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EA bans FIFA player for life after they sent racial abuse to footballer Ian Wright

By Alex Calvin, Wednesday, 3 March 2021 17:55 GMT This follows the teenager being spared a conviction in a court ruling this week. Publisher Electronic Arts has issued a lifetime ban to a FIFA player who sent racial abuse to the footballer Ian Wright.As reported by Eurogamer, 18-year-old Patrick O’Brien lost a game in FIFA Ultimate Team last year while they were using the Ian Wright icon card. So, they did the only logical thing: send the real Ian Wright a load – 20 messages – of racist abuse via Instagram in May 2020. The case obviously went to court,…

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Here’s a look at Apex Legends on Switch

By Stephany Nunneley, Tuesday, 2 March 2021 20:09 GMT Check out this Switch gameplay video for Apex Legends.Apex Legends is coming to Switch on March 9 with cross-play support, and now you can get an idea of how it will look in this new trailer.As previously reported, if you purchase the Season 8 Battle Pass, you will be given 30 free levels and earn double XP for the two weeks after release to help you catch up with other players. You will also receive the limited-time Legendary Pathfinder skin – P.A.T.H.The game is being brought to Switch by Panic Button which…

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EA delays new Need For Speed, moves Criterion to help with Battlefield 6

Electronic Arts is delaying the next, as-yet-untitled Need for Speed game by a year as it nudges its developer, Criterion Games, over to support EA DICE on Battlefield 6.A new report from Polygon has revealed that Electronic Arts is planning to delay the launch of the next game in the Need For Speed franchise. For the time being, the developer will be moved over to help with the development of Battlefield 6 – which is still aiming to launch on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X later this year.In the interview, EA’s chief studios officer Laura Miele noted that a mix…

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Apex Legends tops 198,000 concurrent players on Steam

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 28 February 2021 16:42 GMT Respawn’s free-to-play battle royale title Apex Legends has hit a new concurrent user record on Steam, proving it’s still a very popular title.Apex Legends was released on Valve’s storefront back on November 5, 2020, and since then it’s been a pretty popular and enduring PvP game.Even by November 10, we saw the game claim the accolade of fourth-highest concurrent player count on Steam – an impressive feat for a game that had been on the storefront for only five days.Now, though, the game has hit an impressive 198,235 simultaneous players on Steam. The…

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E3 2021 live event has been cancelled – report

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 28 February 2021 13:19 GMT The live component of E3 2021 has been canceled according to documents released by Los Angeles Convention and Tourism Development Commission.A document published by the Board of Los Angeles Convention and Tourism Development Commission (spotted by Resetera user Rösti) notes that E3 2021’s physical event has been canceled.The document notes that the convention commission is working with the ESA (the E3 organizer) to work out broadcast solutions for an online-only E3 later this year.Earlier this month, we heard that E3 2021 was planning to be a digital-only show, though official comments from…

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Work on Anthem Next canceled at Bioware

Bioware has canceled the Anthem reboot.Two weeks ago, it was rumored that Anthem Next would be canceled within the week. And now, it has come to fruition.That said, Anthem as it stands now,  will remain up, according to the announcement.Here’s the official word on the cancellation:In the spirit of transparency and closure, we wanted to share that we’ve made the difficult decision to stop our new development work on Anthem (aka Anthem NEXT). We will, however, continue to keep the Anthem live service running as it exists today.Since Anthem’s launch, the team has been working hard to continually improve the…

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Saudi Arabia has invested billions in Activision, EA and Take-Two

By Alex Calvin, Friday, 19 February 2021 17:08 GMT The country’s Public Investment Fund has bought $3 billion in these publishing giants.The Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF) has started buying up stakes in triple-A games giants.As reported by Al Jazeera, the Riyadh-based sovereign wealth fund – chaired by crown prince Mohammed bin Salman – has invested more than $3 billion into companies including Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts and Take-Two during the last quarter of 2020.The PIF acquired 14.9 million shares in Activision Blizzard, worth around $1.4 billion, as well as 7.4 million EA shares and 3.9 million Take-Two shares,…

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DICE LA working on more Battlefield, after all

By Sherif Saed, Thursday, 11 February 2021 09:09 GMT DICE LA is seemingly not done with Battlefield, as we once believed.DICE LA has long existed as a support studio to DICE’s main team in Sweden. The studio, which has a solid history of working on classic shooters, sort of existed in limbo for a while.A little over a year ago, EA revealed that Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella will be helping DICE LA rebrand, and ramp up hiring so the studio could have its own identity, and create its own games away from DICE’s influence. But this may not be how…

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E3 2021 planning to be a digital-only show – report

The Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, will once again be an online-only affair in 2021 as its organizers plan around the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.The organization behind E3 the Entertainment Software Association, is reportedly carrying out planning for a digital event in summer 2021 – similar to the online event we saw for E2 2020 – as the world continues to deal with the effects of coronavirus.As per a new report from VGC, the ESA has outlined proposals for this summer’s show and has sent pitch documents to various publishers around the world, suggesting that three days’ worth of live-streamed coverage…

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Looks like some big changes are coming to Apex Legends’ Caustic

One of Apex Legends’ most popular characters, Caustic, may be due a debuff after more players than usual flock to the poison-toting hero in Apex Legends Season 8.Caustic, who hasn’t traditionally been one of the more popular heroes in the battle royale game, has enjoyed something of a renaissance in Apex Legends Season 8. With some new balance changes that went live with a recent update, he’s now the character with the highest win-rate in games that last over 20 minutes (which is, let’s be honest, most of them).During the Reddit AMA held by Respawn to celebrate the launch of Season 8…

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Snoop Dogg, bad play, and broken chairs: Madden NFL 21’s debut as the home of the Pro Bowl was brilliantly stupid

Last weekend, the NFL took a surprising virus-inspired twist: a game usually played in the real world was played inside Madden 21 on Xbox. To be clear, this wasn’t exactly an important game. In fact, it’s not even technically part of the proper league year. But, nevertheless, a yearly NFL staple match-up was played inside a video game – and the results were a whole lot of dumb fun.For those uninitiated, the game in question was the Pro Bowl. The Pro Bowl takes place after the conclusion of the regular season and championship games, but before the Super Bowl. It’s…

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BioWare says getting multiplayer to work for Mass Effect Legendary Edition would be “really hard”

By Alex Calvin, Wednesday, 3 February 2021 17:03 GMT The undertaking would have been “too complicated,” the studio says.Developer BioWare has said that it hasn’t included multiplayer in the upcoming Mass Effect Legendary Edition due to the sheer amount of work it would take to get right.Speaking to Game Informer, project director Mac Walters said that people would mostly be playing these remasters for the story elements; getting the multiplayer aspects to work would have been “too complicated.”“I had all of these analogies early on to try to help people understand what this remaster is going to be about,” Walters…

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Apex Legends Nintendo Switch launch confirmed for next month

By Alex Calvin, Wednesday, 3 February 2021 11:58 GMT And there are bonuses for people playing in the first two weeks after release.Respawn and EA’s free-to-play battle royale hit Apex Legends is set to come to Nintendo Switch in March.The news was confirmed by EA, who said that the game was launching on the machine on March 9 with cross-play support. Players who buy the Season 8 Battle Pass will be given 30 free levels and those who play the Switch edition will earn double XP for the two weeks after release, to help them catch up with other platforms.Porting…

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BioWare was working on a Han Solo-inspired Mass Effect spin-off game

By Alex Calvin, Tuesday, 2 February 2021 17:56 GMT The studio was looking for interesting points of view to tell stories. EA’s BioWare studio was once working on a Mass Effect spin-off inspired by more morally gray characters like Star Wars’ Han Solo.Speaking to The Gamer, the studio’s then-development director Dorian Kieken said that after the first Mass Effect title shipped in 2007, the firm was toying around with new concepts for future entries in the series.“We explored a game concept back in 2008, a bit after the shipping of [the first] ME, where you were playing a Han Solo…