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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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BioWare talking with Mass Effect modders about Legendary Edition

BioWare are currently sprucing up their RPG sci-fi trilogy for the Mass Effect Legendary Edition, but what will the remasters mean for existing mods? While the future is unclear, BioWare have at least said they’re in touch with some modders and have some sort of plan for… something. They’re not revealing much for now, saying they plan to talk more about it later. Fingers crossed for some modding goodness? Read more

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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…

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EA Sports is bringing college football back

Electronic Arts has announced college football is coming back to EA SPORTS. The partnership allows for EA Sports to be the exclusive developer of simulation college football video games, and the development of EA College Football is just getting started.Release timing will be announced as the project progresses in the years ahead. For those who never stopped believing…#EASPORTSCollegeFootball pic.twitter.com/2vDUYnbXEJ — EA SPORTS (@EASPORTS) February 2, 2021EA SPORTS developed college football games from 2005-2014, and since its last release, college football has been one of the “most-requested games by fans from EA Sports.” “We’ve heard from the millions of passionate fans…

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Apex Legends video gives you a look at Fuse’s abilities

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 30 January 2021 14:42 GMT A new video for Apex Legends provides you with more information on the new Legend, Fuse.This new video will get you up to speed on the Apex Legends character that drops next week.According to the video, Walter “Fuse” Fitzroy is a former mercenary who has a fondness for explosives and can rain down carnage from an exceptional range.His passive is Grenadier, where he can throw ordnance farther and more accurately and can stack one more grenade per inventory slot than other Legends.Knuckle Cluster is his tactical which is a cluster bomb…

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New 80s-themed trailer shows off Apex Legends Season 8’s chaotic new character Fuse

By Alex Calvin, Tuesday, 26 January 2021 19:35 GMT New content is dropping with a bang!Our latest look at the upcoming Apex Legends Season 8 is, well, pretty chaotic.The 1980s-styled trailer for the new content – dubbed Mayhem – showcases the new playable character entering the fray, Fuse, whose whole thing seems to be that he’s Australian, a bit mental, and really into explosions. Like, he’s basically Apex Legends’ version of Junkrat, right? Oh and – spoilers – but the trailer ends up with him straight up bottling Mirage, which I can get behind to be honest because Mirage is…

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Fox News controversy impacted Mass Effect 2’s non-straight relationships

By Alex Calvin, Friday, 22 January 2021 19:26 GMT Tweaks were made to stop the game’s audience facing further criticism, apparently.Mass Effect 2‘s Jack was originally intended to be pansexual, but BioWare cut down non-straight romances over concerns of negative media coverage.Speaking to The Gamer, Mass Effect 2 writer Brian Kindregan said that the decision to only allow Jack to be romanceable if users were playing as a male Commander Shephard occurred later in development. This came in the wake of a Fox News report in 2007 debating the depiction of sex in the sci-fi RPG.That Jack was initially intended…