July 12, 2011

EA Acquires PopCap for $750 Million

EA is buy­ing Pop­Cap games for $750 mil­lion dol­lars.  The pub­lish­ing giant is yet again pur­chas­ing anoth­er com­pa­ny to add to it’s line­up of devel­op­ers. Pop­Cap games is the devel­op­er of mas­sive­ly pop­u­lar games like Plants vs Zom­bies and Peg­gle. “EA and Pop­Cap are a com­pelling com­bi­na­tion,” said EA CEO John Ric­c­i­tiel­lo. “Pop­Cap’s great stu­dio tal­ent and pow­er­ful IP add to EA’s momen­tum and accel­er­ate our dri­ve towards a $1 bil­lion dig­i­tal busi­ness. EA’s glob­al stu­dio and pub­lish­ing net­work will help Pop­Cap rapid­ly expand their busi­ness to more dig­i­tal devices, more coun­tries, and more chan­nels.” “We picked EA because they have recast their cul­ture around mak­ing great dig­i­tal games,” said David Roberts, CEO of Pop­Cap. “By work­ing with EA, we’ll scale our games and ser­vices to deliv­er more social, mobile, casu­al fun to an even big­ger, glob­al audi­ence.” There haveRead more…

June 6, 2011

E3 2011 — EA’s Game Changers

EA just fin­ished their press event and heres what they showed us: Mass Effect 3 — March 6, 2012 — The live demo showed some great graph­ics and real­ly showed off a much larg­er scale for the action and fight­ing. It was also said that if you played the pre­vi­ous Mass Effect games that your deci­sions in them would all come togeth­er in this install­ment. Need for Speed: The Run — This new NFS title will be a race across the USA. They have added the auto log fea­ture to this one and it will also fea­ture action out of the car as well. The live demo showed this fea­ture to be a sim­ple but­ton tim­ing excer­cise but it will be an inter­est­ing fea­ture. With stolen police cars, fight­ing, and heli­copter chas­es this NFS seems like it will up theRead more…

May 4, 2011

BioWare Gives us the Good with the Bad

The Bad — Mass Effect 3 was pushed back until 2012. Bioware released a state­ment say­ing: ’ Today we have con­firmed that Mass Effect 3 will be released in the first three months of 2012. The devel­op­ment team is laser fou­cused on mak­ing sure Mass Effect 3 is the biggest, bold­est, and best game in the series, ensur­ing that it exceeds every­one’s expec­ta­tions.’ — Casey Hud­son ( Exec. Pro­duc­er on the Mass Effect series) So bum­mer for fans of the Mass Effect series, how­ev­er it could turn out to be a good thing ensur­ing we get a qual­i­ty game. The Good — Bioware says that Star Wars: The Old Repub­lic will release late this year. Frank Gibeau ( Pres. of EA) refused to give the exact date and gave two rea­sons why: ’ We don’t want to tip off theRead more…

December 13, 2010

EA Shying Away From Single Player

Accord­ing to EA Games label pres­i­dent Frank Gibeau says the company’s new busi­ness mod­el, which includes shy­ing away from sin­­gle-play­er games.  This will be sad news indeed for those of us who do not enjoy the mul­ti-play­er mod­el. “We’re very com­fort­able mov­ing the dis­cus­sion towards how we make con­nect­ed game­play — be it coop­er­a­tive or mul­ti­play­er or online ser­vices — as opposed to fire-and-for­get, pack­aged goods only, sin­­gle-play­er, 25-hours-and you’re out,” Gibeau said. “I think that mod­el is fin­ished. Online is where the inno­va­tion, and the action, is at.” says Frank. This comes on a tail of the announce­ment that EA will be cut­ting it’s release line­up by 50%. “I firm­ly believe that the way the prod­ucts we have are going, they need to be con­nect­ed online,” Gibeau said. “We’re going to try out new price-points, and we’re going toRead more…

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