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Apex Legends: Emergence brings Ranked Arenas to the game on August 3

By Stephany Nunneley 22 July 2021 20:00 GMT During EA Play Live 2021, Respawn and EA revealed that Apex Legends: Emergence, the next major update for the game, will launch next month.To get you pumped for it, a new Apex Legends trailer was released and provides a look at the new Legend, Seer. The video also includes a look at the latest weapon making its way into the game as well as the “chaos” it and Seer will bring to the arena. Watch on YouTubeThe video also gives you a first look at Seer’s abilities and how he offers a…

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First It Was An Assassin’s Creed Expansion, Now It’s Ubisoft’s 8 Year Nightmare

A few people said it was cursed. Others simply had no idea what they were supposed to be making. “Nobody knew what the fuck they were doing,” said one former developer.Skull & Bones development began back in 2013, as a multiplayer expansion to Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag that would release as a post-launch update, three sources with knowledge of the project’s origins said. The expansion soon took on a life of its own, however, morphing into a full blown MMO-like spin-off with the working title Black Flag Infinite, and later a brand new pirate game called Skull & Bones.The…

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Apex Legends’ next character Seer is cursed with a deadly gaze

Who doesn’t love a bold fashion choice with a tragic backstory? Respawn have introduced the origin story for their newest Apex Legends character, Seer in a new animated teaser. He’s cursed with eyes that can destroy people who look into them. Thus the flash hat, you see. They’ve not yet explained exactly what kind of abilities that will translate to in the battle royale world of Apex, but Electronic Arts say we’ll be finding out more later this week. In the meantime, here’s an introduction to Seer. Read more

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Watch EA Play Live Spotlight’s panel here on the role indies play in the industry

By Stephany Nunneley 13 July 2021 16:53 GMT The second of five EA Play Live Spotlight panels leading up to EA Play Live will air today.Today’s EA Play Live Spotlight will focus on the role indies play in the industry. Todd Martens of the Los Angeles Times will host the panel featuring Josef Fares of Hazelight (It Takes Two), Olov Redmalm of Zoink (Lost in Random), and others.It kicks off at 10am PT, 1pm ET, 6pm UK. You can watch it below.Next up is a presentation that will focus on Madden NFL 22 and how fans impacted the development of Franchise…

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Next-Gen Sports Games On PC Always Suck, This Is Nothing New

This year, fans of EA Sports titles like FIFA and Madden who play on PC—and there are more of us than you think!—are upset that those games will be ports of the last-gen versions, and not of the fancier editions appearing on the PS5 and Xbox Series X. Eurogamer published a story earlier today collecting some of this disappointment and frustration, from game forums to Reddit, following the reminder this week that the PC versions of Madden 22 and FIFA 22 will once again be based on the PS4 and Xbox One versions.FIFA fans were particularly upset, because EA Sports…

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The Apex Legends Thrillseekers event features a new Arena map, weekly rewards, more

Apex Legends players have a new event to look forward to.The Thrillseekers event is coming to Apex Legends, and it includes a new Arenas map, weekly rewards tracks, and some new looks.Watch on YouTubeKicking off next week on July 13, the Thrillseekers event will feature the new Overflow map, which is lane-focused and each area is separated by lava-filled structures. Combat on this map tends to favor short to medium ranges along with POI: Slope or Overlook.Overlook is a long, open area with a height advantage, while Slope offers high grounds which can be used for flanks or defensive setups.With…

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This Week’s PlayStation Event Won’t Include God Of War Or Horizon

During last month’s E3/Summer Game Fest announcement bonanza, Sony was one of the many conspicuously absent companies. However, if you were expecting big, E3-style announcements out of the PlayStation maker’s July showcase, prepare to be disappointed. In a blog post today, Sony Interactive Entertainment senior director of content communications Sid Shuman said that the much-anticipated July 8 “State of Play” event will mostly focus on Deathloop and other third-party games.“In this extended gameplay sequence, we’ll see Cole use his abilities to stealthily skulk across rooftops…or go in guns blazing to create a whole lot of mayhem,” Shuman wrote of Deathloop….

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More Dragon Age 4 concept art shows off stylish assassins the Antivan Crows

Alas, BioWare aren’t attending EA play this month, which means no major look at Dragon Age 4 is in the cards. Instead, they’ve shown off more concept art for another of the series’ familiar organisations. It’s the stealthy and stylish Antivan Crows this time around—the assassin faction that we’ve yet to see all that much of in previous games. It’s a tiny scrap of information, but hey, I think the Crows are cool as heck and I’m pretty psyched that they could be getting some time at center stage. Read more

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Apex Legends takes players back to good old Skull Town next week

Just the other day I was chatting with a friend about how long it’d been since we’d roamed around Skull Town in Apex Legends. The hottest of drop zones was removed (read: obliterated) last year in the battle royale’s fifth season, but next week Respawn are piecing it back together for a new event. The Genesis Collection Event kicks off on June 29th, bringing back the original maps for both Kings Canyon and World’s Edge. Better yet, not only will Skull Town return to the battle royale mode, but the devs are turning it into an Arenas map too. Read…

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Apex Legends Genesis Collection Event features original maps for Kings Canyon and World’s Edge

By Stephany Nunneley 24 June 2021 18:08 GMT Apex Legenda players can soon participate in the new limited-time collection event, Genesis.Kicking off June 29 and running through July 13, the Apex Legends Genesis Collection Event takes you back to the original maps for Kings Canyon (complete with Skull Town) and World’s Edge.Watch on YouTubeThe original Season 0 Kings Canyon and Season 3 World’s Edge are returning for a limited time in lieu of the normal Trios and Duos queues in one-hour rotations. With the maps, you can enjoy hot dropping into Kings Canyon at Skull Town, score loot on the…

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A Dragon Age 4 alpha file has been uncovered on the PlayStation Store

By Dom Peppiatt 23 June 2021 12:36 GMT A Dragon Age 4 alpha file has been discovered on the PlayStation Store thanks to the efforts of a dataminer combing through Sony’s database.Twitter user PlayStation Game Size – an account usually dedicated to cataloging game updates and file sizes – managed to uncover the mysterious file on the PlayStation Store, and its existence points to something happening at the EA Play Live event that’s cracking off in July (thanks, GamesRadar).The tweet, embedded below, suggests that the store may be updated with something in July – whether that’s some sort of vertical slice demo, a trailer or…

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Server capacity increased for Battlefield 4 due to influx of players following Battlefield 2042 reveal

By Stephany Nunneley 19 June 2021 16:21 GMT EA has increased the server capacity for Battlefield 4 due to an influx of players following the Battlefield 2042 reveal.Thanks to the reveal of Battlefield 2042, the amount of players itching for some modern combat has surged, causing the servers for Battlefield 4 to reach capacity, making queue times far longer in certain regions.Watch on YouTubeTo stop any more issues from coming about due to the deluge, EA has taken steps to help combat long queues (thanks, Neowin).“We were absolutely blown away by your excitement and reactions to the recent Battlefield 2042…

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Help, I’m trapped listening to The Sims 4’s Simlish summer jams

You can tell summer is coming: sun’s out, guns out, and taps aff, and a car drove past my flat blasting Len’s 1999 monster summer jam Steal My Sunshine at full volume. That reminded me EA made a Simlish version of Steal My Sunshine for The Sims 4‘s Seasons expansion, and now I’ve fallen down a terrible hole of breaking my brain with incomprehensible versions of familiar summer jams. Please help. The Simlish translation of “Girl I think my butt gettin’ big” in Nelly’s Hot In Herre is killing me. Read more

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Knockout City has attracted over 5 million players since launch

By Dom Peppiatt 6 June 2021 11:38 GMT EA has announced that over 5 million people have signed up to play its new multiplayer dodgeball game, Knockout City, to date.Velan Studios only launched its hybrid take on dodgeball and action back in May, but already it’s attracted a wealth of players, with EA logging over 5 million account sign-ups across all platforms.“Since launch, we’ve seen 5 million new brawlers join us in matches, there’s been amazing – and unexpected – gameplay, hundreds of thousands of Crews were formed, over half a billion KOs landed, millions of hours of gameplay were…

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Why Everyone Is Playing Knockout City, A Multiplayer Dodgeball Game

Knockout City, the recently released multiplayer dodgeball game about dodging dodgeballs, has apparently clocked more than five million players, publisher EA announced today. No matter how you slice it, that figure is nothing to sneeze at. Now, consider that the game hasn’t even been out for two weeks. Yeah. “Holy shit” is right.