Electronic Arts announces Q3 FY17 financial results
, saying this is the
first quarter generating over $1 billion in operating cash flow. Here are the
Selected Operating Highlights and Metrics:
- Digital net sales* of $2.861 billion for the
trailing-twelve-month period represents 60% of total net sales, up 18%
- FIFA 17 was the best-selling console title in the
world in 2016.
- Battlefield™ 1 was our biggest Battlefield launch
ever and has a player base more than 50% larger than that of Battlefield 4™
in its comparable launch quarter.
- To date, more than 10 million fans have played
“The Journey”, the new single-player mode in FIFA 17.
- In Q3, average gameplay time per player in Star
Wars™: Galaxy of Heroes reached a new high of 155 minutes per day.
* Net sales is defined as the net amount of products and services sold
digitally or sold-in physically in the period.
the For Honor open beta test will start February 9th in
advance of its official launch on February 14th, saying this will be preceded by a celebrity livestream. Here's a recent
map variations video
and here are details on the open beta:
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If you’ve been itching to storm
the battlefields of For Honor but haven’t yet had your chance, then you’re in
luck: From February 9 through February 12, all players on Xbox One, PS4, and PC
will be able to download the For Honor open beta, declare allegiance to a
faction, and fight for supremacy in pitched multiplayer battles as a Knight,
Samurai, or Viking. In the beta, you’ll be able to try out the new Elimination
mode – a best-of-five series of four-on-four matches with no respawns – as well
as the Dominion, Brawl, and Duel modes. You’ll also be able to continue the War
of the Factions, giving you the chance to lead your chosen army to victory and
claim rewards when the full game launches on February 14.
Before the open beta begins, a squad of celebrity warriors and top streamers
will take to Twitch to continue the War of the Factions and show off the
Elimination mode. Featuring Lauren Cohan, Jason Momoa, Alfie Allen, and
Demetrious Johnson, the livestreamed battle begins February 7 at 2PM PST, and
you can catch it live on the
For Honor Twitch
The Elder Scrolls Online website
announcement of what's next for Bethesda's MMORPG. This is a Morrowind expansion
that will launch on June 6th, offering a new location, a new class, a new PvP
mode, and more. A
has all the details on how to pick this up, and here's more on
what it will offer:
This June, the next Chapter in The Elder Scrolls
Online will begin. Return to the iconic island of Vvardenfell for over 30 hours
of adventure in a brand new location, with a new class, a new PvP mode, a new
Trial, and so much more.
The fate of Morrowind hangs in the balance and you must take up the mantle of a
hero to help Vivec, the legendary warrior-poet and Guardian of Vvardenfell, save
the world from a deadly Daedric threat. Set roughly 700 years before the events
of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, ESO's new Chapter takes you to familiar
locations as you attempt to solve the mystery of Vivec's mysterious illness and
restore his strength. Travel from the volcanic Ashlands to the mushroom-filled
forests, and walk the streets of Vivec City, still under construction at this
point in time.
With the largest landmass addition to date, a brand-new player class, and an
intense new PvP mode, The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind is the perfect entry
point for new players and a great way for veterans to continue their journey.
Those who already own ESO can simply upgrade their experience and immediately
jump into the new Chapter when it launches on June 6, 2017 for all platforms,
including on PC in Japan. And thanks to the One Tamriel update from last
October, new players can also sail directly into Morrowind and play with other
adventurers of all levels. The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind also includes all
the original ESO content, so new players will have access to hundreds of hours
of excitement throughout Tamriel. Existing players can choose to carry their
characters over to Morrowind, or start fresh on a new adventure with a new face.
offers "A Note About Our New IP." They say they want to offer
some additional background, but you aren't going to get very fat on something
with this few calories:
As we’re working hard to finish Mass Effect:
Andromeda, I wanted to take a minute to talk about our new IP. As our CEO Andrew
Wilson mentioned, we’re creating a unique IP that will bring players together in
exciting new ways.
There’s much more to say in the coming months, but for now, I wanted to offer
this additional background.
In 2012, we began crafting a new universe full of new characters, stories, and
gameplay. Our ambition is simple: Draw upon 20+ years of development knowledge
and lessons to create something fun and new for you to enjoy with your friends.
There’s nothing quite as exciting as building a new IP from scratch, and it will
be even more thrilling for us to share more with you in the future.
follows up on the rumor
Fallout New Vegas 2
is in development. They say this is untrue, having
confirmed with Obsidian they are not signed on for a sequel. Of course, they do
not own the IP, so New Vegas 2 could be in the hands of a different developer.
But they also impugn the integrity of the source, saying the operators of
are overstating the track record of the accuracy of their rumors by
editing older articles to seem more accurate. In their expert opinion this was
just game news clickbait.
Flying Wild Hog, Devolver Digital, OVERKILL, and Starbreeze announce they have
banded together to create a cross-promotion event between PAYDAY 2
Shadow Warrior 2
. This involves item crossovers between the two first-person
shooter sequels. To celebrate, both games are
with an additional savings if you already own one or the other or
if you buy them both together. Here's word on the crossover: "The crossover
event includes two PAYDAY 2 weapons and the iconic Dallas mask introduced into
Shadow Warrior 2 while Lo Wang’s trademark katana and several demon masks have
made their way into PAYDAY 2."
now offers a 404
error as Asheron's Call
and Asheron's Call 2
are now officially
offline, per this previous
recounts the last minutes of Asheron's Call including the
experiences of a player saying goodbye to the virtual world after 17 years.
The Heavy Metal Machines
announces that Heavy Metal Machines is now in open beta testing,
allowing full access to this MOBA. The game features vehicular combat racing, obviously
influenced in part by the Mad Max series. Word is: "After months of closed beta
testing, Heavy Metal Machines is ready to reveal for a bigger group of fans to
experience its unique brand of car combat, MOBA action. In addition to being
available to more gamers, this open beta introduces a number of significant
upgrades, including an all new character." The game's
from the summer shows off gameplay. Continue here to read the full story
Early access is now underway
, a throwback adventure game where you attempt to
save your fellow villagers from death, and deal with the ripple effect of the
deaths you fail to prevent. Here's word:
Vidar is Dying
In the middle of a blizzard, a community's remaining citizens are forced to
confront their impending deaths. Every night, a villager is killed, and the
survivors are forced to alter their course in response. Chart a path through
always-changing, challenging environmental puzzles, and explore the stories and
grief of these townsfolk before Vidar is lost forever.
A Random Story Every Time
In Vidar, every villager has heavily interdependent relationships with the
others. When one person dies, everyone else’s stories change - if the blacksmith
loses her apprentice, she’ll give you different quests; if the blacksmith loses
her supplier, still different; and if she predeceases both, then those two will
respond accordingly, etc. Because the order of deaths is random, the story and
quests you receive will be different every time you play.
New Challenges to Overcome
To stop the killings you’ll need to enter a puzzle dungeon. Use your tools and
your environment to help navigate to the center of the cave before everyone in
town is dead. These puzzles are also randomly chosen from a bank of hundreds, so
that when you come back to see a new story unfold, you’ll also face a new
announces The Cloaked Ascendancy
, a new expansion
, saying this will come to the PC edition of the Dungeons
& Dragons MMORPG on February 21st. Here's word:
On February 21, heroes
will face the mages of the Cloak Tower as the Spellplague continues to cast a
shadow over Neverwinter!
In The Cloaked Ascendancy, adventurers return to the city after the harrowing
events of Storm King’s Thunder to honor a fallen hero. However, a strange cabal
of mages led by Gyrion the Ascendant have made themselves known and are prepared
to wield their powers against the citizens of Neverwinter!
In this latest expansion, adventurers will brave their way through the River
District to uncover hidden motives and return to the Spellplague Caverns
leveling dungeon, including an Epic version with different monsters and bosses.
In addition to a new campaign, adventure zone, and skirmish, powerful artifact
weapons await the hero willing to stand up against this new tyranny!
Are you ready to face The Cloaked Ascendancy?
A new trailer
Sniper Elite 4
gives us the 101 class on the sharpshooting sequel that's due for
release in two weeks. The video includes over six minutes of gameplay, showing
combat as well as various customization options. Here's the deal:
Continue here to read the full story
Captured entirely from in-game footage, this six-minute '101' trailer
showcases all-new gameplay from Sniper Elite 4's extensive feature set,
- An expansive campaign for 1-2 players: Explore 1943 Italy and fight alongside
the brave men and women of the Resistance. Hunt down a terrifying new weapon
that threatens the entire Allied fightback.
- A deep and rewarding sniping simulation: deliver pinpoint assassinations at
extreme distance, adapting to wind and gravity, and adjusting for range with
- Traverse massive environments featuring hundreds of enemies and vehicles: Find
your ideal sniper's nest, out maneuvers your enemies or hunt them up close.
Combine suppressed weapons with deadly traps to torment enemy formations and
isolate priority targets.
- Employ a massive, personalized arsenal including iconic World War II rifles,
submachine guns, shotguns, explosives and heavy weapons. Adapt your loadout for
each mission and upgrade core attributes like scope magnification, stability,
recoil, muzzle velocity and more.
- Challenging online co-op & multiplayer modes set across six gorgeous
custom-designed maps. Take on dedicated co-op modes for up to four players and
prove your mettle across seven competitive modes for up to 12 players.
It's time to deploy, sniper. It's time to liberate Italy and set the wheels
in motion for victory in Europe.
- Maniaplanet 4 on
the ManiaPlanet Blog. A look at channels and support for live streaming
in Nadeo's games. Thanks Frans.
Jan Paul van Waveren
. Mr. Elusive programmed the AI in Quake III Arena and
other id games. John Carmack calls him "The best developer I ever worked with,
my right hand, and a good friend." Thanks Frans.
Asia Co-Founder, King Crimson Member John Wetton Dead at 67
Funcom now offers early access to the Windows edition of Conan Exiles
, offering an
open world survival game set in Robert E. Howard's Hyborian Age. They support
the game with the launch of a new Conan
with information and forums and celebrate the news with
an early access launch
. Here's word on the game and plans to bring it to other platforms:
Continue here to read the full story
Exiles is an open-world survival game set in the brutal lands of Conan the
Barbarian, the world's greatest fantasy hero. The game can be played on private
and public servers, either in multiplayer or local single-player. In the world
of Conan Exiles, survival is more than tracking down food and water. Journey
through a vast, seamless world filled with the ruins of ancient civilizations,
uncovering its dark history and buried secrets as you seek to conquer and
dominate the exiled lands. Conan Exiles was released into Early Access on the PC
on 31 January 2017 and will hit the Xbox One Game Preview Program in Spring
2017. The game will also make its way to PlayStation 4 at a later date.
The Hitman website
the release of the complete first season of the episodic Hitman
game on disc. This offers every chapter of the game along with some bonus
content. This is accompanied by a new patch for the game, and
describe all that's coming to the game today, including the Landslide
bonus mission depicted in
Continue here to read the full story
On January 31st, we will release HITMAN - The Complete
First Season on a physical disc. On the same date, we will release our January
Update, which is mandatory for all players and includes improvements across the
board, including a new difficulty level, HDR support and many features or
improvements that were requested by our community. Thanks for your continued
support and for providing us with feedback.
As well as the physical disc release of the game, there are a few other items
that will be released or made available for purchase on January 31st 2017.
- Our 3rd bonus mission, 'Landslide' will be
released at no extra cost for owners of The Complete First Season / Upgrade
- The 'Original Soundtrack' and 'Making Of
Documentary' will be made available for all players. After downloading the
January Update, follow the in-game instructions (top-left tile of the
'Featured' Hub) to link your profile to the Square Enix Members service, as
this is how the content will be made available. Steam players will see both
items added to their accounts automatically.
- The 'HITMAN - Requiem Blood Money Pack' will be
made available for individual purchase, after previously being given to all
players who pre-ordered the game. This pack includes 3 in-game items;
'Legacy Requiem Suit', 'Silenced ICA-19 Chrome pistol' and the 'Pale Duck'
explosive item. As per the above image, this pack is also included with the
SteelBook Edition of the game.
For players who prefer to purchase individual episodes with the Intro Pack:
- The 'Bonus Episode' (formerly called Summer Bonus
Episode) will be made available for individual purchase. The Bonus Episode
includes 3 bonus missions: 'The Icon', 'A House Built on Sand' and
'Landslide'. Pricing will vary according to region, but will closely match
the established cost of an individual episode.
Steam Community Announcement reveals
the release of a new Patch 254 for ARK:
Survival Evolved for Windows, Linux, and OS X. They call this the biggest update
yet for the dinosaur-themed adventure game, saying it adds a load of new science-fiction
Tek content. They celebrate the news with a sale on
, which is still
in early access as well as a sale on the
Scorched Earth expansion
This includes new creatures, a new weapon, a new mechanic, and more. They provide a video
showing off what to expect and the following outline:
Continue here to read the full story
The mad masterminds
at Studio Wildcard have unleashed a wave of sci-fi-themed content for ARK:
Survival Evolved today - end-game features that reward hard-working players with
awesomely futuristic gear and guns. The new TEK Tier content, launched in
today's v254 update on Steam and coming in February to consoles, includes
fantastic sci-fi weapons and gear; including powered armor suits, dino-mountable
laser cannons, plasma rifles and much more. Players are invited to jump into ARK
and get crafting ASAP so they can get their hands on these cool new tools of
ARK: Survival Evolved is discounted on Steam started today for its biggest
sale ever - 67% off the main game and 51% off the Scorched Earth Expansion Pack.
More details from this huge update revealed in the new gameplay trailer:
Watch the new ARK v254 trailer HERE:
Players wanting TEK Tier loot will need to gather the newly introduced Element
resource, which is granted after successfully completing Boss Arenas. Each Boss
now has 3 difficulty levels (easy, medium, hard) and after completing each level
players are awarded with the TEK Knowledge engram, element and other general
Boss Rewards. Collect the Element then use the TEK Replicator to craft all TEK
Capcom announces the release of Banned Footage volume one for Resident Evil 7
for PlayStation 4, to be followed by volume two on February 14th. Both
volumes of this first DLC will come to other platforms like the PC on February
21st. Here's a trailer
showing off some unbanned footage from the DLC, and here's word on the DLC and
other content plans:
Continue here to read the full story
Banned Footage Vol. 1 is available today for
PlayStation 4 players for £7.99/ €9.99 / $9.99 and will also be readily
available for consumers who have purchased either the Deluxe Edition or Season
Pass. This Vol. 1 pack includes “Nightmare,” where Sewer Gators cameraman Clancy
must craft weapons and ammo to face off against hordes of enemies to survive
until morning. Also included is “Bedroom” where Clancy must figure out how to
get out of a locked bedroom in the Baker family’s plantation and make his escape
but beware – Marguerite Baker won’t be happy if she knows he’s up and out of
bed! Along with both of these scenarios is an infinitely replayable extra game
mode called “Ethan Must Die”, which is an extra tough mode that is separate from
the events of RE7. (Please note that PSVR is not supported in “Ethan Must Die.”)
Following this, Banned Footage Vol. 2 will be available for PlayStation 4 owners
on February 14th at a price of £11.99 / €14.99 / $14.99. In this Vol. 2 pack,
the “banned footage” scenarios include “21” and “Daughters.” Players will need
to gamble with their own life in a deadly game of “21” with Lucas Baker and then
dive deeper into the Baker family’s life before the tragic events of Resident
Evil 7 biohazard in “Daughters.” An extra gameplay mode titled “Jack’s 55th
Birthday” provides a race against the clock as players serve up the Daddy of the
family, Jack Baker, with tons of treats for his special celebration. (Please
note that PSVR is not supported in “Jack’s 55th Birthday.”)
Banned Footage Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 will be available to purchase for all other
platforms on February 21st. Deluxe Edition and Season Pass owners will get the
Banned Footage contents as they release per above and an additional story
episode with more details to come. Finally, in spring 2017, all players will
have access to the free “Not a Hero” content, introducing players to a new
separate storyline away from Ethan’s saga in the main game.
Garages tend to get cluttered, but the garage here at the BlueTower was
particularly bad, because it cannot actually be used for cars. I know that
sounds bizarre, but it's in the backyard with no driveway. Apparently the guy
who built this house built it first and used it as a workshop for his
construction, but that still doesn't satisfactorily explain why he didn't make
this so it can be properly used. Anyway, we recently decided to clear the
"garage" (storage shed?) of junk, and it's much more organized now. Some of this
stuff cannot go in the trash, including a set of tires, so until someone comes
to haul away, it all has to live in the backyard. Naturally I took advantage of
this, and used the junk to create a robot. I haven't gotten him to follow
commands yet, but I've been concentrating more on his body than his brain so