E3 2017 – The overview and the angry mob

Now you’ve had a week to let the dust from E3 2017 to settle, and I’ve had a week’s time to eat up reactions to E3 from all over the world. So let’s talk about reactions. I enjoyed E3 a lot this year. One of the obvious reasons for me was that during 2017, I haven’t spent a huge amount… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!


20 Million Players Across Titanfall 1 and 2; 6th New DLC The War Games Announced

PS4, Xbox One, and PC game Titanfall 2 still going strong with one million active monthly players as it the franchises crosses the 20 million player mark. Additionally, free DLC is once again on the horizon. …Read More The post 20 Million Players Across Titanfall 1 and 2; 6th New DLC The War Games Announced by Tyler Fischer appeared first on DualShockers.


Here’s 16 Minutes of Battlefield 1 Lupkow Pass DLC Gameplay, Coming Out in August

[embedded content] At the EA Play press conference at last week’s E3, the publisher showed off a new trailer for the upcoming major expansion for Battlefield 1, In the Name of the Tsar. And this week, the folks at IGN published gameplay of the upcoming first map of the expansion, Lupkow Pass, which developer DICE announced will be available in August. The video shows off the new multiplayer map played in Conquest and reveals its seven objective/capture points including one that’s situated on top of a small plateau. The video also shows off the Lupkow Pass’s rocky and snow-covered terrain. Lupkow Pass is the first of four new multiplayer maps coming with In the Name of the Tsar. While Lupkow Pass is releasing around 30 days ahead of the expansion, the other three – Albion, Galicia, and Brusilov Keep – will be released alongside the new expansion. As for the expansion itself, Battlefield 1: In the Name of the Tsar will be released sometime in September for the PlayStation 4 and other platforms. [Source: IGN (YouTube), Battlefield (Twitter)] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

DLC & Patches

Next Free Titanfall 2 DLC Update, The War Games, Drops on June 27

The War Games begin June 27. Learn more: https://t.co/1tWvq3601x pic.twitter.com/xlMlZvEjFW — Titanfall (@Titanfallgame) June 22, 2017 On Tuesday, June 27, Respawn will release The War Games, the sixth free Titanfall 2 DLC drop since launch. A full trailer detailing The War Games content will be available next week, but you can see a teaser above. With The War Games, you’ll find a new map, a new Live Fire map, a new execution, a new Featured Mode in the form of Free Agents, and everything else you see below: New Map War Games – Pilots on the Frontier frequently use simulator pods to train, using life-like recreations of historical battles as combat scenarios. War Games highlights the civilian shops, tall buildings for window-to-window fighting, and city streets for Titan combat from the Battle of Angel City, and the large, open tank garage facilities for hand-to-hand Pilot combat from the Battle of Airbase Sierra. The outskirts of the map feature a clean, VR style perfect for Titan duels, while Pilots are often found running along the bright, interconnected wallrunning routes. New Live Fire Map Traffic – A weathered test site where pilot positioning is pitted against mobility across two busy thoroughfares. Dense READ FULL STORY…

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E3 2017 – A Way Out Preview – Work or Die Together (PS4)

Electronic Arts (EA) is known for getting behind massive franchises. Madden, FIFA, NBA Live, Battlefield, Star Wars…The list of huge games goes on for a while when you’re talking about EA. Yet as we’ve seen in the past few years, EA does appreciate the indie scene. Games like Unravel charmed audiences around the world, and the publisher now has a program called EA Originals to help foster some more growth in the indie space. The newly-revealed game A Way Out was shown at this year’s EA PLAY, and we were able to take a sneak peek once we were away from all the hype of the event. Co-Op ONLY As we sat in a temporary office in the back of EA’s PLAY event with Director Josef Fares, it was funny taking in fellow journalists’ reactions to A Way Out. Josef spoke with confidence about his new game, bolstered perhaps by the reaction he had already received at EA’s press conference a few days ago, and the success of his previous game, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. Or maybe it was the $3.7 million EA handed over to him and his team at Hazelight Studios while still retaining complete READ…

NHL 18 Shoots out a Ton of New Info with Gameplay Trailer Including a Sept

NHL 18 was fully unveiled today by EA with the Oiler’s Connor McDavid on the cover and a host of new modes for both the Xbox One and PS4. …Read More The post NHL 18 Shoots out a Ton of New Info with Gameplay Trailer Including a Sept by Leif Conti-Groome appeared first on DualShockers.


NHL 18 Releases on September 15 for PS4 & Xbox One, Connor McDavid Is the Cover Athlete

[embedded content] EA has announced that NHL 18 is releasing worldwide on September 15 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid on the cover. By pre-ordering the Young Stars Edition or Young Stars Deluxe Edition, you’ll receive three days early access to the full game on September 12 and some digital Connor McDavid content. Prior to launch, an NHL 18 beta will begin on July 25, offering these three modes: NHL Threes, EA Sports Hockey League, and Online Vs. You can sign up for the beta over here. Here’s what to expect from NHL 18, including the new Defensive Skill stick, the new 3-on-3 NHL Threes mode, the Expansion Draft feature in Franchise Mode, and more: New Creative Attack skill moves give players the control to execute jaw-dropping plays. On offense, creative dekes include between-the-legs moves, one-handed dekes, back-handed toe-drags and much more – like the ability to branch moves together for moment-to-moment decision making. On defense, the new Defensive Skill Stick delivers the tools to counter attacks with poke check targeting, extended pokes, and controlled stick sweeps to cover zones of the ice and take away lanes. New Creative A.I. systems mean teammates now leverage the same tools READ…


EA Strengthening Geneva HQ, Downsizes Local Teams

EA is planning to bolster its ranks at its Geneva HQ in an effort to develop a new international marketing hub at the location, according to a report by Games Industry. Because of this, the company is downsizing several of its local territory offices, including the UK. We’ve recently proposed some staffing changes in our international publishing teams as we create an international marketing hub for our organization based in Geneva. While the exact number of employees that will be affected by the restructuring is unknown, EA has said that the company is doing everything it can to find new opportunities for them at EA and assisting them with the transition. It looks like EA wants to centralize its PR and marketing efforts. And as the industry becomes more globally connected, having an international marketing  hub may be a good idea to keep the company’s efforts consistent and standardized across the board. [Source: Games Industry] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!


EA still being cautious about supporting the Nintendo Switch

While Nintendo had a great showing at E3 with their first-party titles, other publishers are being very cautious about supporting the Nintendo Switch. EA is chief among those with the only title in development for the Nintendo Switch being FIFA 18. What’s worse is that the E3 presentation of FIFA 18 has revealed that the Switch version will likely be an inferior product compared to the PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions. The PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions of the game will run on the Frostbite engine, just like last year. Also, this year’s FIFA 18 release will continue the story of Cristiano Ronaldo in The Journey: Hunter Returns and that single-player story will only be available on the aforementioned platforms. The Switch version is very likely more closely resembling the outdated PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game that EA will put out. So how does EA respond to that? Well, VP of global publishing Laura Miele had this to say: There are technical differences, yes, but I think most importantly there are player differences. When you have a game you’re playing on the go, it’s a different interface, different experience, different features, and different READ FULL…


E3 2017 – Star Wars Battlefront II Single-Player Hands-On Preview – Seamless Space Fighting (PS4)

Having a Star Wars game is kind of a big deal. So when you announce that your game’s campaign is going to be canon, people take notice. It also better be a good single-player experience. During the busy pre-E3 show that was EA PLAY 2017, we managed to score hands-on time for one of the upcoming game’s single-player story missions. Our impressions are ready for your reading pleasure below. A Posthumous Decree First, we were shown the mission we were going to play, as executed by a member of the development team. A short cinematic shows Iden Versio meeting with one of her Imperial superiors, who has a message from the now-deceased Emperor Palpatine via a useful but eerie message android. Easily the first thing we noticed while playing Star Wars Battlefront II is the look of the game. The first game looked incredible, and this sequel keeps in that tradition. The Frostbite engine looked incredible running on a PlayStation 4 Pro, and the level that we were playing had such intricate details, from the wiring and pipes running through the space station we started in, to the sprawling machinery seen on the outside of Star Destroyers. Even explosions READ…


Microsoft Won the Coverage Battle of E3 2017; Assassin’s Creed Origins Was the Most Covered Game

DLC & Patches

FIFA 17 Update 1.11 on PS4 & Xbox One Today Includes Stability Fixes

[embedded content] Players have revealed that FIFA 17 update 1.11 is now live on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with Xbox One players saying it’s 836MB. According to the PS4’s Update History, here’s what’s included: Addressed the Following General stability fixes Addressed the Following in FIFA Ultimate Team Addressed a text overlap in the FUT Champions leaderboard Addressed the Following in Gameplay Addressed an issue where players will freeze when using an offside trap. Several months ago, a Redditor discovered the mention of momentum and adaptive difficulty in FIFA 17’s files, suggesting that the game changes based on your performance. Speaking with Eurogamer, Creative Director Matt Prior discussed momentum: It’s something we often get asked. Is there something in there that scripts things? I can assure you there absolutely isn’t. It is just football. That kind of thing happens in football. Prior adds that “there is error in some of the algorithms for traps,” but “that’s all measured on an individual level. It doesn’t take into account, oh, this is 1-0 in the 90th minute, let’s give this guy more error. It’s very much individual. And as a result it can happen at any time.” The next FIFA title, FIFA 18, releases on READ FULL STORY AT…


Battlefield 1 Update 1.10 Is 4.2GB on PS4, Adds Nivelle Nights Map

[embedded content] Update: The official patch notes are live, revealing details on the new Best Squad feature: We have added a new screen at the end of the match, highlighting the best squad in the game. Our data has shown that players playing as part of a platoon are generally playing better than others, so if you haven’t already done so, it is time to find a platoon. Earn your place in the spotlight with your platoon. Follow this link to see all of the changes today. Original Story: Weighing in at 4.2GB on PlayStation 4, 9.7GB on Xbox One, and 3.4GB on PC, Battlefield 1 update 1.10 is now available to download, players have revealed. Official patch notes haven’t been posted by DICE yet, but we know today’s update includes the Nivelle Nights map, and also makes Frontlines available to all players on Argonne Forest and Amiens. To access Nivelle Nights, you’ll have to own either a Premium Pass or They Shall Not Pass. Here’s the description for Nivelle Nights: Coming in June for Battlefield 1 Premium Pass and They Shall Not Pass Expansion Pack owners, Nivelle Nights takes the fight to Chemin des Dames, 1917. Fight at Night – As darkness READ FULL STORY…


E3 2017 – Star Wars Battlefront II Multiplayer Hands-On Preview – Battle Tested (PS4)

The reboot of Star Wars Battlefront was long-overdue. The 2015 title looked gorgeous, though as with most things there remained some room for improvement in the gameplay department. EA DICE has been hard at work not only supporting the existing game with updated content, but also in developing a sequel, the simply-titled Star Wars Battlefront II. We were able to go hands-on with a PC build of the multiplayer mode of the game while attending EA’s PLAY event prior to E3 2017, and have our impressions below. Master Your Class If there was one thing that was sorely lacking in the previous game, it was class-based characters. DICE heard player feedback loud and clear, and have brought in several different classes to play as. During our session we were shown the Assault, Heavy, Officer, and Specialist classes. The Assault class is a standard-issue soldier. You have a blaster rifle, two types of explosives, and a charged-up special which enhances your damage. The Heavy class is what you’d expect – a heavy-firepower, heavily-armored suppressive firing soldier who can provide cover fire for others attempting to grab an objective. The Specialist class is more long-ranged, good at picking off distant targets. READ…