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7:16 AM on 08.13.2014

BioWare states that one complete playthrough of Dragon Age: Inquisition is 150 hours

Today at EA's gamescom press conference, BioWare's Aaryn Flynn talked a bit about how long Dragon Age: Inquisition would take to complete. The answer? If you did everything in one playthrough, it would take roughly 150 hours. Sounds like a lot, right? Well let me break that statement down based on my experiences with the game at a recent preview event.

Chris Carter



BioWare announces modern fantasy story-based 4 vs. 1 multiplayer RPG Shadow Realms photo
BioWare announces modern fantasy story-based 4 vs. 1 multiplayer RPG Shadow Realms
by Darren Nakamura

At the EA press conference today, BioWare announced its next project, Shadow Realms. Jeff Hickman, the Studio General Manager discussed its inspiration in old school pen and paper role-playing games, before elaborating on how that applies to the videogame.

Set in a "modern fantasy" world, the heroes form teams of four to do battle against the forces of the Shadow Lord, who controls a range of evil creatures. The result is an online role-playing game with asymmetric multiplayer.

Of course, BioWare throws in its own twist, where story remains a significant component of the gameplay. The studio plans to release content for Shadow Realms episodically, so the community can experience the progression of the story as it evolves together.

Shadow Realms is scheduled to release for PC "late next year," but it is currently playable at gamescom, and interested parties can sign up for the alpha at ShadowRealms.com.

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3:45 AM on 08.13.2014

Here's what EA thinks is worth a press conference

At the EA press conference earlier, Peter Moore stood on stage and showed off various modes in The Sims 4. None of that was important though. This is the most important piece of information to come from the presentation. Behold: buff, shirtless Peter Moore. You're welcome.

Darren Nakamura

7:10 AM on 08.12.2014

Xbox One gets a FIFA 15 bundle in Europe

Microsoft opened their gamescom press conference by reminding us that Germany won the World Cup. I didn't know that! Some soccer star is on stage and people are screaming, but I don't know who he is. So I thought it would be ...

Dale North

3:15 PM on 08.11.2014

We'll see: EA Access is now live on Xbox One

After a short beta test, Electronic Arts has launched its Xbox One subscription service EA Access. It's $4.99 per month or $29.99 a year and grants subscribers full access to games in the publisher's Vault which, to start off...

Jordan Devore

2:15 PM on 08.11.2014

Here's a look at what's happening at gamescom

We've already gotten the news from Activision's Call of Duty event earlier today but there's plenty of big things happening at gamescom this week. Here's an idea of when you're going to hear all the news from Microsoft, Sony,...

Alasdair Duncan



Battlefield 4 is free to play for a week on PC photo
Battlefield 4 is free to play for a week on PC
by Jordan Devore

EA is back with another Origin Game Time promotion following that one for Titanfall. Those of you on PC can claim a week of free access to Battlefield 4 -- just add the game to your Origin library before August 14. The clock doesn't start until you launch the title, at which point you'll then have one full week (168 hours) to play as much or as little as you'd like.

This offer includes full access to the single-player campaign (don't feel bad about skipping it) and multiplayer, and any progress you make will be retained should you choose to buy Battlefield 4 afterward. Pretty good way to get your fill without committing.

Tempted to log back in after a long absence. Maybe I'll stand a chance now.

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4:00 PM on 08.07.2014

EA vows that EA Access games will stay in the Vault permanently

EA Access already offers a certain level of value to consumers. The subscription-based program grants access to a library of EA games -- called the Vault -- without the need to buy the titles individually. Electronic Arts wil...

Brett Makedonski

3:00 AM on 08.07.2014

The Sims 4 'Weirder' series tells the story of an incredibly not weird man

EA made a video series called "Weirder Stories" to showcase the wacky lives of some theoretical citizens in the upcoming The Sims 4, and then literally made the most dull character it could. Cribbing from Dos Equis' "Most In...

Brett Makedonski







Wing Commander III is free on Origin photo
Wing Commander III is free on Origin
by Jordan Devore

The next free game in EA's On the House promo for Origin is the classic space combat sim Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger. Add it to your account and its yours to keep.

This is definitely something to check out for folks who are into Star Citizen and want to revisit Chris Roberts' past work. It's unquestionably dated -- the game originally released in 1994 and features full-motion video cut scenes -- but not so dated that it can be enjoyed today.

I mean, if nothing else, you'll get a kick out of seeing live-action Mark Hamill and Malcom McDowell.

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8:00 PM on 08.04.2014

Yep, The Sims 4 will support mods

The Sims 4 won't "include every single feature and piece of content we added to The Sims 3 over the last five years," according to its developers, but modding? Yeah, that's not going anywhere. Sims VIP has recapped details ou...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 08.04.2014

Kids are gonna open up Happy Meals to find NFL 15 toys soon

File this one under "news I never thought I'd hear." The last Happy Meal rotation saw a group of toys that you all probably thought I'd never shut up about, but the next set is even stranger. Yowling children zipping aro...

Brittany Vincent

1:30 PM on 08.04.2014

Just FYI: EA Access doesn't require Xbox Live Gold

I had assumed EA Access would require an active Xbox Live Gold membership to use given the way these things usually go but it turns out that's not the case. When the subscription service launches later this summer, it'll just...

Jordan Devore

1:15 PM on 08.04.2014

Xbox One Madden 15 bundle throws in a copy of the game for free

Madden 15 is getting a special Xbox One bundle for its August 26 release. Like any offensive lineman worth his salt, it's larger than average. However, unlike any all-star caliber player, it sort of comes at a discount. ...

Brett Makedonski

11:00 PM on 08.01.2014

Another EA closure: This is Ultima Forever's final month

Given that publisher Electronic Arts closed Mythic Entertainment earlier this year, it's not unexpected to hear that the free-to-play mobile RPG Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar will also be shut down soon. Once it closes...

Jordan Devore

9:00 PM on 07.31.2014

Another 'You've Been Chosen' teaser from BioWare

This second live-action teaser for BioWare's next game isn't as good as the initial one, but I found it ever so mildly interesting. No "smokeface" this time, sadly. While we know the project is set for a gamescom reveal next...

Jordan Devore