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…

June 9, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

At EA Play today, EA announced that NBA Live will be released on PS4 and Xbox One on September 7. A trailer shown during the conference featured the return of The One, the career mode introduced in NBA Live 18. This time around, a trailer showed off new features including building a squad to take on the road. For more on NBA Live, read IGN’s NBA Live 18 review. Andrew is IGN’s executive editor of news and is not very good at basketball. You can find him rambling about Persona and cute animals on Twitter.Continue reading…Powered by WPeMatico

June 9, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

At EA Play today, EA revealed that Sea of Solitude will be released in early 2019. Sea of Solitude is developed by Jo-Mei and is the next title in the EA Originals lineup, which EA uses to publish smaller titles by independent developers. Previous EA Originals titles include Fe by Zoink Games and A Way Out from Hazelight. EA first announced that Sea of Solitude would join the EA Originals lineup back in 2016, though today was our most significant look at gameplay in a new trailer. For more, read about why you shouldn’t dismiss EA Originals as well as…

June 9, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

At EA Play, EA revealed Unravel 2 and announced that it will be available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC today. The sequel focuses on co-op mechanics (although it’s playable by one or two players) with an additional blue Yarny and is once again developed by Coldwood Interactive and published by EA. There’s also an evil turkey, which is pretty great. EA first teased an Unravel sequel back in 2016. Unravel 2 is, of course, a follow-up to Unravel, which EA released in 2015. For much more on the original, read IGN’s Unravel review. Continue reading…Powered by WPeMatico

June 9, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

At EA Play today, EA revealed that the next content season for Star Wars Battlefront 2 will focus on Clone Wars. A new Geonosis map will be added, including the largest level ever in Battlefront. Battlefront will also add playable heroes including Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Count Dooku, and General Grievous. EA has been teasing a Clone Wars season for months. The next big update for Star Wars Battlefront 2 arrives next week, with new content focused on Solo as well as the return of Extraction mode. For much more, read all the details on Battlefront 2’s Solo content. Continue…

June 9, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

I’m stepping through a portal on the heels of a young elf woman who looks roughly my own age, or at least as close as you get when you’re dealing with a race that thinks of our pitiful lifespan like we think of dog years. And it’s your normal, everyday magical portal—no big deal, right? But on the other side of the portal I face a woman racked with the lines and worries of a wasted life. I hear her despair at seeing my relatively young face. And yes, it’s her: The trip through the portal felt like seconds for…

June 8, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Stay on top of the latest tech with PCWorld’s Digital Magazine. Available as single copies or as a monthly subscription, it highlights the best content from PCWorld.com—the most important news, the key product reviews, and the most useful features and how-to stories—in a curated Digital Magazine for Android and iOS, as well for the desktop and other tablet readers.In the June issue This month we have all the news from Google I/O: Android P beta, huge Maps overhaul, Google Assistant gets personal. Our review of the Windows 10 April 2018 update reveals small fixes now, hinting at better things to come.Other…