June 10, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

E3 began in earnest yesterday afternoon with the EA Play event, which meant a new and much more extensive look at BioWare’s sci-fi shooter, Anthem. Though the game definitely brought it on the gameplay level and talked a big game about its story, the most important question for many a BioWare fan was who they would be able to romance in this new IP. The answer to that question came soon after thanks to the Game Informer cover reveal, and it turns out that it’s no one. There are no characters for the player to romance in Anthem, something that…

June 10, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Nearly five years to the day since its announcement, Kingdom Hearts 3’s release date for PS4 and Xbox One has finally been revealed just ahead of E3 2018. Square Enix will make Kingdom Hearts 3 available on the PS4 and Xbox One on January 29, 2019. It will be released five days earlier in Japan on Jan. 25, 2019. Kingdom Hearts 3 had previously been scheduled for 2018. Franchise director Tetsuya Nomura apologized for the slightly delayed release date both at the concert and online. “We’ve announced the release day for KINGDOM HEARTS III ahead of E3 at the KINGDOM…

June 9, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

EA’s E3 2018 showcase might not have had a whole lot of surprise reveals, but it certainly had a very important message that permeated through the conference. At times, EA said and showed things that seemed to point towards a publisher and developer who has learned a lot of lessons from a very rough 2017, a lot of which is thanks to the controversy surrounding loot boxes and games as services. However, its silence in other portions, specifically when it came to sports games, sent a mixed message. One of the defining news stories of 2017 revolved around the drama…

June 9, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Anthem will not have a player-vs-player mode at launch and will require an online connection to play, executive producer Mark Darrah confirmed on Twitter Saturday. After EA debuted new gameplay footage of Anthem at its EA Play event, Darrah took to Twitter to answer fan questions. “You need to be online to play,” Darrah answered to a Twitter user. When asked if Anthem would feature PvP modes, Darrah responded “no PvP at launch.” Continue reading…Powered by WPeMatico

June 9, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

EA’s E3 2018 press conference kicked off on Saturday, June 9 at 11am PT in Los Angeles with tons of teasers, news, announcements, and trailers for new and returning games. Besides sports staples like FIFA, the biggest highlights included some Battlefield 5 teases, Anthem gameplay, new Battlefront 2 content, a brand new Star Wars game, and a surprise indie game launch. Below you’ll find a breakdown of all the major announcements from EA’s E3 2018 press conference and where to watch all the new trailers and gameplay demos shown off. Watch EA’s E3 2018 Press Conference Continue reading…Powered by WPeMatico

June 9, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

EA announced a push toward streamed gaming at its E3 conference today. That comes hot on the heels of the very unexpected release of Resident Evil 7: Cloud Version, an exclusively streamed version of a game that assumedly wouldn’t have been able to run on the Switch’s hardware natively. Together, these releases paint a strange and somewhat scary vision of the possible future of gaming. Especially when taken alongside Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot recent comments that the next console generation would be the last, that future starts to seem even more believable. Guillemot said he thinks “streaming will become more…

June 9, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

A hallmark of BioWare games won’t be making it into Anthem, as the developer confirmed there will be no romances in the game. Revealed by GameInformer, lead producer Mike Gamble has said: “There are no romances. There are friendships. Some of the stuff we did with Mass Effect – the Citadel DLC specifically – there was a lot of friendship moments. You and Garrus sitting up, shooting – that kind of stuff, we want to lean into that. The romantic stuff, we’re moving away from that for Anthem.” There are relationships created in the course of the game, but they won’t…

June 9, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

After 2017, it’s safe to say EA had to come out swinging. Mass Effect: Andromeda was a disaster, and EA followed that up with the loot box controversies of Need for Speed and, of course, the Star Wars: Battlefront II. 2018 is about EA trying to win back trust.So for the second year in a row, we trekked out to Hollywood and the historic Palladium Theater on a hot Saturday to attend EA’s press conference and see what the company has in store. Battlefield V, Anthem, and—finally—Madden on the PC!To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

June 9, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Anthem is a smorgasbord of water cooler moments. At least, that’s how I felt when we were invited to BioWare Edmonton to spend a day with the development team, learning as much as we could about Anthem. I’ll be honest, I know pieces of what Anthem is going to become when it’s finally finished and released on February 22, 2019 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. But like everyone outside of BioWare, the whole that all those parts amount to is still something of a mystery. But here’s what I know. Anthem is an incredible buffet of stuff you know…

June 9, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

During EA’s press conference today at E3, the company announced Origin Access Premier, a new, premium tier for its existing PC subscription service. Origin Access Premier subscribers will have full access to new EA games ahead of their scheduled release dates. This includes access to Anthem on February 15, 2019; Battlefield V on October 11; Madden NFL 19 on August 2; and FIFA 19 on September 20. The new subscription tier launches this summer for $15 per month or $100 per year, compared to $5 per month or $30 per year for Origin Access Basic. Origin Access Premier will also include…