EA does it again. Its newly announced Need for Speed game - Need for Speed: Rivals - won't be making its way to the Wii U. EA's reason? Frostbite doesn't run on the Wii U. Need for Speed: Rivals will make its way to all the other consoles, including the Xbox One and the Playstation 4. It will be released on the Xbox 360 and PS3 on November 19th, and the game comes to the other consoles at a later date. EA had this to say:
“Yeah, Frostbite is not really set up for Wii U. I don’t have all the information, so it wouldn’t be right for me to speak about it. Frostbite 3 is a really capable engine, it’s scalable and it gives us a big advantage on the next generation to support the Xbox One and the PS4, but it’s not being developed on the Wii U.” - EA Representative
Even though they recently released a statement confirming they had zero games in development for the eighth generation Wii U, apparently EA is still making games for two seventh generation consoles. According to EA CFO Blake Jorgensen at the Stifel 2013 Technology Conference, Electronic Arts plans to keep supporting both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 through the year 2017.I'd guess that giving a specific year means development has already begun on all of EA's planned titles for the two consoles, but that's just speculation at this point. Anyway, what do you think of EA's seventh generation support strategy?
Since the reveal of the Xbox One a lot of news has come out. Many exclusive titles have been announced, and the console will have new features that you wouldn't expect to see in a console. Its new controller has been improved, and if it works on a PC I will probably buy it. But there's one disappointment here: you can't use any of your old Xbox 360 hardware on the new console.
Head past the jump for more details.
According to an article on EA's website, the developer will highlight their plans for Star Wars games; additionally, they will be exhibiting other next-generation games, including Need for Speed, Battlefield 4, and a whole range of EA Sports titles.
Personally, I believe that EA will be making some sort of Star Wars first-person shooter, or possibly a new entry into the Battlefront series. I would prefer a game similar to The Force Unleashed, and I would prefer for it to be good; hey, I can dream, right?
EA's E3 briefing will be entitled "The Download: EA 2013 Preview" and will air on June 10th at 1 PM PT (3 PM CT) on Spike TV and EA's website.
Well, one of the more dreaded rumors about the next Microsoft console has come at least partially true: Microsoft revealed today that their next console will install each game to the hard drive, and it will then belong to the Xbox Live account that installed it. The game will then be playable without a disc, but you can't just run off and sell it; any game that gets installed a second time will come with a fee. They haven't said how much this fee will be, but if they hope to actually make some money off of it, it won't be anything slight.
Jon Hicks has also issued the statement (which has not been confirmed) that in a talk with Microsoft, they said a secondary install would undo the first install, removing it from the original account. Whether or not this is true, any kind of restriction placed on second hand games is going to irritate a lot of gamers.
Today, Microsoft revealed its next generation console, the Xbox One. It will run on a version of Windows 8 and serve as an "All in One Home Entertainment System". Yes, Microsoft has widened its gaze, and the Xbox One will also be a cable box where you can watch TV, browse the internet, watch Netflix or your Blu-ray movies, and listen to your favorite music.
The console will have a new controller, which is pretty much a slightly altered Xbox 360 controller. All the buttons are in the same place except the start and the back buttons, which seem to have been replaced by two unknown buttons. I personally have never had a problem with the D-Pad, but it was apparently such a common complaint that it also underwent a redesign. It's unknown if this new controller is usable on your PC, but as that has been the case with the Xbox 360 controller it will likely happen eventually.
More juicy news after the jump.
Ubisoft have just announced that Watch Dogs, Ubisoft's hotly anticipated Chicago sandbox game, will have a couple of preorder exclusive missions. What's more, the content will also be exclusive to the retailer from which you preordered it.
Those who preorder Watch Dogs from GameStop will receive one single player mission, entitled "The Palace Pack." Apart from the actual content of the mission itself, "The Palace Pack" will contain an investigation bonus and an ATM hack boost. The investigation bonus will open up exclusive investigation opportunities within the network, and the ATM hack boost will give you extra money when you hack into a bank account. Players who preorder from GameStop will also receive an exclusive poster from the comic book artist Alex Ross.
Those who preorder from Amazon.com will gain
access to the "Signature Shot Pack." Upon completion of this exclusive
mission, players will unlock the Biometric Assault Rifle and the Black
Viceroy’s Outfit. The mission itself will require players to break into a
stronghold and steal the Biometric Assault Rifle so they can be the
first to imprint their palm on the weapon's handle, as the gun doesn't
work for anybody past the first person to imprint the handle.
Watch Dogs will be launching on November 19th for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and PC. As for next generation consoles, Watch Dogs will be a launch title for the PlayStation 4 and is also all but confirmed to be releasing for Microsoft's next game console.
“It’s like Namco literally forgot that it succeeded with Dark Souls minutes after it got its financial results. What we see here with Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls is a series that became a cult hit specifically by not doing what everyone else did and a publisher that now wants to make it more successful by doing what everyone else did.” – Jim Sterling
This week's episode of the Jimquisition is back on the topic of Triple-A publishers and development studios being moronic, specifically Namco Bandai. See, Dark Souls II will be arriving sometime within the next year or two, and the game's publisher, Namco Bandai, is apparently planning on "treating it like a massive, massive Triple-A title" in order to appeal to a wider audience. They plan to be "widening the net" with Dark Souls II, by extension skyrocketing development costs, even though practically all of Dark Souls sales come from a very loyal cult following for whom one of the primary reasons Dark Souls is so good is that it didn't compromise its focus.
Well, I won't keep you any longer. After the jump, you can watch today's episode of the Jimquisition, "Guns Blazing" where Jim Sterling talks at length about this Triple-A problem.
As promised, Warner Bros. dropped a massive amount of new Batman: Arkham Origins information on us today, including new gameplay and story details, a brand new trailer, and information about a new playable character, available via preorder DLC.
The trailer tells us a lot about the story and style of the prequel, so we'll have a full rundown of the trailer's details and more after the jump.
Follow at your own risk; spoilers ahead.