EA on their official blog announced the Star Wars BattleFront II Beta, which has been slated for an October 2017 release.
While current racing games are grounded in realism, EA intends to bring back that classic rush of high-octane action racing with Need For Speed Payback. Releasing November 10 this holiday season for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC through Origin, players will embark on a blockbuster adventure fuelled by a gripping story, intense missions and engaging gameplay.
Venture out to do battle against the Empire in the factories of Sullust and within Jabba the Hut’s palace.
For old school anime fans, this is big, BIG, MASSIVE news. The beloved “Universal Century” Gundam story, the one that started it all way back in 1979 with Mobile Suit Gundam is getting a brand new retelling as “Original Video Animation” (or OVA to anime geeks) called Mobile Suit Gundam: Origin I.
This one is a heavy hitter as it’s obvious no expense has been spared. This is actually an adaptation of the manga that debuted in 2002 by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, the original character designer on the first anime series. The manga was a reinterpretation of the original storyline, changing events and locations, tightening up the story, and making things a bit more geographically coherent. The focus is also changed to be a bit more even handed and sympathetic with the great villain of the series, Char Aznable, who would become the dominant character in sequels to come.
The trailers released for the first installment of the series look fantastic, with a hefty budget given to the 2D animation that still hearkens back—albeit in more detail—to Yasuhiko’s style. The real revelation is, of course, the new CG mecha battle scenes, which portray the original mobile suits in fast, vicious, deadly ways traditional cel animation of the 70s and 80s could never hope to achieve.
If you’re a lapsed fan of UC Gundam, you owe it to yourself to check this out when it the English version comes to the West. Voice actors have already been selected for the dubbing, so now it’s just a matter of time before the pre-order options pop up on Amazon or any other retailer for anime that you favor.
Check out the trailer below and see for yourself.
Ubisoft is finally unlocking its doors on the company’s Uplay service, that will now allow other publishers to sell games from competitors such as Electronic Arts and Warner Bros.
Electronic Arts is on a role. A few days ago they joined with up retro-download site Good Old Games and now they’ve launched Origin, a direct download service. After installing the download client, Origin will give players access to exclusive content like special trailers and the ability to create a personal gamer profile used to interact with other users. Multiplayer, mobile gaming and web browsing are standard, and with a few titles already available Origin is off to a good start.
Origin is offering only first party titles right now and their library of games is relatively limited. Crysis 2 and Darkspore – along with a number of other titles – are currently available for players to download, and games like Mass Effect 3 and Alice: Madness Returns are available for pre-order. For mobile gamers, Origin is offering such gaming gems as SCRABBLE, but initial scepticism aside there are more games on the way. Support for the PSP, Nintendo DS and 3DS is available, and more than
Origin’s site says, “Origin’s new social features allow you to create a profile, connect and chat with your friends, share your game library, and effortlessly join your friends’ games.” It sounds just like Valve’s online service Steam, but there’s no mention of third-party content.
EA’s new download service is part of their digital strategy. By doing more than just selling products to their market, they can create a online community that will not only support Origin, but also increase the number of people buying its online-only content. The company is already planning to use Star Wars: The Old Republic as a test bed for this by offering up content only available through their retail client.
While still in its infancy, Origin is already off to a good start by having a focus on exclusive content and social gaming. This download service is anything but unique; however, it’s promising a few interesting things. For more info check out the site here. Just hold onto your video game retail boxes, they’re going to be collector’s items sooner than later.