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EA taking a Batman Arkham-style approach to its Star Wars games – GameSpot


By Eddie Makuch Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson has said in a new interview that the challenge of working on a beloved IP like Star Wars is making sure you retain the spirit of the series. To that end, the publisher is looking to emulate the approach Warner Bros. took with its Batman Arkham games[…] http://www.gamespot.com/articles/ea-taking-a-batman-arkham-style-approach-to-its-star-wars-games/1100-6418499/

Titanfall closed test gameplay footage leaked


By: Emanuel Maiberg On Jan. 16 we heard that Electronic Arts was contacting Origin account holders asking them to participate in a Titanfall beta on Xbox One. Not surprisingly, participants in what developer Respawn later clarified was a “limited technical test” started posting gameplay footage to video sharing sites like Vimeo and Blip. This is a closed test of the game, meaning EA strictly prohibits anyone from posting videos, sharing images, or even talking about it. The test is “strictly not sharable,” []

Don’t Get Cocky, Kid, in Star Wars: The Old Republic – Galactic Starfighter


By: Kevin VanOrd Considering the importance of space battles in the Star Wars universe, it was disappointing that ship combat was given such a cursory role in Star Wars: The Old Republic. After all, I can’t imagine A New Hope without the Battle of Yavin, which led to the destruction of the Death Star. (A useless gesture? I think not!) The Old Republic’s single-player on-rails battles looked the part, but they didn’t capture the essence of galactic warfare. With Galactic Starfighter, that’s []

EA closing BattleForge


By: Eddie Makuch Sony: Elder Scrolls Online not originally planned for consoles Free-to-play real-time strategy game BattleForge will be shut down on October 31, Electronic Arts has announced. “Today we bring sad news to the world of Nyn as the rift between our worlds is coming to a close, and with this we come to the unfortunate retirement of BattleForge,” the company said in a statement. “The decision to retire older games is never easy,” the statement goes on. “We hope you’ve []

Next-gen Star Wars: Battlefront due in summer 2015


By: Eddie Makuch The all-new next-generation Star Wars: Battlefront game  from Electronic Arts and developer DICE will “most likely” release in summer 2015 alongside the new films , CFO Blake Jorgensen said today during EA’s annual stockholder meeting. Jorgensen said the Battlefront series, in the past, has performed “extremely well.” Beyond a brief teaser trailer for the game at E3, EA and DICE have remained quiet on what the new Star Wars Battlefront game will offer. EA Games executive Patrick Söderlund said last month  that []

EA and Disney team up for Star Wars games


By: Eddie Makuch Electronic Arts and The Walt Disney company today announced a new multiyear exclusive agreement to develop and publish new games based on Star Wars characters and stories. As part of the agreement, EA will create new Star Wars titles for a “core gaming audience.” These games will span “all interactive platforms” and “the most popular game genres.” Disney, meanwhile, will retain rights to create new Star Wars games for mobile, social, tablet, and online markets. “Every developer dreams of []

Respawn’s first game an always-online Xbox 720 exclusive?


By:  Eddie Makuch The first information about Respawn Entertainment‘s debut effort may have been exposed. Several sources have told Kotaku that the studio’s first game will be a multiplayer-focused, always-online Xbox 720 exclusive. A version may also release for Xbox 360, but iterations for PlayStation and Nintendo consoles are not in the cards, one source said. Call of Duty studio Infinity Ward founders Jason West and Vince Zampella created Respawn Entertainment in 2010 afterActivision fired them, claiming insubordination. The studio’s first game will be published by Activision []

Bulletstorm 2 was going to be ‘more insane’


By: Eddie Makuch A sequel to 2011 first-person shooter Bulletstorm was going to be “an amazing game,” according to People Can Fly founder Adrian Chmielarz. Speaking with Eurogamer, the developer–who has since left the company–claimed that this game was conceived as over-the-top and believable at the same time. “It was gonna be actually more insane in a way,” Chmielarz said. “It’s still kinda believable but the pulpiness and the craziness of it was through the roof.” He did not divulge any specifics, but pointed to Rick Remender‘s []

Uplay PC download service disabled


By:  Eddie Makuch Ubisoft has shut down its Uplay PC download service today after hackers discovered an exploit that allows games to be downloaded for free, including the highly rumored Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. Gameplay footage from the title surfaced last night, following the exposure of the exploit. “We are aware of the issue and are working to resolve it quickly,” a Ubisoft representative told GameSpot. “Uplay’s PC download service will be unavailable until the problem is fixed. However, all other Uplay services remain available.” []

American McGee gauging interest for Alice 3


By: Eddie Makuch American McGee wants to know if gamers would be interested in Alice 3. Writing on Facebook, the game designer asked fans if they would support a Kickstarter campaign for the game, provided the rights could be acquired from Electronic Arts. McGee said fans should “make some noise” if they want the game to become a reality. “I’m trying to gauge interest in case I happen to discuss this with EA during [the Game Developers Conference] in two weeks,” McGee said. “The []