There are rumblings on the internet that all might not be well with EA after a round of password reset notices appear to have been sent out on Sunday (8-13-2015). EA does not give a specific reason behind the reset notifications other than suspicious activity. However, the timing seems to correlate with an authentication exploit that has been talked about on the darker side of the internet. These claims are that a group has been silently exploiting EA’s authentication servers for months. It is far from certain that EA has suffered a large-scale breach, but it does bring up the subject of authentication server security.
Remember all of the jokes about EA putting out games before they were ready? I do and many of them were very funny. Apparently someone at EA might have read them too and while we can picture them having an amused chuckle at first they might have also been a little concerned. Around the time that E3 was happening EA made comments to the effect that they would no longer push games out the door before they were ready. We all looked on with a look of “yeah right” on our faces and waited for the next unfinished game to hit the streets.
The term “free to play” has often been parodied as “free to pay” by gamers that feel this new system of timers and locks is something that is just not a good business model. Fortunately it is not a model that has managed to spread through the entire market, but is one that is certainly entrenched in the mobile one. A recent ruling in the UK over EA’s advertisement of the Dungeon Keeper game for iOS and Android might be the start of a new look at this often misleading label.
Ubisoft dumbing down Watchdogs for PC, Crytek losing money, game devs claiming next gen consoles will match the graphical look of the PC on Ultra: all of these are interesting signs to a troubling possibility. Is the gaming industry moving away from the PC and focusing on the close environment of the console? From some of the information and the items we listed above it would seem so. Is this a trend of the future? Or is this simply what the industry does whenever they see new consoles hit the market?
There are some concerned gamers out there today as BioWare made some interesting comments about the future of Mass Effect. One of the biggest ones was a continual reference to Next Generation. The game, which puts players into a trouble future, is a highly popular one even if the ending to the last installment did annoy some of the more hardcore fans.
Hey, remember the game Mirror’s Edge? Well if you do not it was about a young woman who works as a runner. Runners are hired by underground groups that want to communicate without the use of heavily monitored phone or network systems (sound familiar?). The get around the city runners use a variety of techniques including leaping from rooftop to rooftop. This means there are plenty of combination moves to ensure that you maintain momentum and can make that next jump. Mirror’s Edge was also noteworthy for its open environment and different first person viewpoint (it was much closer to a real first person view).
Earlier this week across the internet rumors have spread about the new Battlefield that suggested a new game named Battlefield Hardline and that it will be delivered by the creative minds behind Dead Space games - Visceral Games. Shortly fter came the official confirmation from Electronic Arts, which has promised that despite the fact that the new BF will not be another product of DICE studio, fans of the series will get a good game.
At the E3, which will be held between 10 and 12 June in Los Angeles, Electronic Arts will hold a major conference and introduce six new projects. The information has been confirmed as part of the quarterly financial report released earlier this week.
Along with confirming the release date EA Sports has confirmed that the players who buy EA Sports UFC before official release will get access to the legendary "father of mixed martial arts" Bruce Lee.
Sad new for fans of Fifa Manager series of games. Electronic Arts has canceled future sequels and franchise because, as stated, a lack of interest. Judging by the designer of FIFA Manager Gerald Köhler genre of football management titles is extremely narrowly specialized, with primary markets in England and Germany, where now complete domination and supremacy holds a competitive series, Sports Interactive's famous Football Manager.