Electronic Arts Reports Q3 FY19 Financial Results
has the company's results
for the period ending December 31, 2018. It can sometimes be difficult to tell
whether such reports are positive or negative through the spin, but EA CEO
Andrew Wilson comes right out and admits this was a "difficult quarter" for the
“The video game industry continues to grow through a year of
intense competition and transformational change,” said CEO Andrew Wilson. "Q3
was a difficult quarter for Electronic Arts and we did not perform to our
expectations. We are now applying the strengths of our company to sharpen our
execution and focus on delivering great new games and long-term live services
for our players. We’re very excited about Apex Legends, the upcoming launch of
Anthem, and a deep line-up of new experiences that we’ll bring to our global
communities next fiscal year."
"FIFA stands out as a robust franchise through a tumultuous year in the video
game industry,” said COO and CFO Blake Jorgensen. “Elsewhere in the business,
we’re making adjustments to improve execution and we’re refocusing R&D. Looking
forward, we’re delighted to launch Anthem, our new IP, to grow Apex Legends and
related Titanfall experiences, to deliver new Plants vs. Zombies and Need for
Speed titles, and to add Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order to our sports titles in
A new video titled What
Happened to Left 4 Dead 3
attempts to answer this question about the co-op
zombie shooter sequel. The clip is the latest output of the Valve News Network,
devoted to divining the mysteries of what Valve is doing to make up for the company's Sphinx-like communication
skills. In this case, that tight-lipped nature
means the game was never announced in the first place, so they first must recap all
the leaks and other evidence that a third Left 4 Dead game was actually in the works.
They also have details on what the new game was like, noting that gameplay was
so different from the first two L4D games that it probably would have carried an
entirely different title to avoid upsetting fans. This involved impactful
character choices, a branching storyline, and asymmetrical multiplayer that
mixed players using traditional monitors with those using virtual reality. Their
understanding is that sometime in late 2016, early 2017 the project caused a
split in the company between those who wanted L4D3 (or whatever they would have
called it) to be the first true showcase game for Source Engine 2 and those who
just wanted to, like so many other developers, just use Epic's Unreal Engine.
The argument against completing Source 2 was that even if they put in the time
and effort required to finish the new version of the game engine, it would still
be so poorly optimized that the game would be too bloated to release on
consoles. Word is this engine choice conundrum was the game's undoing, as no
consensus could be found: "It's done. No one's working on it. They couldn't
reach an agreement. And so the entire game just fell apart due to lack of any
kind of help on this version of the game." Here's the sad conclusion they draw:
"But Left 4 Dead 3 was cancelled in late 2016 or early 2017 because the team
couldn't make a decision on exactly what engine they were going to continue
developing. And so an almost finished game, only needing the final pass of art
and voice acting, was cancelled, and never to be seen again. That sucks." Continue here to read the full story
Ubisoft announces an open beta test for Anno 1800
will run from April
12-14. Here's word:
Today UBISOFT® revealed that the Open Beta for Anno
1800 will take place from April 12 to April 14 on Windows PC.
Anno 1800 combines beloved features from 20 years of Anno history, delivering a
rich city-building experience, including a story-based campaign, a highly
customizable sandbox mode, and the classic Anno multiplayer experience. Anno
1800 will see the return of highly requested features such as individual AI
opponents, shippable trade goods, randomly generated maps, multi-session
gameplay, items and more.
Anno 1800 will release worldwide on April 16, 2019 on Windows PC. Players who
pre-order Anno 1800 will receive the Imperial Pack containing extra content for
the game. Digital Deluxe and Pioneers Editions owners will have access to
exclusive content including the Anarchist character.
To get the latest information regarding the Open Beta click here:
For more information about Anno, please visit:
that all For Honor
players currently have access to
the four the Wu Lin Heroes from Marching Fire, even if they don't own the
expansion for the melee action game. This trial lasts for a week, during which
time the add-on is on sale for half-price for those who want permanent access to
this Wu Lin Clan:
Marching Fire was the biggest update to For Honor since
launch, introducing four new Heroes – Tiandi (Vanguard), Nuxia (Assassin),
Shaolin (Hybrid), and Jiang Jun (Heavy) – as part of the new Wu Lin faction.
Access to these Heroes is usually only given to players who purchased the
Marching Fire expansion, or who chose to unlock them with in-game Steel, but
they'll soon be available for everyone for a limited time. During the Hero
trial, from February 5 at 8:00AM EST until February 12 at 8:00AM EST, all four
Wu Lin Heroes will be free for all For Honor players.
If you're enjoying your time with the Wu Lin Heroes and want to unlock them all
permanently – and get access to the ever-changing PvE Arcade mode – the Marching
Fire expansion will available for a 50% discount during the Hero Trial period.
For more on For Honor, check out
Paradox Interactive announces April 25th as the release date for Imperator:
, their upcoming toga-clad grand strategy game. You may have to wait that
long to play it, but you can pay for it right now, as they are accepting
, though there are no incentives for doing so. The release date is
part of a new story
, and the following announcement:
Continue here to read the full story
The consuls and eldest
citizens, having gathered in the Temple of Saturn to seek the favor of the gods,
consulted the college of augurs to determine the most fortunate date to launch
the new venture. After making the appropriate sacrifices, the augurs decreed
that that the Gods find ante diem octavum Kalendas Aprilis, ad urba condita 2772
to be the luckiest date.
For the more barbarian of you, this means that Paradox is announcing that
Imperator: Rome will be available on 25 April, 2019. The game may be pre-ordered
at the Paradox store and other major online retailers starting at $39.99.
Imperator: Rome is a new historical grand strategy game from Paradox Development
Studio and Johan Andersson. Imperator drops you into the classical world a
decade after the death of Alexander the Great. Govern hundreds of ancient
kingdoms, tribes and republics, expanding your glory while keeping disloyal
governors and unhappy subjects in their place.
Features of Imperator: Rome include:
is now available on
, offering a murder mystery game for Windows and macOS that's not as
noir as the title suggests. The
off the game's distinctive style, which is nostalgic without the use of pixel
art. Here's word on the strange goings on in
Continue here to read the full story
Detective Michael Stone arrives in the small town of Pineview to
assist the local police force with a seemingly simple case - A couple is found
dead in their kitchen. The locals believe it to be a case of murder-suicide,
their speculation fueled by rumors of the turbulent nature of the couple's
Is it just small-town gossip, or is there some truth to the rumors?
Help Detective Stone, assisted by the driven and empathetic Amy Blunt, discover
the truth behind Chris and Diane's story. But be warned: the further he pursues
the case, the more his own past shall come back to haunt him. And the closer his
sanity will be pushed to the edge.
- An emotionally captivating story set in an
immersive and atmospheric game world.
- A wide cast of characters with deep histories,
meaningful motivations and distinct personalities.
- A moving original soundtrack by Micamic (Downfall,
The Cat Lady, Lorelai)
- Pine trees, coffee and rain. Lots of rain.
about the success of yesterday's launch of Apex Legends
Word is the free-to-play battle royale hit the one million player threshold
within the first eight hours of its launch: "I’m so overwhelmed right now,
@PlayApex broke a million unique players in under 8 hours. ❤️❤️❤️ Thank you so
much for showing up and being part of this with @Respawn you are amazing!!"
There's also a
post on reddit
where Respawn recaps the launch. Word is to expect a small
server patch this morning to address stability issues. They are also soliciting
The support and excitement for Apex Legends has been more than we could have
imagined. The whole team is thrilled to see people loving the game as much as we
do. We love the praise, but we also want to hear what could be better. A few
things for example we’d love your feedback on:
- How do weapons feel? Distinct? Samey?
- Do Legend abilities feel effective?
- Are you finding loot quickly enough? Is ammo too
hard to find? Is a type of ammo feel to scarce?
- What areas of the game could be explained better?
- What do you wish Apex had that it doesn’t
- What are your favorite cosmetics?
from The Walking Dead Game
says to expect the final installment in
this episodic series on March 26th. This game is being completed by Skybound
Entertainment after the demise
Telltale. The tweet points the way to
on the topic which also mentions console gamers can expect
physical releases at that time:
It’s hard to believe Clem’s journey is
coming to an end. Just like you guys, we’re struggling to grasp the fact that
the journey is almost over. But we’re so ready and thankful to have all of you
alongside us as the story comes to a dramatic close. As you play through Broken
Toys, the recently released Episode 3 of The Final Season of Telltale’s The
Walking Dead, we’re preparing for the concluding episode of the series and have
some news to share…
We’re excited to announce that when Episode 4, Take Us Back, launches on March
26th, we’ll be releasing a physical boxed edition that includes the entire Final
Season for Xbox One, PS4, and Switch. This version will be available at all
major retailers, including right here in the Skybound Shop. So, for fans looking
for a great gift to give, or to actually hold the final chapters of Clem’s story
in your hands, well, you’ll soon have that chance!
now offers new version
19.2.1 Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition Windows drivers for AMD graphics
cards. As seen in
, these include support for Apex Legends
Division 2 Private Beta
, and Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
. Here's more:
- APEX Legends™
- The Division™ 2 Private Beta
- Assassin’s Creed™: Odyssey
- Up to 5% performance improvement with AMD
Radeon™ Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.2.1 on a Radeon™ RX Vega 64.
- Battlefield™ V players may experience character
outlines stuck on screen after being revived.
- Radeon Settings may fail to install while doing a
software update on some Hybrid Graphics system configurations.
- Some displays may experience a loss of video when
launching a fullscreen application with Radeon FreeSync enabled.
- Anthem™ may experience a white screen or
corruption while playing or launching the game.
- Radeon Settings may experience a crash if the user
changes tabs quickly with a very large game list.
- Fixed an issue where Radeon Settings update
notifications may suggest older driver releases to upgrade to.
- HDMI Underscan settings may not retain after
- Radeon ReLive may intermittently experience
captured recordings or Instant Replays with inverted colors.
Battle Brothers Website announces
a new paid DLC pack called
Warriors of the North
is coming to this turn-based, tactical RPG. They say
we should expect another blog post this week to discuss the project further. In
the meantime they offer the following details, promising the premium DLC will be
accompanied by a free update for the base game:
As the name suggests, the
focus of the DLC will be on introducing a new human faction hailing from the
north. This faction follows the old ways of raiding and sacrificing prisoners to
cruel gods. They’ll bring more regional flavor to the northern parts of the map,
as well as a different challenge to fighting brigands in the north at every
stage of the game. This DLC will be focused on new content, and it will be
smaller in scope than ‘Beasts & Exploration’. This also means that you won’t
have to wait quite as long until you can play it!
Here’s the rough list of features we’re aiming for:
- A variety of new human opponents with their own
fighting style and equipment, providing a fresh challenge at every stage of
the game, including the late game
Different origins to pick for your company, each with different starting
characters, equipment and circumstances, as well as special rules that
impact your campaign from beginning to end
- New nordic and rus inspired banners, armors and
- A new legendary location
- New contracts
- New events
In addition to these major features, the DLC will also include countless
smaller additions. Just like in the past, we’ll explain all major features and
most minor ones in detail in future dev blogs as we go along, so you’ll always
know what we’re working on and why. We expect to be finished within the next few
months and will announce a release date and final feature list once we’re closer
to the finish line.
Alongside the DLC, which will not be free, the game will also receive a sizable
free update again. This update will contain a whole bunch of improvements,
quality-of-life features and balancing changes, as well as some minor content
we'll be able to bring home the Beacon
this month, as
their action game is set to enter Early Access on February 27th. The game is
already available in extremely early access
, and they say there's
a new patch today for owners of that version. The Steam release will carry a 10% launch discount, and
they offer this trailer
for a look at what to expect along with an Early Access roadmap. Here's word on
Continue here to read the full story
Beacon follows the journey of space privateer, Freja Akiyama,
on her endless search for her crashed ship’s emergency distress beacon. In your
search you’ll not only find weapons and items to help you; you’ll also be
collecting DNA from the enemies you defeat. When you inevitably die, you’re
given the opportunity to integrate the DNA you've collected into your genome,
allowing you to alter your statistics and gain gameplay-altering physical
mutations for your next clone's life.
In the search for the Beacon, new questions arise; just how many clones of Freja
are there? How long has she been stuck in an infinite cycle of survival? How
much of her humanity will be sacrificed before escaping?
Ars Technica - Apex Legends, Anthem, and EA’s (possible) February disaster.
"The news picked up steam over the weekend, and a tweet in the middle of
the Super Bowl confirmed it: Apex Legends was a real game. Yes, it was a
free-to-play battle royale shooter from the makers of Titanfall, set in the
Titanfall universe. However, it doesn't have any of the series' trademark
wall-running (what?) or massive robot-armor suits (WHAT?). Sure enough, this
game was launching on Monday, February 4, for free on PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
If you're wondering, that's less than three weeks before Bioware's
sprawling, sci-fi team-combat game Anthem hits stores.
I've since put Respawn's new game through as many paces as I could in its
single day of existence. Before getting into that, I'd like to dig into the
absolutely bizarre fact that, yes, EA is once again positioning a major
Titanfall-themed title within the launch window of another massive video
game. What is going on?"
Happy Lunar New Year! Today kicks off the Spring Festival as the Year of the Pig
begins according to the traditional Chinese calendar. Specifically it's now the
Year of the Earth Pig as we bid a fond fondue to the Year of the Dog. Of course,
it will be weeks before I stop writing Year of the Dog on my checks. That is
especially appropriate, though. As I mentioned last year, it's always the year
of the dog here at the BlueTower (the Gunnar-man approves this message).