, Fairhaven City, with a throng of police cars in hot pursuit. Admit it: you’re already sold, aren’t you? The game's due...

  • News Fourth Battlefield 3 DLC Pack Deals with Earthquake Aftermath

    On shaky ground

    Battlefield 3’s fourth DLC pack, Aftermath, will transport soldiers to the hazardous post-earthquake landscape of Tehran, publisher EA has announced. The add-on will feature four new maps set in the aforementioned location, alongside a bevy of new vehicles and a brand new game mode. There’ll also be a handful of new Trophies and...

  • News Mass Effect 3 Deploys Operation Overwatch This Weekend

    Loot pursuit

    If you’re one of the six people still actively engaged in Shepard’s war against the Reapers, you might be excited to learn that BioWare’s preparing another Bounty Weekend for Mass Effect 3. This time the developer wants you to aim for successful extractions on any difficulty with at least one Earth pack character in your squad...

  • News EA Keeps Mirror's Edge Sequel Dreams Alive

    Through the looking glass

    Here’s a bit of advice for you, EA: unless you’re actually going to make Mirror’s Edge 2, then please stop talking about it. Publishing executive Frank Gibeau is the latest suit to toy with our emotions, casually claiming that a sequel to DICE’s exceptional free-running adventure is “on the list”. Y’know, just...

  • News Mass Effect 3 Voice Actor Confirms Leviathan DLC

    Geth a load of that

    It turns out that the hackers who extracted hidden information about a character called Leviathan from the Extended Cut of Mass Effect 3 were right on the money. Chatting with Eurogamer.net, voice actor Anthony Skordi has confirmed that the Reaper is set to be introduced in an upcoming DLC pack. According to Skor

  • News New Medal of Honor: Warfighter Trailer Debuts Multiplayer

    Boom, boom, boom

    Take a moment to close your eyes and imagine what the multiplayer for Medal of Honor: Warfighter might look like. Done? Good, then you don’t need to watch the trailer below. We’re probably being a little bit harsh, but we’ve run out of things to say about first-person shooters these days. There’s no doubt the latest Medal...

  • News Battlefield 3 Dishes Out Double XP All Week

    Headshot heaven

    Remember those plans you made for this week? Cancel them. Publisher EA Games has announced another double XP event for Battlefield 3 – and this one’s set to run for an entire week. If you’re a Battlefield 3 Premium member, you’ll be able to earn extra bonuses for your in-game activities between now and 23:59PM PDT on 8th...

June2012

  • News Battlefield 3 Premium Exceeds 800,000 Subscriptions

    Splash damage

    More than 800,000 players signed up to Battlefield 3’s Premium subscription tier within two weeks of the package being available, EA has announced. Chatting with USA Today, EA Games chief Patrick Soderlund explained that the service had already exceeded the publisher’s expectations. “We are very pleased with the performance so...

  • Rumour Mass Effect 3 DLC Details Extracted from Extended Cut

    Between the lines

    It was only yesterday that Mass Effect 3 producer Mike Gamble teased the impending arrival of additional single-player DLC for the popular space opera. But rather than patiently wait for the developer to officially share additional information, hackers have taken it upon themselves to crack open the recently released Extended Cut...

  • News Mass Effect 3 Producer Teases Plenty More DLC

    Play beyond

    If you felt that Mass Effect 3’s recently released Extended Cut DLC wrapped things up nicely, then you might be keen to know what’s next the for the mammoth space adventure. Thankfully, producer Mike Gamble has taken to Twitter to confirm that there’s plenty more content on the horizon. Chatting on the micro-blogging website,...

  • News Criterion Takes the Wheel of the Need for Speed Franchise

    In control

    UK developer Criterion knows how to make a quality racing game, so it’s fitting that the studio has been handed the keys to the Need for Speed franchise. Following last year’s disappointing Need for Speed: The Run, the team has revealed that its “stamp’s going to be in everything you see in Need for Speed and Burnout going forward...

  • News Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut Concludes the Trilogy Next Week

    Deleted scenes

    Those of you offended by Mass Effect 3’s original conclusion will finally get closure next week, when the hotly anticipated Extended Cut DLC pack lands on the US PlayStation Store on 26th June. European players will have an additional week to prepare for the true ending, as the content will not arrive overseas until 4th July. The...

  • News Need for Speed Movie Races onto the Big Screen in 2014

    Fast and furious

    DreamWorks has snapped up the film rights to the Need for Speed franchise, and expects the racing series to make its theatrical debut in 2014. Siblings John and George Gatins have been drafted in to pen an original story, which is said to be loosely based upon the games but not a specific entry. EA will produce the movie alongside...

  • News Take a Gander at 20 Minutes of Dead Space 3 Gameplay

    Gears of war

    We’d hoped this 20 minute gameplay demonstration of Dead Space 3 would reveal some of the slower pacing that was absent at E3. Sadly it doesn’t. While there’s clearly some great shooting and set-pieces on display here, the tense atmosphere of the original Dead Space appears to have got lost like the mind of protagonist Isaac...

  • News Battlefield 3 Cranks Up the XP This Weekend

    Level up

    Fans of guns, tanks and explosions are in for a treat, as DICE has announced a double XP weekend for Battlefield 3. Those of you engaging in digital warfare anytime between now and 23:59PM PDT on Sunday will net additional points for your efforts. If you've got social plans, you can always tell your friends that you’re washing your hair...

  • News EA Targeting Five Million Sales for Dead Space 3

    Errr

    For many fans, Dead Space 3 already looks desperately disappointing. The tense, claustrophobic horror of its predecessors has been replaced by formulaic cover-based shooting. That’s because the game needs to hit a “larger audience” according to publisher EA. Chatting with CVG, publishing executive Frank Gibeau explained that a game like...

  • News Insomniac Taking "Extra Time" to Nail Overstrike's Gameplay

    In the oven

    One of the games conspicuously absent from this year’s E3 was Insomniac Games’ upcoming Overstrike. The four-player co-op shooter was announced at last year’s event under the EA Partners program, but has been hiding in the shadows ever since. Speaking with CVG, EA Labels gaffer Frank Gibeau explained that the delay was due to...

  • News EA Admits That Its Syndicate Reboot "Didn't Pay Off"

    Performance review

    If the real world of business was as ruthless as the fictional one in Syndicate, then EA’s Frank Gibeau wouldn’t have time to lament the poor performance of Starbreeze’s series reboot. Thankfully, it’s not, and the executive can openly acknowledge the fact that the first-person shooter didn’t quite live up to...

  • News Battlefield 3 Premium Trailer Lands Early

    Advanced assault

    EA just can’t seem to keep a secret this year. If it wasn’t enough that Battlefield 3 Premium was already leaked, the publisher’s now gone and uploaded the DLC’s trailer prematurely. Similarly to Call of Duty: Elite, Battlefield 3’s premium tier will grant you early access to all of the game’s DLC packs. In addition,...

  • News More Dead Space 3 Details Leak Ahead of E3

    Find a friend

    That errant issue of Game Informer magazine is causing a whole heap of misery, it seems. Not content with leaking Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation for PlayStation Vita, the publication’s also outed a handful of details pertaining to Dead Space 3. Then again, we suppose it’s par for the course for Visceral Games’ oft-leaked...

  • Rumour Medal of Honor: Warfighter Breaching Vita

    Pocket fighter

    Make sure you’ve got a pinch of salt handy, as French retailer CDiscount has listed a product page for Medal of Honor: Warfighter on PlayStation Vita. Interestingly, the online store is also taking pre-orders for a Need for S

  • News Battlefield 3: Armored Kill Attacks in September

    Suited and booted

    Another little snippet from EA this evening: the second Battlefield 3 expansion is set to release in September. Entitled Armored Kill, the DLC promises “all-out vehicle warfare on huge maps”. The first Battlefield 3 expansion, Close Quarters, is set to be released at some point this month, with a date likely to be announced...

  • News EA Confirms Need for Speed: Most Wanted for E3

    High stakes

    After weeks of speculation, EA has officially announced Need for Speed: Most Wanted. The racer is in development at UK studio Criterion, and is set to be revealed in much greater detail at next week’s E3. Platforms have yet to be announced, but Criterion recently posted a job listing for a Vita developer, prompting speculation that...

  • News EA Officially Acknowledges Dead Space 3

    At last

    EA has officially confirmed that the worst kept secret of E3, Dead Space 3, is an actual video game. Following a slew of leaks and rumours – including a set of screenshots – the publisher finally acknowledged the title overnight. It’s not willing to share any details just yet, but it promises all will be revealed during its E3 press...

May2012

  • News Leaked Dead Space 3 Screenshots Confirm Co-Op

    Never walk alone

    If you were hoping the heavily rumoured Dead Space 3 would make a claustrophobic return to the vacant corridors of the USG Ishimura, then prepare yourself for disappointment. A handful of leaked screenshots have all but confirmed co-op for the unannounced sequel. The shots show series protagonist Isaac Clarke accompanied by a...

  • News Battlefield 3 Goes Premium on 4th June

    Step your game up

    Despite not being officially announced by publisher EA, Sony has attached a 4th June release date to the heavily rumoured Battlefield 3 Premium. The platform holder listed the unannounced upgrade as part of today’s European PlayStation Store update. The download – which is poised to compete with Call of Duty: Elite – will...

  • Rumour Kingdoms of Amalur 2 Was in Pre-Production

    Bitter pill

    Those that have been paying close to attention to the video game industry over the past couple of weeks will no doubt be familiar with the closure of Big Huge Games. The developer behind the likeable Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning was forced to shut down last week following the emerging financial troubles of its parent company 38 Studios...

  • News Need for Speed: Most Wanted Races into Sight

    Schedule outs reboot

    A booth schedule released by Twitch TV has revealed the title of the next Need for Speed game. Like Hot Pursuit, EA looks set to revisit another classic subtitle – this time Need for Speed: Most Wanted, which was last used back in 2005. Apparently, the game is due out in November, and will be fully revealed

  • News Mass Effect 3 Rebels with Free DLC

    Out next week

    After the controversy surrounding Mass Effect 3’s conclusion, BioWare sure is making all the right moves with its fanbase. It has announced a brand new multiplayer expansion pack, set for release later this month on PS3. Brilliantly, assuming you’ve got an online pass for the title, the DLC will be totally free. Entitled the...

  • News New Medal of Honor Warfighter Trailer Explodes Online

    Firefight

    EA’s released the brand new Medal of Honor Warfighter trailer which debuted during last night’s dramatic Champions League final. The footage shows a familiar mix of explosions, military chatter and gunfire. Not exactly original, but at least the graphics look hot. Medal of Honor Warfighter releases in October on PlayStation 3...

  • News Medal of Honor Trailer Attacks Champions League

    Head to head

    EA’s not going to let Activision hog the spotlight on its own. Following on from yesterday’s Call of Duty: Black Ops II announcement, the publisher has revealed that it will debut its own brand new Medal of Honor Warfighter trailer during this weekend’s Champions League final. It’s like all out advertising warfare... in the...

  • News Battlefield: Bad Company 3, Mirror's Edge 2 Listed in CVs

    Loose lips

    It's proving difficult to escape resume rumours at the minute. The latest leaks come courtesy of a group of EA employees, who have accidentally lifted the lid on Battlefield: Bad Company 3 and Mirror’s Edge 2. One resume noted work on a video game prototype for the aforementioned Bad Company 3, while a former software engineer claimed...

  • News Criterion Working on PlayStation Vita Title

    Need for speed

    You didn’t think the PlayStation Vita release schedule was going to remain a barren wasteland forever did you? Good, because it looks like Burnout developer Criterion is readying a new title for the handheld. A new job listing posted by the British studio is in search of a software developer responsible for “optimising and tuning...

  • News DICE Deploys Double XP Weekend for Battlefield 3

    Attention

    Sharpen up soldier; it’s time to jump back into Battlefield 3. Developer DICE has announced a Double XP weekend for the first-person shooter, and it’s taking place right now. The action’s set to cease on May 13th at 23:59 PDT. We’ll let you do your own time conversions. During the premium period, you’ll be able to score extra...

  • News Mass Effect 3 Launches Operation Silencer on PS3

    Give 'em Drell

    The war against the Reapers, Cerberus and Geth never ends. Shortly after the completion of Operation Exorcist, developer BioWare has announced the next Mass Effect 3 Bounty Weekend. Taking place as we type, Operation Silencer sees the community tasked with the challenge of taking down a cumulative total of three million Banshees...

  • Rumour Dead Space 3 Includes Online Co-Op

    Find a friend

    If you were hoping the heavily rumoured Dead Space 3 would return to the isolation that defined the original title, it’s probably best to stop dreaming. Rumours spewing out of IGN overnight have hinted that the title will feature online drop-in/drop-out co-op. Hmm. Apparently the plot will be near identical depending on whether you...

April2012

  • News Multiplayer Events Finally Fire into Mass Effect 3 on PS3

    Omni-tool up

    “It’s no secret that the Reaper War has had its fair share of logistical SNAFUs,” said Admiral Hackett in a post published on the BioWare Blog this evening. The ordinarily stern military commander was taking time out from the Reaper invasion to make a joke about the PlayStation 3’s lack of Mass Effect 3 multiplayer events...

  • News Battlefield Developer Working on New IP

    Faith no more

    Battlefield 3 and Mirror’s Edge developer DICE has started work on a new IP. That’s according to the CV of script writer Adrian Vershinin, who previously worked at new Sony studio Superbot Entertainment. The EA owned outfit has been pretty quiet since the release of Battlefield 3 last year, opting to focus its attention on new DLC...

  • News Online Resume Lists Unannounced EA Titles

    Bring on E3

    Before we get down to business, let’s spare a thought for Jeremie Benhamou, who’s probably sitting looking sheepish in an EA office as we type. The game designer’s online resume has added credence to mounting rumours regarding the development of new Dead Space and Army of Two sequels. It’s not the first we’ve heard of either...

  • News Sony Aiming to Bring ME3 Multiplayer Events to PS3

    EDI peasy

    Up until now, Mass Effect 3 multiplayer events have been exclusive to the Xbox 360 and PC versions of the intergalactic RPG. But following some public finger-pointing from developer BioWare, Sony has said it is working hard to get the promotional weekends approved on PS3 too. A spokesperson told Shacknews: We are currently working togethe

  • News Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Flexes Its Commercial Muscles

    Cash is king

    New intellectual properties have it tough in today’s video game market, so it’s refreshing to see a title like Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning post impressive US sales. The EA published action RPG has sold 410k units since its launch in February, with a sizeable chunk of those sales coming from the month of March. NPD’s David Riley...

  • News First SSX DLC Gets Tricky on 1st May

    Run DLC

    EA is pushing the deadly descents of its PS3 SSX reboot to the background, as it prepares a new batch of DLC based on 2001’s SSX Tricky. Due for release on 1st May, the "Mt. Eddie & Classic Characters Bundle Pack" will feature a new ultra-long course inspired by the “huge kickers” and “ridiculous grinds” of classic...

  • News Crysis 3 Stomps onto PS3 Next Spring

    Act surprised

    The worst kept secret in games is a secret no more: EA has confirmed today that Crysis 3 will release on PS3 next spring. The game – touted as the “first blockbuster shooter of 2013” – is set to take place in New York once again. The plot will see the Prophet from Crysis 2 return to the North American city only to find it...

  • News Mass Effect 3 Sales Eclipse 1.3 Million in North America

    Geth a load of that

    Mass Effect 3 sold 1.3 million copies across multiple platforms in North America last month, the NPD has confirmed. The figure covers retail releases only, so digital downloads on the PlayStation Network (and EA’s own Origin) are not counted. As such, it’s safe to assume the true, ahem, Tali is significantly higher. To put...

  • News EA Hoping to Put Need for Speed Movie on the Starting Line

    Start your engines

    EA believes Need for Speed has the potential to be more than just a popular racing game, as it’s shopping around a script for a movie based on the high-speed franchise. Writing duo George and John Gatins are said to have penned the plot, which has supposedly got Paramount, Warner Bros and Sony interested in stumping up the cash...

  • News Crysis 3 to Switch Off Its Invisibility Cloak on 16th April

    Stepping out of the shadows

    After a series of leaks, EA has decided to stop being coy about the existence of Crysis 3. It sarcastically noted in a statement to Joystiq overnight: The best kept secret in shooters just can't be contained. Stay tuned for more information on April 16. Like its predecessor, the game will supposedly take place in New...

  • News Witness Multiple Explosions in New MoH Warfighter Trailer

    Boom

    Medal of Honor Warfighter’s not going to be quite as subtle as its predecessor if this brand new trailer’s anything to go by. The footage features plenty of gameplay from the main campaign, and mixes in a handful of explosions to keep you entertained. One thing’s for certain: it looks super pretty. The game’s running on DICE’s...

  • News Mass Effect 3 Patch Helps You to Reconnect with Old Friends

    Face it

    Commander Shepard will look like his (or her) old self next week when BioWare flips the switch on a new patch designed to fix Mass Effect 3’s curious face import issues. The patch – scheduled to take-off on 10th April – will also squash several game-crashing bugs and improve the overall online experience. You can peruse the full...

  • News Mass Effect 3 Resurges with Free DLC on 10th April

    Reaper the rewards

    Conversation may be fixated on Mass Effect 3’s controversial conclusion, but that’s not stopped BioWare from unveiling the title’s first multiplayer DLC. The Resurgence Pack – set for release on 10th April in North America and 11th April overseas – will inject a handful of new online content into the critically acclaimed...

  • News Extended Cut Brings Clarity to Mass Effect 3's Conclusion

    For free

    The “content initiatives” outlined in BioWare co-founder Ray Muzyka’s online outpouring have manifested themselves as the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut, due for release this Summer on PlayStation 3. The content – which pledges to bring clarity to the sequel’s controversial conclusion – will be available for free to everybody that...

  • News Sink Your Teeth into New Amalur DLC This Month

    Tasty

    Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is to get its second full expansion pack this month. Entitled the “Teeth of Naros” (really!), the additional content will see players exploring the titular realm where they will "encounter the Kollossae, a devout race of giants, and uncover the mysteries of their faith”. The DLC will feature a brand new...

March2012

  • News Battlefield 3 Patch Brings Server Rentals to PS3

    First for everything

    With ambitious titles such as DUST 514 on the horizon, Sony is really pushing the concept of PlayStation Network as an open network. The most recent example of that comes in the form of Battlefield 3’s latest patch, which will allow players to rent and maintain their own servers on PS3. Renting your own server will allow you...

  • News Mass Effect 3 Face Import Bug to be Fixed with Next Patch

    Shepard... is that you?

    Much of the appeal of the Mass Effect franchise comes from building up a character over the course of multiple games. So the fact that BioWare somehow managed to mess up the face import feature of Mass Effect 3 is, in our opinion, more unforgivable than the game’s disappointing ending. Thankfully, BioWare community...

  • News BioWare Seeking "Closure" for Mass Effect 3 Ending

    Under fire developer responds

    Earlier in the week we reported that fans had started a petition against Mass Effect 3’s disappointing conclusion. At the time of writing, the lobby had raised $66,000 for US charity Child’s Play. Since then that number has jumped by approximately $10,000, with an additional 600 players adding their name to the...

  • News EA Announces More Server Closures

    Online pass titles part of the cull

    It turns out that the money raised from online passes is not being put towards server maintenance after all. EA has basically squashed that theory by announcing that it is closing down the online portion of EA Sports MMA – a title which less than 18 months ago required an online pass for multiplayer gameplay. EA...

  • News BioWare Responds to Mass Effect 3 Backlash

    Unhappy endings

    Disgruntled Mass Effect fans have now raised over $66,000 for US charity Child’s Play regarding the ending of Mass Effect 3. The paid petition – which now has over 3,000 signatures – launched just under a week ago and has taken the video game industry by storm. The demand of its supporters is for BioWare to consider fleshing...

  • News There Was Almost a Mass Effect First-Person Shooter

    Don't tell NeoGAF

    BioWare fans need no excuse to lash out at their favourite developer – but they almost got one anyway. According to Geoff Keighley’s The Final Hours of Mass Effect 3, the developer was originally toying with the idea of releasing a standalone first-person shooter set in the Mass Effect universe. That game eventually became Mass...

  • News Mass Effect 3 Sells Nearly 900k Units in First 24 Hours

    Shepard's sailing high

    Looks like EA’s hard work promoting Mass Effect 3 has paid off pretty well for the publisher — reports spilling out of VentureBeat suggest that the RPG threequel sold a whopping 890k units in its first 24 hours on sale. That’s in the United States alone, by the way. It’s safe to assume that the title’s already...

  • News Battlefield 3: Close Quarters Announced for June

    Practice your CQC

    The second major Battlefield 3 DLC pack is due in June, DICE has announced. Entitled Close Quarters, the expansion will bundle four maps, 10 weapons and, sadly, no vehicles – we suppose the title was chosen for a reason. DICE also announced that the game will get two more packs beyond its June expansion: Armour Kill and End Game...

  • News Actor Accidentally Outs Army of Four

    Double date

    Speculation about Army of Four is nothing new. The hypothetical sequel to the surprisingly popular Army of Two series has been on the cards for as long as we can remember, but we might have finally gotten our first indication that the title is imminent. Stargate: Atlantis actor Joe Flanigan tweeted over the weekend: Just signed on to do...

  • News Mass Effect 3 Launch Trailer Takes Off

    Once more with feeling

    EA’s dropped a brand new Mass Effect 3 trailer ahead of next week’s release. The footage is suitably epic, packed with shooting, dialogue snippets and sex scenes. Oh don’t act so surprised — this is Mass Effect after all. Catch the trailer below, and feel the bitter burn of hype. Who’s excited?

February2012

  • News Mass Effect 3 Console Armour Comes with DLC

    Stretching EA's strategy

    Do you ever fear for your precious PlayStation 3? Are you worried it might get caught in the crossfire when the Reapers eventually arrive next month? Well worry not – EA’s got your console covered with this trendy set of armour based on Commander Shepard’s outfit from Mass Effect 3. Not only does the hub promise to...

  • News First Kingdoms of Amalur DLC Announced

    Kenan & Kel

    EA’s announced the first set of DLC for the recently released action RPG, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. The expansion – named The Legend of Dead Kel – will launch on 20th March on the PlayStation Network. The pack will include a new area equivalent to approximately 15% of the main game world. Elsewhere, the DLC promises new items,...

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