I envision EA as the World’s Greatest Games Company.
This is not about what we are aiming for or what we will become. Rather, it is
about an unfaltering commitment to what we will be every day. This is an
attitude that must drive our culture as one team.
I also believe EA’s strategy is sound. Our focus on our talent, our brands and
our platform together with our investment in next-generation consoles, mobile
and PC free-to-play, as part of our ongoing transition to digital, is right. But
we have plenty of work ahead to ensure our collective success.
In the short term, our mission is crystal clear: We are 100 percent focused on
delivering our FY14 business plan. We have made strong progress in the first
half of the fiscal year, establishing financial discipline and continuing to
create a slate of fantastic games for current and next-generation consoles,
mobile and PC. But now we’ve got to finish the job – execute in Q3 and Q4 and
deliver on the promises we made to our fans and our shareholders.
Looking ahead, my focus will be on three things:
1. Continued transformation for our digital future;
2. Delivering amazing games and services across platforms; and
3. Instilling a culture of execution that will drive profitable growth.
In the days and weeks ahead, I will provide a greater level of operational
detail behind the plan that will make these goals a reality.
The Developer Pack is out today on PC, Xbox Live, and
Play around in the Shooting Range, pit humans and mutants against each other in
the AI arena, and take a stroll through the Museum for a closer look at the
characters and creatures of Metro: Last Light. In addition, the Spider Lair
mission puts you inside a darkness filled with spiders. SPIDERS!
Grab it from the links below, or download it for free from the in-game Store if
you have the Season Pass. Find the new missions under Chapters > New
Bohemia Interactive announces an October 1st release date for Arma Tactics,
the upcoming PC version of the turn-based close-combat strategy game based on
their Arma shooters. For those who can't wait, the game is available right now
for early access on Steam,
which comes with a 15% discount. Here's word:
Arma Tactics will receive a
number of PC specific upgrades/improvements including: Amazingly visually
enhanced (high-detailed textures, post effects, high-detailed light maps,
enhanced shaders and shadows). Controls optimized for PC (mouse+keyboard) and
full support for gamepad. Please note not all enhanced features will be included
in the initial beta.
Arma Tactics is a turn-based close-combat strategy game, where the player takes
control of a four-member Special Forces team. There are no given strategies,
rails to move on, or paths to follow; it‘s up to the player to decide how he
will play through both the story-driven missions and generated missions with
randomized objectives. Whether using stealth or a more direct approach, players
will need to use their strategic thinking and use both basic and advanced
weaponry while facing many different opponents - ranging from unorganized local
militia to smart and skilled mercenaries.
Nexon announces closed beta testing of Extraction will begin on October
1st, offering the first chance to play this upcoming free-to-play online FPS
from Splash Damage. Signups are being accepted on the
Extraction website, and here's
word on how this works:
The Extraction closed beta will have limited
openings, so only a select number of players will be able to participate.
Notifications will be sent to chosen players by Oct. 1, when the closed beta
period begins. In addition to stability testing, the closed beta will serve as a
channel for new players to help further shape Extraction into a fair and
balanced playing field. Extraction's alpha community has made significant
contributions to the game since December 2012.
Developed by Splash Damage, Extraction takes place in London after a mysterious
radiological attack. The only people who dare enter the abandoned city are
groups of elite mercenaries tasked with extracting valuable data. Players in the
closed beta will get to test several maps and game modes, and can unlock
additional Mercs to play as, each with different play styles and
Preorders are now being accepted for TimeLines: Assault On America, the
alternate-history World War II RTS game. The game is due for release next week
on September 24th, and in the meantime it can be had for 15% off its full price.
Here's a video touting
the preorders, and here's a refresher on the game:
TimeLines: Assault On
America™ is a WW II RTS that takes place in an alternate reality and is
available on PC, Mac and Linux. A key moment is changed when Hitler is
assassinated. After the assassination heard around the world, the Axis powers
launch a full scale invasion of the United States Of America. Now is the time to
defend the land of the free and home of the brave from the Axis Powers. Battle
in 12 single player missions culminating to the battle for Washington D.C.
Team up with or play against your friends in cross platform multiplayer action
on PC, Mac, and Linux.
“TimeLines: Assault On America™” is an exciting Real Time Strategy game that PC,
Mac, and Linux that users will enjoy. We are proud to offer a cross platform
multiplayer game that delivers an exciting premise on the most documented war of
all time.” Says Emanuel Wall, Director of Strategy First
Blizzard announces they
are killing the auction houses in Diablo III as of March 18, 2014,
saying: "We feel that this move along with the Loot 2.0 system being developed
concurrently with Reaper of Souls™ will result in a much more rewarding game
experience for our players." Here's word:
When we initially designed and
implemented the auction houses, the driving goal was to provide a convenient and
secure system for trades. But as we've mentioned on different occasions, it
became increasingly clear that despite the benefits of the AH system and the
fact that many players around the world use it, it ultimately undermines
Diablo's core game play: kill monsters to get cool loot. With that in mind, we
want to let everyone know that we've decided to remove the gold and real-money
auction house system from Diablo III.
We feel that this move along with the Loot 2.0 system being developed
concurrently with Reaper of Souls™ will result in a much more rewarding game
experience for our players.
We're working out the details of how the auction house system will be shut down,
but we wanted to share the news as soon as we made the decision in order to give
everyone as much advance notice as possible. Please note that the shutdown will
occur on March 18, 2014. We will keep everyone informed as we work through this
Josh Mosqueira and I wanted to provide everyone with a little more information
behind this decision, so please have a look at the video, and stay tuned to this
site for further updates in the months ahead.
Bethesda has released a new
trailer from the Tokyo Game Show for The Evil Within, showing off the
upcoming survival/horror game from Shinji Mikami. Here's word: "Shinji Mikami
will have the opportunity to show off his latest project this week in Japan at
Tokyo Game Show. To celebrate the occasion (and for those that can’t make the
trip), we’ve just released a new gameplay trailer for The Evil Within™. Shinji
Mikami, the father of survival horror, is back to direct The Evil Within – a
game embodying the meaning of pure survival horror. Highly-crafted environments,
horrifying anxiety, and an intricate story weave together to create an immersive
world that will bring players to the height of tension. The Evil Within is in
development for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC and
is slated for release in 2014." Continue here to read the full story.
EA sends along an official clarification about the details
recently offered about
the launch of beta testing of Battlefield 4 next month. The open beta was
announced to launch on October 1st, but as we mentioned, a
announcement said preorder customers will get three days of early access.
Sure enough, according to our new announcement beta access on the first will be
restricted to preorder and special edition customers, and access for all begins
on October 4th. There are complete details in a new
Battlefield 4 Beta
FAQ and here's the outline, followed by a new
this is Battlefield 4
trailer showing off multiplayer action in the military
The Battlefield 4 Beta is coming soon. You’ll be able to
play the Siege of Shanghai map in Conquest Mode or Domination Mode.
We’ve introduced a lot of new and exciting elements into Battlefield 4, like
Levolution, Amphibious Assault, and much more. We can’t wait for everyone to try
them out in the Beta!
Looking to get into the Beta? Here’s how:
How to Join:
Join the Beta on:
Pre-order the Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe Edition
Battlefield 3 Premium member
Registered owner of Medal of Honor Warfighter Limited Edition or
Digital Deluxe Edition
Open to all Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC players. Download
from Xbox Live, PSN and Origin.com.
Steam News announces a
new GAT V Pack is now
available for Saints Row IV,
which is free for one day only as a dyslexic celebration of the console release
of a certain other open-world action game. Word is: "It's the moment every gamer
has been waiting for: GAT V is here! Dress up as star-crossed lovers Gat and
Aisha and strap on a heavy machine gun and a combat knife launcher for the
ultimate Saints Row experience." Here's
a trailer showing off
the pack. Continue here to read the full story.
Roberts Space Industries website has a new Letter from the Chairman
celebrating a new funding milestone for Star Citizen, which has now
secured over $19 million from fans eager for a new game in the vein of the
Wing Commander series (thanks Geoff). They
announced the games $20 million stretch goal is FPS combat on planet
surfaces, and now they reveal their $21 million goal, which is a whole new
Salvage Mechanic career path:
Salvage Mechanic: Salvage isn’t an
aside: it’s a career, with its own mechanic, story tie-ins and universe-shaping
endgames. Search the galaxy for a host of valuable and interesting secrets using
both the flight and FPS components. Discover the secrets of the ancient
Hadesians, locate valuable components and cargo… or go down in history the first
to make contact an entirely new alien race!
Tropical Games announces that preorders of Void of Darkness are now being
accepted on Desura,
and word is this Starflight-inspired space exploration game will unlock on
September 23rd. There's also an update on the
Void of Darkness website for
backers saying "the demo for alpha funding was published to Desura last week, it
is currently subject to their untimely processes while it awaits being made
The Total War
Facebook page announces that patch 2 is now out
of beta and live for all owners of
Total War: ROME II, their historical strategy sequel. Word is patch 3 is
already in the works:
Patch 2 is live now! It will be automatically
applied to your game on restarted. It includes optimizations for campaign
performance, AI round time improvements, adds additional options and guidance
for players in tweaking the settings of their game and over 100 other changes
and fixes Full patch notes can be found here:
Patch 3 enters beta testing soon, with changes to battle game-play and further
improvements for specific hardware configurations. Assistance for anyone seeking
to solve issues or improve the performance of ROME II on their system is
available from the CA support team at
Well, today is GTA5 release day, and I actually have a copy preordered myself,
so that should show up at some point. I say "actually" because I'm predominately
a PC gamer (I probably didn't need to explain that here), and this is maybe the
fifth release-date game I've ever gotten for a console, with the previous honorees
being Rock Band games and GTA4. If you are picking it up yourself, here's a
reminder that Bats has started a
Rockstar Games Social Club if you want to be a friend of ours.