Electronic Arts Reports Q3 FY18 Financial Results
. The highlights include
word that over 25 million unique players have played Battlefield 1:
Operating Highlights and Metrics
- Digital net bookings* for the trailing twelve
months was a record $3.375 billion, up 18% year-over-year, and represents
67% of total net bookings for the same period.
- The FIFA community grew to nearly 42 million
players, on console alone, during the calendar year.
- FIFA Mobile added 26 million players to its total
player base in the quarter.
- FIFA Ultimate Team™ player base grew 12%
year-over-year, from launch to the end of the quarter.
- In Star Wars™ Battlefront™ II, nearly 70% of
players engaged in the single-player campaign.
- Battlefield™ 1 now has more than 25 million unique
players life to date.
- The Sims™ 4 player base grew more than 35%
year-over-year and delivered the highest-performing expansion pack to date
during the quarter.
- The Madden Challenge entertainment special on The
CW Network was the #1 esports television broadcast in the U.S. for 2017.
* Net bookings is defined as the net amount of products and services sold
digitally or sold-in physically in the period. Net bookings is calculated by
adding total net revenue to the change in deferred net revenue for
Selected Financial Highlights and Metrics
All financial measures are presented on a GAAP basis.
- Net cash provided by operating activities was $849
- Net cash provided by operating activities for the
trailing twelve months was $1.514 billion.
- During the quarter, EA repurchased 1.4 million
shares for $150 million.
- For the trailing twelve months, EA repurchased 5.6
million shares for $578 million.
from the Wall Street Journal
has word from the hotbed of gaming that EA's
Blake Jorgensen confirms for them the recent
of release date change for Anthem
, but they say this is to
clear the path for a new Battlefield
game in October (thanks
). Thus, he explains this delay is not a delay:
says it is now planning to release "Anthem," an online multiplayer action game
from its BioWare studio, in early 2019 instead of fall 2018 as originally
planned. The company denies a report in videogame site Kotaku earlier this month
claiming the change is due to development being behind schedule. Instead EA is
planning to release a new Battlefield game in October and determined that
Anthem, the new intellectual property, would get more attention if it came out
in a quieter quarter. "It's not a delay," EA's finance chief Blake Jorgensen
tells the WSJ. "People are trying to create a story."
EA bypasses the enthusiast media in favor of the WSJ again as
says Star Wars Battlefront II
sold about 9 million copies,
which is about 10% lower than projected. In spite of the game's loot box
controversies probable role in that shortfall,
reports the Star Wars action game will resume selling loot boxes in
the coming months. "Digital economies have a place, and we will continue to
drive and focus on that," said EA CEO Andrew Wilson during an earnings
conference call. "The teams are working on how that context will apply to the
Battlefront universe, but more on that in the months to come."
have patch notes for a new update that's now live in
, updating Blizzard's multiplayer shooter. This includes World of
Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Deluxe Edition prepurchase bonuses, a bug fix, and
nerfs for both Mercy and Junkrat. Here's word on the nerfs:
- Concussion Mine
- Now will deal less damage to targets farther
away from the explosion’s center
Developer Comments: Junkrat has been enjoying the flexibility his
double-charge Concussion Mine provides, but it has now become a bit too easy to
throw out huge bursts of damage in a large area. With this change he can still
dish out similar damage but he must now be more accurate with his tosses.
- No longer makes Resurrect instant
- No longer grants a bonus Resurrect charge
- The speed bonus Guardian Angel receives when
activating Valkyrie has been decreased by 50%
- Duration reduced from 20 seconds to 15 seconds
Developer Comments: Mercy’s recent Resurrect changes have helped in
allowing enemies to have more counter play in dealing with her, but she was able
to use Resurrect through Valkyrie enough to largely mitigate the impact of the
previous changes. Additionally, we’re toning back the amount of mobility
Valkyrie provides through Guardian Angel and reducing its duration to overall
reduce the power of this ability.
This forum post
open beta testing is underway for DCS World
). Here's a feature list along with system specifications for this
Key features of DCS World 2.5:
- The most realistic Free-to-Play digital
- One-of-a-kind, internally developed graphics
engine that looks amazing from one foot to 80,000 feet.
- Includes a beautiful, free, and highly detailed
map of the Caucasus region that includes Russia and Georgia.
- Includes millions of buildings, millions of km of
usable roads and railways, more than 50 million trees, and 20 fully-equipped
- Includes 156 free and fully operational weapons
systems, 105 ground vehicles, 19 ships and 84 AI-controlled aircraft.
- Fly the TF-51 Mustang and Su-25T attack jet for
- Play all DCS World modules from one DCS World
- State-of-the-art graphics with amazing lighting,
shadows, and performance.
- New breathtaking effects for explosions, clouds,
fog, fire, and smoke.
- Hundreds of land, air- and seaborne AI vehicles.
The world is your sandbox.
- Create your own missions and campaigns for
- Mission generator included that allows rapid
- Enjoy multiplayer with friends, and even fly
together in the same aircraft!
- Purchase and fly the most iconic airplanes and
helicopters from WWII up to the modern day.
- Mouse interactive cockpits for most aircraft and
the most accurate flight models, cockpit systems and sounds available.
- Purchase and fly the most authentic simulations of
the A-10C Warthog, UH-1H Huey, F-86F Sabre, Spitfire, and many others now.
- Exciting new aircraft coming to DCS World like the
F-14 Tomcat, F/A-18C Hornet, F-4E Phantom II, Mi-24P Hind, P-47D
Thunderbolt, and many more!
- Purchase additional high-quality maps such as
Normandy 1944, the Nevada Test and Training Range, and the Persian Gulf.
- Play hundreds of missions and campaigns with new
campaigns continually created.
- Both hardcore realistic and casual gameplay modes
and options available.
Minimum system requirements:
OS 64-bit Windows 7/8/10; DirectX11; CPU: Core i3 at 2.8 GHz; RAM: 8 GB; Free
hard disk space: 60 GB; Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 / ATI R9 280X DirectX11);
requires internet activation.
Recommended system requirements:
OS 64-bit Windows 7/8/10; DirectX11; CPU: Core i5+ at 3+ GHz; RAM: 16 GB; Free
hard disk space: 60 GB on Solid State Drive (SSD); Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
/ ATI R9 Fury DirectX11 or better; Joystick; requires internet
As mentioned in the Overwatch
patch story above, Blizzard is now
World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth pre-purchases
. They are selling
both a Standard Edition and a Digital Deluxe Edition, with the deluxitude of the
latter including in-game goodies for WoW, Overwatch, Hearthstone, StarCraft II,
and Heroes of the Storm.
has details on the next expansion for the long-running MMORPG:
who pre-purchase Battle for Azeroth today can begin their journey to recruit
four of the expansion’s new Allied Races, each representing comrades they’ve
fought alongside on the Broken Isles and Argus in the game’s most recent
expansion, Legion™. Upon winning the respect of an Allied Race by completing
quests and earning reputation, players will unlock the ability to create
characters of that race and set out on a new adventure across Azeroth.† Alliance
players can add the shadow-touched Void elves and valiant Lightforged draenei to
their ranks, while members of the Horde will be able to bring the ancient
Nightborne and noble Highmountain tauren into their faction’s fold—with
additional Allied Races to come in the future.
Pre-purchasing Battle for Azeroth also grants the included level-110 character
boost immediately†, so players can enter the expansion ready to fight on the
front lines of the coming war. Upon Battle for Azeroth’s launch, heroes will be
called upon to seek reinforcements in the seafaring kingdom of Kul Tiras and
troll empire of Zandalar; battle for strategic control of Stromgarde, a new
20-player cooperative Warfront; and embark on Island Expeditions, where bands
from rival factions race to claim resources on treacherous uncharted terrain.
announcement on Steam
has news of two free DLC packs that are now available
for Real Farm
, as they now offer the Potato Pack and the Grünes Tal map.
off the new content, and here's word:
Continue here to read the full story
The Potato pack offers everything you need to grow one of the most popular crops
in the world: potatoes! The pack contains two new harvesters: the Rival PH-4 and
the Rival PH-4X. Next to that there’s five new attachments, to help players sow,
level and cultivate their fields and three new jobs in career mode for players
to complete. To top it off, this permanently free pack also brings three fun
vehicles to the game: The Ebon Q-Bike, the Hercules Sports GT and the Ebon
Sports UV. The Potato Pack is free, because we want to thank you all for playing
Real Farm and sharing your ideas and visions.
Grünes Tal map DLC
This map DLC takes you to a Western European inspired valley called Grünes Tal.
Experience its lush forests, verdant hills and picturesque towns all free of
charge if you own Real Farm before the DLC launches. After that, the DLC costs
€9,99/$9.99. On Steam, you automatically receive the Grünes Tal map DLC once it
launches, if you own the game prior to launch.
It will become a paid DLC if you buy Real Farm after the DLC’s launch. On
PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the map is free to download for 7 days after launch
and becomes a paid DLC after that period.
THQ Nordic announces This is the Police 2
, a sequel to the crowdfunded police
strategy game coming later this year to Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One,
and Switch. An NSFW
offers a look at how this completely departs from expectations
(think Fargo meets the Bad Lieutenant meets the Hasselhoff hamburger tape).
Here's word on the project:
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Welcome to Sharpwood, a remote border town in
the north. It's a rough, cold place, where inhabitants know their neighbors by
name and faithfully keep to their traditions, no matter how barbaric those
traditions might be. Smugglers, gangs and screaming populists have made this
town their home. Despair grows like a cancer, hand in hand with violence.
It’s a hell of a job for the new sheriff, Lilly Reed (voiced by Sarah Hamilton,
of the celebrated adventure saga The Longest Journey). She has to maintain order
and peace even though her subordinates are uncouth men who aren’t used to
receiving commands from a young woman. But everything changes when a mysterious
stranger calling himself Warren Nash appears in Sharpwood. And no one knows what
he'll bring to the town: salvation or perdition.
Just like the first game, This Is the Police 2 is a mixture of adventure and
management genres, and this time it enjoys further unexpected mechanics that
will strengthen both the strategic and tactical parts of the game. It won’t be
enough just managing the equipment of your policemen and keeping in mind their
individual skills. Every challenge requires the player’s direct participation,
and the outcomes will depend on every decision you make. Now your subordinates
aren’t just some resource; they are living people with their own strengths,
weaknesses, fears and prejudices, and you'll have to reckon with all these
things in order to survive.
Paradox Interactive announces a March 8th release date for Hearts of Iron IV:
Waking the Tiger
, the upcoming expansion for their World War II strategy game.
They celebrate the news with a new
feature breakdown trailer
taking a look at the role of China in the add-on. Here's the accompanying text:
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Eighty years ago, the people of China rallied together to fight a
ruthless invader - another in a long line of invaders. For a brief moment, the
post-revolutionary squabbles that followed the end of the imperial line were put
aside to defend the nation. But that is just one possible timeline. History is
not fixed, and Paradox offers you the chance to change it once again with the
release of Hearts of Iron IV: Waking the Tiger on March 8.
Waking the Tiger is the next expansion for Hearts of Iron IV, Paradox
Development Studio’s best-selling World War II grand strategy wargame. With new
focus trees, revised battle systems and new alternate historical paths for the
major Axis powers, Waking the Tiger will shake idle generals from their
now offers the release of Strikers Edge
, a medieval dodgeball game played with
spears, something familiar to those of us old enough to remember
. This is for
Windows and macOS, and there's also a PlayStation 4 edition, with cross-platform
support. Here's a new
along with word on the game and the extra effort it takes to support
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Delivering ultimate “Dodgebrawl” battle experience, Strikers
Edge allows players to choose from a roster of eight ancient warriors from
different eras and civilizations, each with unique abilities, play styles and
strategies. Dodge, take cover, block, aim and scorch the earth with devastating
moves! Fight online or locally across four different arenas and achieve the
ultimate victory in 2v2 matches with a friend or become the best striker in 1v1
battles. When medieval fantasy meets dodgeball, only the top striker will be
Designed not just for players, but also with livestream audiences in mind,
Strikers Edge includes a special Twitch Mode, exclusive for PC. Viewers in chat
can vote on a variety of match modifiers, making for memorable and messy battles
with options such as Slippery Floors or Huge Weapons! Viewers can also
participate during matches by taking on the role of in-game audience members.
Cheer and boo Strikers and see your actions affect matches in progress! For full
details on Strikers Edge’s Twitch Mode, please head
plans to offer a free weekend for Fallout 4
for Windows starting on Thursday. Xbox Live Gold members can try the
post-apocalyptic RPG for free on Xbox One right now, and word is progress from
the free period will carry over for anyone who buys the full game, which is on
sale on each platform:
Forget dieting, or exercise, or any number of New
Year’s resolutions you might’ve made. Instead, focus on the only one that
matters: having more fun. And what’s more fun than playing a game – for free!
From now through January 28, Xbox One players with Xbox Live Gold can try
Fallout 4 for free. PC players will get their chance at the same deal from
February 1 through February 4. If you choose to purchase anything you play
during the Free Weekend, your save data will carry over.
We’re also making it even easier to have more fun with a special sale! During
the free weekends, get up to 50% off the core game, add-ons, Fallout 4 Game of
the Year Edition and more across all participating platforms and retailers. See
the full breakdown of savings below.
Wolfenstein II: The Freedom Chronicles - Episode 2
is now available
, offering more DLC for the alternate-history World War II shooter
sequel. Here's word on The Diaries of Agent Silent Death, which is the second of
three planned DLCs for the game:
Your mission to liberate America from
the Nazis has only just begun. Continue the fight in The Diaries of Agent Silent
Death, the second in a series of three DLC packs available as part of the
Wolfenstein® II: The Freedom Chronicles.
Play as former OSS agent and assassin, Jessica Valiant, AKA Agent Silent Death!
Hot on the trail of a sinister plot, Valiant finds herself in the offices of
Paragon Pictures, Tinseltown film studio turned Nazi propaganda machine. Stalk,
shoot and stab from the shadows in pursuit of your prey in the Diaries of Agent
Only you can overcome the Nazi threat in…The Freedom Chronicles!
has details on Update #4 that's now on the test
servers and is coming soon to the live version of the battle royale shooter.
Word is this includes new anti-cheating tech: "Players, as with the last patch,
a new type of anti-cheat solution, which is still under development, is to be
applied on the test servers. We are in a test phase with this solution, and its
stability and compatibility need to be verified. We would like to collect data
about potential compatibility issues, analyze it and solve any issues that may
emerge." They also promise Miramar improvements, which may cause players to
stop deleting the map
to avoid having to play on it.
is currently in early access
where access to this Windows and Linux PvP brawler currently costs $9.99 USD.
But developer Frogsong Studios announces this will be officially released as a
free-to-play game in March. You can find more details on the
and in the
following press release:
Indie developer Frogsong Studios today announced
that their debut title, Spellsworn, will move out of Steam Early Access into a
free to play commercial launch this March. Heavily inspired by the WarCraft 3
custom mod, Warlocks, Spellsworn is a competitive PvP arena brawler, featuring
fast-paced spellcasting matches set on a continuously shrinking arena,
encroached by destructive, arcane-powered surroundings.
“The competitive nature of Spellsworn is ideal for a free-to-play business model
and this change in monetization will make it easier for our community to grow
and enjoy the fast paced arena battles through a seamless matchmaking system,”
said Stefan Jonsson, CEO of Frogsong Studios. “We want to stress that only
cosmetic items, like skins and staffs, will be monetized, which will not affect
the gameplay in any way. Players, who acquire Spellsworn before the launch, are
in for a treat as they will be granted six unique items, two of which will be
exclusive to the Early Acces owners only!”
In Spellsworn, players rely upon tactics and quick reflexes to outsmart and
obliterate opponents, using a well thought out combination of spells across five
different disciplines: offensive, defensive, area, utility, and travel. Players
battle it out in teams or free-for-all over intense five-round matches for up to
eight players. Between each round the magic arsenal can be customized by buying,
selling or upgrading spells to switch up the play style and mess with the minds
of rival wizards. The magic mayhem reaches another level once the hazardous
environment begins wreaking havoc on the playable field, causing damage over
time to each player pushed off of the arena. With an ever-changing environment
that poses as much of a threat as the enemy, adaptation is just as important as
a quick hand and mind. In a world gripped by a war of magic, only the skilled
and strong will be victorious!
New World Interactive offers
this new teaser trailer
from Insurgency: Sandstorm
, the upcoming installment in the shooter series
that's coming to Windows and consoles later this year. Word is the game "brings
extended gameplay possibilities, improved immersion, and new co-op and versus
objective-based game modes," and the clip comes along with further details:
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across a modern battlefield utilizing gameplay mechanics that blur the lines
between reality and shooter - split second decisions will mean life or death
for you and your team. Each weapon has unique ballistic calculations that take
into account things like bullet drop and penetration power. Choose to drop
magazines for faster reloads in dangerous situations, carefully open doors to
keep quiet, or bash doors down with a shoulder charge, and much more.
Participate in large-scale battles in up to 16-versus-16 skirmishes with
artillery barrages, helicopter gunships, repurposed commercial drones, air
strikes, and drivable land transport vehicles. Battle across expansive maps with
interiors to breach and high-value objectives to control with your team. Each
map’s size and play areas are adjusted specifically for each game mode and can
also be played in co-op against bots.
Like its predecessor, Insurgency: Sandstorm rewards teamwork and objective
play over personal success. Players will also finally see long awaited
features such as character customization, ranked matchmaking, and many more.
now offers Your Royal Gayness
, an indie adventure game which, as the title implies,
includes sexual diversity among its themes. "The subject of Your Royal Gayness
is very personal to me. I'm a queer woman and while I'm fortunate to have lived
in a very accepting environment, discrimination and LGBT+ issues aren't new to
me," says the lead developer Salli Loikkanen. "Even though Your Royal Gayness is
'just a game,' I hope that in some small way it can spread awareness about gay
issues." This trailer
a look, and the announcement includes more details:
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Your Royal Gayness is
a management game with a focus on the story. The player is Prince Amir in a
fairytale kingdom which he manages while his parents are away. However, pesky
princesses try to compete for his affections, which he couldn't care less for
because he is a gay.
The gameplay consists of three main parts. The audience phase, where player is
presented with problems of his kingdom and needs to make challenging decisions
that affect the resources. The management phase where you give orders to your
advisors and the event phase where anything can happen.
During the game, player’s choices shape the path of Prince Amir as the ruler.
The player can also craft the Prince’s own hilarious excuses for him to avoid
marriage. Randomized events and diverse selection of in-game characters create a
strong replay value
“Even though Your Royal Gayness has a serious background message, the game is
far from being serious. Humorous writing from industry professionals make sure
that everyone with ‘a queer sense of humour’ will love the game! For example,
the Prince Reports screen looks suspiciously like a certain gay dating app”,
The tow-dude came by with a very awesome truck early yesterday to collect MrsBlue's
ailing car. The good news was he was able to start it with his pro jumper, so
there may be something wrong with the one I tried. This suggested it was simply
a dead battery, and the kind of extreme cold we've been getting lately is known
to cause batteries to die prematurely. But
since there was a concern that the alternator may be the culprit, we let him take it off for service anyway.
Turned out it was just the battery. And in spite of the fact that the dead
battery has "Honda 100 month warranty" emblazoned across the top, it was not
actually covered, as we were informed this only applies to the original
purchaser of the battery, which was the previous owner of the car. Anyway, it
all could have been much worse, so it's good news that it's all worked out.