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Sunday, Jun 11, 2017

The Evil Within 2 and Wolfenstein Leaks?

This post on NeoGAF shows an ad for The Evil Within 2 they say was appearing for a while on Reddit. Since such text ads just look like other Reddit posts, this wouldn't be that hard to fake, but the posters there and PCGamesN are convinced it is legit, and that the official announcement of the horror sequel will be part of Bethesda's E3 presentation. Speaking of Bethesda, PCGamesN also notes another possible leak, saying an ad for Wolfenstein: The New Colossus appeared on Amazon for a while before being pulled. If a new game in the WW2 shooter series is announced, it will make good on rumors that first popped up a couple of years ago. We'll know soon enough, as Bethesda's E3 presser is tonight, or technically tomorrow for us east-coasters, as it's conveniently slated for midnight eastern time.

Origin Access Free This Week

Origin Access is currently free to all, allowing the chance to sample this subscription service that allows access to EA games on Origin. This offer expires in eight days, and it's not clear if this can be combined with the seven-day free trials they have offered for some time now. Thanks DSOGaming, where they offer warnings on how to avoid ending up getting charged for this.

A Way Out Announced

Electronic Arts announces A Way Out, a co-op only adventure game coming to Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 early next year. The game is in development at Hazelight, creators of Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons, and it is described as story-driven, kicking off with an attempt to break out of prison. Here is the official reveal trailer, while this trailer features gameplay footage, and a narration explaining things from Josef Fares. The A Way Out website is already online, and here is the announcement:
Today Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA), in partnership with Hazelight, announced A Way Out, a new EA Originals game coming to players from the creative minds behind the critically-acclaimed indie title, Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons. Coming early 2018, A Way Out is a co-op only game uniquely tailored for two players to work together no matter the situation. Through a compelling narrative, Leo and Vincent will embark on an emotional adventure, where they will live some memorable action moments that they will face together including car chases, stealth passages, melee fights, shootouts and many more.

“Josef and his team at Hazelight represent everything that EA Originals stands for,” said Patrick Soderlund, Executive Vice President of EA Worldwide Studios. “They are a small and very talented group with a vision and passion for a game that is truly unique in the video game industry. A Way Out is going to surprise people with its innovative co-op gameplay and the way it tells an emotional story solely through these two characters.”

“This game is going to bring a co-op experience unlike anything you have ever seen before,” said Josef Fares, Writer and Director at Hazelight. “The idea for A Way Out came when me and a friend tried to find a story driven co-op game that wasn’t a drop-in/drop-out experience. We simply could not find a game like that. We’re also bringing an innovative look into how to tell the story of both these characters. Players will be immersed in the game with the way we change the display from a full screen experience seamlessly to different cinematic split-screen formats. By focusing on the two characters in different ways, it opens up a huge variety of gameplay, as we really wanted to avoid repetitions so they will get to know the characters through very different situations.”

The story of A Way Out begins in prison with two separate inmates, Leo and Vincent, who don’t know each other. While their individual stories progress, players will have to build a relationship based on trust as they break both men out of prison into the world beyond. This co-op only experience is meant to be played together with a friend on a couch or online.

A Way Out is being developed by Hazelight and will be available as a digital download in early 2018 on PC via Origin, Xbox One and PlayStation® 4. For more information on the game, head to http://www.awayoutgame.com .
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Anthem Revealed

EA reveals Anthem is the new project in the works at BioWare, saying this is an outgrowth of a new SEED program, which is named for their new "Search for Extraordinary Experiences Division." They offer this trailer about SEED, and an Anthem teaser site has an Anthem teaser trailer that cranks up the Inception booms. They promise a full trailer for this later today. In the meantime, here's the description from the tease: "In Anthem™, a new game from EA's BioWare studio, explore a landscape of primeval beauty, confront the dangers you find, and grow in power with every step." Continue here to read the full story.

Star Wars Battlefront II May Feature Microtransactions

The Star Wars Battlefront II EA Play trailer leaked yesterday disappeared shortly after it was mentioned, as is the way with leaks. Here it is for real, and if it gets yoinked now it's because EA put in a DMCA complaint on themselves. The clips shows off gameplay and some cinematics that look better than some of the CGI from the prequel trilogy. GamesIndustry.biz also has details on how content in the game will be unlocked. Apparently the battlepass that caused controversy in the previous game is not part of the plan here, as all DLC for the game is to be free. But they do note there's a likelihood that the game will be adding microtransactions:
EA also mentioned Star Wars Battlefront II will introduce a new system for unlocking content such as weapons and customisations called Battlepoints. While you will be able to earn this in-game, there will almost certainly be microtransactions that will help the publisher offset the lack of revenue generated by a season pass.
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Battlefield 1: In the Name of the Tsar in September

EA showed off Battlefield 1 at EA Play, offering a new trailer from In the Name of the Tsar, saying the Tsar Wars expansion for the World War I shooter is coming in September. They also unleash a trenchful of details on further plans for the game in what they are calling a summer of Battlefield:
At EA PLAY, we revealed a slew of Battlefield™ 1 news.

  • Later in June, owners of Battlefield 1 Premium Pass or Battlefield 1 They Shall Not Pass will get access to the Nivelle Nights map, followed by the Prise de Tahure map in July.
  • On the back of the release of Prise de Tahure, we’ll begin Premium Trials. When active, Premium Trials will give all players access to maps exclusive to Battlefield 1 Premium Pass owners. Furthermore, Premium Friends will be available until Gamescom. Premium Friends lets Premium Pass owners bring their friends in to play on the new maps their friends normally can’t access.
  • Battlefield 1 In the Name of the Tsar – the most extensive Battlefield expansion pack so far – will release in September.
  • The third expansion pack, Turning Tides, will be released in December 2017, followed by Apocalypse in early 2018.
  • We’re very excited to bring a competitive experience to the 20 million players of Battlefield 1 and can’t wait to share more with you, our community, at Gamescom in August.
  • The CTE (Community Test Environment) will be available on consoles soon. The CTE is a Battlefield 1 environment where involved players can help us test new features, improved/changed content, and experiments that aren’t yet (and may never be) ready for public release.

Make sure to login to Battlefield 1 frequently during the following weeks to catch all events and giveaways. Here’s what’s coming up in-game in the first part of the Summer:

  • 2XP event: Get double XP between June 10 – 11 to rank up faster.
  • Scraps giveaway: Earn 50 extra Scraps each day you login between June 10 – 11.
  • Battlepack giveaway: Login between June 10 – 11 and get a free Battlepack.
  • “Call to Action” mission: Play, complete, and win 3 matches of Operations between June 10 and June 18. The “Bronze” Dog Tag and a Squad XP Boost await those who succeed.
  • And yes, this is only the beginning. Stay tuned for more updates.

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Steam Top 10

Here's this week's list of last week's bestselling games on Steam:

  1. PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
  2. TEKKEN 7
  3. Friday the 13th: The Game
  4. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  5. Northgard
  6. Grand Theft Auto V
  7. H1Z1: King of the Kill
  8. Football Manager 2017
  9. TEKKEN 7
  10. Rising Storm 2: Vietnam

Hardware Reviews

  • ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero Motherboard on Bjorn3D.com.
  • ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 OC Edition 8GB 11Gbps Video Card on Bjorn3D.com.
  • Creative MUVO 2 Portable Water-resistant Bluetooth Speaker with Built-in MP3 Player on Mad Shrimps.
  • Streacom FC8 Alpha mini-ITX chassis on Bjorn3D.com.
  • XFX RX 460 4GB Heatsink Edition Graphics Card on Bjorn3D.com.
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