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Electronic Arts

EA wants you to trust it, PC gamers


'We are on a journey'
Jan 29
// Vikki Blake
EA is on a mission. "We are on a journey to regain the trust of the PC gamer,” said Peter O’Reilly, senior marketing director for Origin.  “Over the last couple of years we have focused on ensuring a gr...
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EA

The new Mass Effect, Titanfall, and Battlefield games will be released by March 2017


Announcing... Mass Titanfield!
Jan 29
// Joe Parlock
Looks like EA is in for a busy year, because we’re getting the new Mass Effect, Titanfall, and Battlefield games sooner than you might’ve thought. According to EA’s Q3 financial report, the company is planni...
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EA

EA is skipping an E3 booth this year, hosting 'EA Play' event instead


Ok
Jan 27
// Chris Carter
As time went on, certain players opt to skip out on E3. Blizzard has BlizzCon. Now, EA has "EA Play." Instead of hosting a typical E3 booth this year, EA will have a special engagement from June 12-14 at the Nokia Theater in ...
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Electronic Arts

EA's Origin Access available now in Europe


Will you be signing up?
Jan 27
// Vikki Blake
The PC variation of EA's subscription service, Origin Access, is now available in Europe. The service rolled out across North America on January 12, but only now has reached European shores.  If you're familiar wit...
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Microtransactions

Teen who spent $8K on FIFA microtransactions refunded


I'm genuinely surprised
Jan 25
// Jordan Devore
Steven recently covered a wild story about a man, Lance Perkins, who was shocked to learn that his 17-year-old son had racked up $7,625 in FIFA microtransactions. A few updates on that front. As it turns out, the damage was e...
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Electronic Arts

We're not just a 'corporate beast,' says EA CEO


'That's not what we're trying to do'
Jan 21
// Vikki Blake
Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson assured attendees at a recent conference that the publisher was not just a money-hungry "corporate beast." Talking at the B.C. Tech Summit (via Vancouver 24 Hrs), Wilson acknowledged that the...
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UFC 2

Mike Tyson probably needs money so he's in the new UFC game


The Baddest Man
Jan 20
// Brett Makedonski
It's well-known that Mike Tyson, once a highly paid athlete, has squandered almost all of the money he earned during his career. He's a monetary shell of what he once was. Iron Mike has taken to the likes of exhibition matche...
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EA Access trial

Play free EA games with Xbox Live Gold next week


Complimentary EA Access January 19-24
Jan 15
// Steven Hansen
Electronic Arts has a subscription program -- EA Access -- that allows you to play from a catalog of games for a flat fee every month. EA recently launched the previously Xbox One exclusive service on PC and rebranded it as O...

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is off to a great start, based on the beta

Jan 15 // Chris Carter
The biggest change I noticed immediately was the hub world, which the game grants you access to right from the start. It essentially consists of two giant bases (one for Plants, the other for Zombies), with a giant battlefield in the middle. Right now in the beta quests aren't enabled, but it was fun to just roam around in, as there's plenty of canon fodder to destroy and new areas to discover. Players can level-up in the hub it seems, breaking up some of the monotony of playing online over and over. You can also instantly switch allegiances and see how the other side lives. I'm hopeful for this element of the game in the finished version. In terms of the new classes, I'm rather impressed. Each army has three new playstyles, all of which add their own unique imprint to the metagame. On the Plant side I really enjoyed the Rose, which functions as a mage archetype, complete with a polymorph spell. The Citron, a tank-like character is a real game-changer with its shield, which can block sniper shots with ease for both you and your party. Kernel Corn is a bruiser of sorts, with limited mobility and the power to call in airstrikes. The Zombies have a lot of utility as well with the Imp, who is fast and fragile, but dual wields pistols and can call in the devastating mech power-up. Captain Deadbeard suits the Zombie playstyle just fine as a wildcard, who is more of a jack of all trades/master of none type deal, with long and short range abilities. Super Brainz is probably the wackiest of them all though, as he's a melee character that's seemingly based off of Bizarro with a host of different moves, including a hadoken. Of course, all the old favorites return, with four variants for every character, including the new classes. While microtransactions are in at launch this time (they weren't in the first game, but were added later), they seem to be par for the course, which basically means you can ignore them. Players will be able to buy coins for real cash, but those coins are handily awarded by playing the game, and according to EA "nothing you can't earn can be bought." The beta kicked off as of yesterday, and you can join in on the festivities until January 18. It's limited to just multiplayer and several modes, but the finished version will bring back the wave-based "Garden Ops" mode, as well as split-screen for "all game modes," as well as the ability for the second player to earn their own upgrades on their account. Barring a tiny amount of lag in a few of my matches, things seem to be going very smoothly.
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Plants or Zombies
It's a damn shame that Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare wasn't more popular. I mean, it did well enough for EA to greenlight a sequel, but many of my friends weren't keen on it because it looked too silly. Little did t...

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Unravel

Unravel is out next month, but you can get your hands on Yarny today


Step-by-step adorableness
Jan 13
// Alissa McAloon
If you're a fan of Unravel's excessively cute protagonist Yarny, and why wouldn't you be, now could be your chance to get a yarn companion of your very own. Thanks to a short step-by-step demonstration by the game's crea...
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EA Access

EA Access is available on PC now too


Origin Access
Jan 12
// Brett Makedonski
EA Access, the subscription service to lease certain Electronic Arts games, is no longer exclusive to the Xbox One. It's now available on PC as well, but rebranded to "Origin Access." Despite the name change, Origin Access lo...
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Huge FIFA bill

Man swears off Xbox after son spends $8,000 on FIFA microtransactions


I'd be swearing, too
Jan 11
// Steven Hansen
It's not just Kanye who hates microtransactions. Canada's Lance Perkins is upset after his 17-year-old son unwittingly charged $7,625.88 in FIFA microtransactions to the credit card he was granted for emergencies and family p...
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NCAA Football

EA got NCAA Football fans' hopes up just to dash them


Someone's being a dick
Jan 11
// Brett Makedonski
Facebook fans of the EA NCAA Football franchise were treated to a seemingly ominous message this morning. The page, which has been inactive for 18 months, posted a three-second clip of a heart monitor beeping. Many took ...
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Hardline Getaway DLC

Battlefield Hardline gets Getaway DLC, if anyone's playing


Don't ax me no questions
Jan 07
// Steven Hansen
Sure, everyone's busying themselves on Battlefield: Star Wars, who wants to mess with a year-old, Visceral-developed Battlefield Hardline? Some people, maybe, as EA's Night at the Roxbury is still getting support. The Getawa...
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Unravel

Unravel's Yarny came from the ideas of love and connectedness


And a camping trip, specifically
Jan 07
// Darren Nakamura
We've been pretty enamored with the feels-like-an-indie-but-is-actually-EA-published puzzle platformer since we first saw it last year. At the time, director Martin Sahlin got up on stage and talked about his inspiration for ...
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Star Wars Battlefront

Recent Star Wars games generate over $1 billion in sales


What a shock, said no one ever
Jan 04
// Vikki Blake
Star Wars Battlefront is thought to have sold six million units since its launch in November 2015. In an interview to Fortune, analysts estimated how recent Star Wars releases are performing, including Battlefront and Di...
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Battlefront TFA

Battlefront probably isn't getting any content from The Force Awakens


Damn, I wanted one of the new X-Wings
Dec 24
// Nic Rowen
While it would already seem like EA missed the boat if they were planning on adding anything based on The Force Awakens to Battlefront, a recent tweet put the final nail in that space coffin. Responding to a Twitter user aski...
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Star Wars

Star Wars: Battlefront II was originally supposed to be a multiplayer-only game


Eventually changed to add a campaign
Dec 24
// Chris Carter
Lots of folks out there have complained about recent efforts to drop campaigns from games (Titanfall, Rainbox Six Siege), but as Did You Know Gaming points out, the concept was actually rather old. Star Wars: Battlefron...
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Deals

Star Wars Battlefront 33% off on Origin as Force Awakens nears


It's totally selling well, says EA
Dec 15
// Dealzon
What will you be doing this weekend? EA is hoping some of you will watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens and then follow the hype train straight to Star Wars Battlefront. From now until December 21 at 10 AM Pacific, both the Sta...
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Battlefield

Battlefield 4 The Legacy Operations DLC out today


EA rolls out new patch
Dec 15
// Vikki Blake
The latest Battlefield 4 patch rolls out today. Consequently, the multiplayer servers will be offline for up to an hour on each platform. The PC version rolls out at 08.00 UTC, PlayStation 4 09.00 UTC, Xbox One 10.00 UTC, Pla...
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Unravel

Unravel looks like a wonderful platforming adventure


Releasing Feb. 9 on PC, PS4, Xbox One
Dec 14
// Jordan Devore
Unravel is probably on your radar by now, but if it isn't, I've got a trailer for you! This is a puzzle-platform game from Coldwood Interactive and EA about a tiny yarn character who ventures out into the big wide world. Yarn...
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Battlefield

DICE reveals what game it's working on next


Some team members remain on Battlefront
Dec 14
// Vikki Blake
Development director Dan Vanderlind has confirmed that DICE is working on an all-new Battlefield game. Though he didn't go into the details of what the new project entails, he did confirm that though some team members are staying on to continue working on Star Wars Battlefront, he has moved onto the next Battlefield instalment.  What are you hoping to see in the next Battlefield?
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Plants vs. Zombies

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is still looking pretty rad


I'm so in after the first game
Dec 11
// Chris Carter
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare was an amazing shooter, and I wish more people had given it a shot. Sure, EA is EA, and they added in microtransactions after release, but the game was incredibly fun to play, well designed...
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Electronic Arts

EA announces new Competitive Gaming Division


'Competition runs deep in the DNA of EA'
Dec 11
// Vikki Blake
Electronic Arts has announced that it is launching a new Competitive Gaming Division (CGD). The new team will be led by EA's former COO, Peter Moore, who's switching to a new role as executive vice president and chief competi...
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Star Wars Battlefront

Star Wars Battlefront's Jakku DLC is now out for all for free


It's okay
Dec 09
// Chris Carter
If you didn't pre-order Star Wars Battlefront, you can now download the Battle of Jakku DLC, which comes with a new map and several modes. There are still four more DLC packs coming, which will be a bit more substantial and p...
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Star Wars Battlefront

EA admits Battlefront 'may not have the depth' you want in the game


EA designed it to be 'accessible'
Dec 07
// Vikki Blake
Electronic Arts' CFO Blake Jorgensen admitted Star Wars Battlefront's "accessible" design "may not have the depth [hardcore players] wanted in the game." Talking at the Nasdaq Investor Conference in Europe ...
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Star Wars Battlefront

EA: 'There is no weakness' in Star Wars Battlefront sales


Shots fired
Dec 03
// Vikki Blake
Electronic Arts was "a little bit" surprised by GameStop's comments that Star Wars Battlefront had "underperformed." As reported by Eurogamer, talking to investors, GameStop executive Tony Bartel stated that three r...
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Star Wars

Star Wars Battlefront's Jakku DLC looks like a good start


Casualties aplenty
Nov 30
// Jordan Devore
The first wave of free Star Wars Battlefront DLC debuts tomorrow for players who pre-ordered the game, while everyone else can get it a week later on December 8. As we've heard a few times now, the Battle of Jakku is made up ...
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Star Wars Battlefront

Breaking Benjamin frontman hates Star Wars Battlefront


He seems like a reasonable man
Nov 30
// Mike Cosimano
Within the first thirty seconds of the video linked below, Breaking Benjamin founder Benjamin Burnley admits to punching his Xbox One to the point where there is damage visible on the console. This comes on the heels of a muc...
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Battlefront

There will be more free DLC for Star Wars Battlefront in the future


Alongside the season pass content
Nov 25
// Joe Parlock
After launching with no single-player content and only 12 multiplayer maps, EA has announced what sort of things to expect from Star Wars Battlefront’s coming DLC. The first bit of new content will be the free Battle of...

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