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Highlights of EA’s 2016 E3 Press Conference

E3 is here again ladies and gentlemen, and kicking it off this year was Electronic Arts.  Their (not) press conference this year was titled EA Play, and it had quite a few strong moments, and some not as strong.  For this post, I’m just going to focus on the highlights of their presser; what that amounts to is that I’ll be skipping over the sports, mobile, and DLC talk.

1. Titanfall 2 get’s amazing trailers for both it’s singleplayer and multiplayer modes

Titanfall was a big success when it launched in early 2014, and Respawn is looking to improve upon its strengths for the game’s sequel that is coming this fall.  Vince Zampella, one of the founder’s of Respawn and original creator of Call of Duty, took the stage to first give gamers a brief look at the game’s multiplayer.  Zampella announced that the sequel would feature six additional titan classes, and the trailer showcased many new additions to multiplayer including grappling hooks, magnet grenades, teleportation pads, and new titan abilities including a ground pound and a massive laser attack.

Next, Zampella spoke about the singleplayer that they have added for the sequel.  He said it will expand the narrative of Titanfall and explore the distinct link between Titan and it’s Pilot.  The campaign will follow Titan BT-7274 and rifleman Jack Cooper, who link together based on battlefield necessity rather than choice after BT’s original pilot dies.  Respawn announced their will be a multiplayer stress test later this summer, before the game launches on October 28th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

2. Mass Effect Andromeda looks great, but still seems far off

Bioware took the stage at the conference to talk about Mass Effect Andromeda, the long in development next entry into the Mass Effect franchise.  The team didn’t have much to share, but gave eager fans a two minute long trailer that was partially gameplay, partially cinematics, and partially behind the scenes work.  EA said they will reveal more about the game this Fall, but the lack of a gameplay demo or cinematics puts serious doubt into my mind that this game will launch in it’s current March 2017 launch window.  What we saw however was great.  The player will explore new worlds on their ship, The Tempest, that are filled with new races and seemingly some familiar ones as well, with an Asari and Krogan being visible in the trailer.

3. A lot of EA studios are working on Star Wars.

EA has the Star Wars license for the foreseeable future and are making the most out of it.  Next year, EA revealed we will see a sequel to Battlefront, and the following year we will see the release of Amy Hennig’s long in development title from Visceral Games (developers of Dead Space and Battlefield Hardlines).  Respawn is also working on their own third-person action adventure game of Star Wars that has God of War III director Sitg Asmussen in the lead.  It looks like, if the mo-cap footage was saw was any indication, that it will focus on Jedi.  Jade Raymond (former Assassin’s Creed lead developer) and her studio in Canada, Motive, are assiting in development of Visceral’s Star Wars title and next year’s Battlefront which is being developed by DICE.  On top of all of that, Criterion, best known for the Burnout franchise, are apparently working on Star Wars Battlefront VR missions for Playstation VR.  Below is EA’s video on their Star Wars games, including a brief glimpse at gameplay from Visceral’s game.

4. Battlefield 1 wows with massive battlegrounds and Zepplin crashes.

DICE closed the show by showing off their WWI shooter, Battlefield 1.  In the trailers and gameplay sessions that followed we were shown new footage of some incredible spectacle moments including dog fights in single engine “Red Baron”-esc planes, tank and artillery in action, and zepplins being flow and crashed.  The level-ution that was so highly touted in Battlefield 4 seems to be back to a certain degree, as the zepplin crashed in the sleepy French village around which the two teams were fighting.  My descriptions do not even do it justice, so watch both the trailer and gameplay footage I was able to find below.

And those are the best moments from EA’s E3 press conference.  What was your favorite moments?  Anything you wish we would have seen but didn’t?  Let me know in the comments below!

by, Bobby Marquardt

 

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Play Titanfall on PC for free as part of Origin’s new Game Time program

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EA is introducing another great program to Origin called Game Time.  This program will give gamers a 48 hour free trial of a major AAA title, with the first being Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall.  Gamers will have access to Titanfall for a full 48 hours once they start the game.    “The Origin Game Time clock begins the moment you start the game for the first time, and ticks down in realtime.” EA’s Craig Harris writes “Whether you’re fighting your friends or taking a break, the Game Time clock will continue to run.”

The program starts this weekend, with Harris saying the weekend will be great for old and new players alike. “Origin Game Time will bring new Pilots into the fight – help your teammates or swoop in for some easy points.”  Those who play on this trial will also be able to carry forward their progress into the full game, should they choose to purchase it once the trial runs out.  No word on how long Titanfall will be the featured game for this program, so get in on this now.  Titanfall is easily the best multiplayer game out this year, with crisp and fine-tuned gameplay that I raved over in my review.  Simply put, give Titanfall a try.

by, Bobby Marquardt

PS4, Watch Dogs, and Mario Kart 8 lead strong May US sales

WATCH_DOGS™_20140531174442The May NPD sales numbers are in for the US, and the results may surprise you.  On the hardware side, the number one selling console, for the fifth straight month, was the PlayStation 4.  While the PS4 and Xbox One were obviously still in high demand, other consoles were not slouch either.  “Much of May 2014’s hardware growth was due to Xbox One and PS4, there was also year-over-year growth for the Wii U, and PS Vita,” said NPD analyst Liam Callahan.  Neogaf calculates that the Wii U’s software sales were nearly 60k, an 85% increase compared to 2013.  The Nintendo 3DS was the second best selling hardware.

Software sales bore quite a few surprises.  Number one, to the shock of no one, is Watch Dogs.  Ubisoft’s new IP sold over 1 million in it’s first day, and the sales momentum continued from their.  In at the number two spot was Mario Kart 8.  This is incredibly surprising as Mario Kart 8 was only out for TWO DAYS in May.  The positive word of mouth will likely lead to high sales numbers for June as well.  In third we find the PlayStation exclusive MLB 14: The Show.  This marks the second PlayStation exclusive to crack the top three this year, joining Infamous Second Son from March.

Places fourth through tenth are as follows: Wolfenstein: The New Order, Minecraft, The Amazing Spider-man 2, NBA 2K14, Titanfall, Kirby Triple Deluxe, and Call of Duty: Ghosts.  The most shocking of all of these is to see the 3DS exclusive Kirby Triple Deluxe cracking the top ten after a relatively quiet launch.  Callahan spoke about the software sales, saying “Collectively, May 2014 launches sold 800 percent more in dollar sales than May 2013 launches did their respective launch months. New launches represented 50 percent of dollar sales this month, which compared to only 9 percent for new launches in May 2013.”

by, Bobby Marquardt

source: Gamesindustry.biz

 

God of War director Stig Asmussen joins Respawn Entertainment

Stig AsmussenStig Asmussen, creative director of God of War 3, has joined Respawn Entertainment, the developers of Titanfall.  Asmussen was the lead environment artist on God of War, and art director on God of War 2, before leaving Sony Santa Monica earlier this year.  It was reported that Asmussen was developing a new IP for Sony Santa Monica, but the project is being my be cancelled or rebooted after a round of layoffs effected the studio earlier this Spring.

Asmussen’s role at Respawn is currently unknown, but he told Polygon that Respawn is “super excited to have him.”  He went on to tell Polygon that he has been working at Respawn for a number of months already, but is not working on Titanfall.  This likely means Asmussen is working on Titanfall 2, and his inclusion in the project adds credence to the rumor that Titanfall 2 will feature a fully realized single-player campaign.

Titanfall lacked a single-player campaign, with it’s story told through a series of multiplayer battles.  That didn’t detract from making the game great though, as I wrote in my review.

by, Bobby Marquardt

source: Polygon

Titanfall tops April’s sales chart, while the PS4 holds the top selling console spot once again

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The PS4 continues it’s dominance of the US sales chart for the 4th month in a row, while Xbox One’s Titanfall is the top selling game for the second month in a row.  Following Titanfall in 2nd is Call of Duty: Ghosts, and NBA 2K14 in 3rd.  Fourth through tenth are as follows: Minecraft, LEGO: The Hobbit, The LEGO Movie Videogame, LEGO Marvel Superheroes, The Amazing Spider-man 2, Grand Theft Auto V, and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.  This marks the second straight month with Titanfall and call of Duty at numbers one and two, with Minecraft making a massive resurgence up the charts, after being only at 10th in April.

Microsoft has responded to the news today, touting that Xbox Leads U.S. Software Game Sales, with an average of three games sold per console.  Xbox One sold a total of 447,000 games, as well as 2.6 million games on Xbox 360.  This big uptick in game sales can be attributed to sales of games for the Easter Holiday, which would also explain the big sales for the three LEGO titles.

Overall though software sales are a mixed bag.  April had a 10% overall slide in physical software sales, but next-gen software is doing well, compared to the previous generation.  “PS4 software combined with Xbox One software sales are up over 40 percent compared to sales of the PS3 and Xbox 360 through their first six months. Wii U software sales were up over last year by over 80 percent.” said NPD analyst Liam Callahan

As I wrote earlier, PS4 managed to maintain it’s lead, and was the number one selling game console for the fourth month running.  Neogaf is claiming that 115k Xbox One’s were sold during April, but did not currently have the numbers for PS4.  Overall, things are looking great for this new generation of consoles.  Callahan told Gamesindustry.biz that “Life to date, sales of PS4 and Xbox One hardware have more than doubled the combined sales of PS3 and 360 hardware through their first six months of sales.”   Total Industry sales climbed 17% to  $580.3 million.

by, Bobby Marquardt

Titanfall tops March software sales chart, but PS4 retains top selling console spot

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The NPD Group has released it’s video game sales numbers for March, and these will almost assuredly lead to some fun fanboy fights on the internet.  Taking the top seller spot for software is Titanfall, Respawn’s Xbox and PC exclusive.  Following Titanfall was Infamous: Second Son, the PS4’s big exclusive, with South Park: The Stick of Truth rounding out the top three.  From their we have Call of Duty Ghosts in fourth, Dark Souls II in fifth, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes in sixth, NBA 2K14 in seventh, the remastered version of Final Fantasy X/X-2 in eight, LEGO Movie: The video game in ninth, and Minecraft, surprisingly, taking 10th.

The biggest shocker of this sales data was that the PS4 was still the top system seller.  This marks the third month in a row that the PS4 was the number one selling console, despite the fact that Microsoft brought out it’s biggest exclusive yet with Titanfall.  These sales numbers are great for the industry as whole though.  “PS4 and Xbox One continue to see success with cumulative sales of the two consoles through the first five months currently totaling more than double that of their predecessors, the PS3 and Xbox 360,” NPD analyst Liam Callahan told GameIndustry.biz.

Microsoft has spoken about the news already, with Yusuf Medhi writing a piece on Xbox Wire.  In the article, Medhi notes that the Xbox One sold over 311,000 units during March in the US alone, with the Xbox 360 continuing a strong pace with 111,000 units sold.  The Xbox One’s current pace is towering over the Xbox 360’s pace at this point after launch by nearly 60%.  Titanfall is also the number two selling Xbox One game of all time, despite only being out for a month.

We will update this piece if/when Sony speaks on the NPD sales numbers, but yesterday they announced that the PS4 has surpassed seven million units sold worldwide.

This reporter’s opinion:  Wow.  Was not expecting the PS4 to take the number one selling spot for hardware.  This was Microsoft’s big gun, and apparently it wasn’t enough to beat Sony’s lower priced console.  I fully expect, however, that the availability of the PS4 was a big factor.  During March, it was much more readily available in the states, which likely helped this bump in sales.  I fully expected Titanfall to take the number one spot for software though, and rightfully so.  It’s an amazingly fun game that you need to be playing.  More surprising to me is that no Nintendo games or hardware were anywhere to be found.  It’s unfortunately sad to see.

by, Bobby Marquardt

Sources: Gamesndustry.biz, Neogaf, Xbox Wire, and Joystiq

Titanfall’s first paid map pack announced, called Expedition

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During Titanfall’s PAX East panel, respawn has announced the game’s first map pack called Expedition.  It will feature three all new maps: Swampland, Runoff, and War Games. Each map will feature a different sort of theme; Swampland is a jungle based map that shows off a stretch of alien ruins, and allows for players to wallrun in trees, Runoff heavily incorporates water, and War Games being a simulator based map.  These new maps will cost $10, or are apart of the game’s season pass which costs $24.99.  They will arrive in May.

On top of this paid DLC, Respawn is adding a new game mode for free.  “Wingman” will be a 2v2 version of Titanfall’s Last Titan Standing gametype.  For those unfamiliar with Last Titan Standing, it drops you and your team in your Titan’s against your opponents who also start in Titans.  The only way to win is to destroy all the opponents Titans, while having at least one alive for your team.  Making this 2v2 will force players into deep levels of strategy and team work.

Respawn also revealed they are looking into adding competitive aspects like a ranking system and spectator mode.  If you haven’t played Titanfall yet, you really should.  It’s one the funnest multiplayer games in a good while.  If you need more convincing, take a look at my review.

by, Bobby Marquardt