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EA Motive Developing Brand New Action Aame, Promising Innovative Ideas

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EA has been synonymous with sporting games for, what seems like, an eternity, but the developer is hoping to make an innovative mark in the action gaming realm.

EA’s CFO Blake Jorgensen spoke about some of the brand new initiatives that they are working on, at UBS Global Technology Conference.

With Portal designer Kim Swift joined EA Motive back in January and with rumors swirling that they are working on a untitled Star Wars game with the now-defunct Visceral Games, there is a lot going on in the world of EA.

“Less and less of our business is dependent on brand new titles. But we’ve been able to bring out some great new titles that have turned into franchises, like the Star Wars activity, like Battlefront, for example, that layer in more franchises over time,” says Jorgensen (h/t Gamesindustry.biz).

“We’re trying to do that with BioWare’s Anthem game—I was up in Edmonton with the team a few weeks ago, looking at the game and playing it. It’s looking very exciting, the team’s done an amazing job and we’re really excited about that for next year.

“We have a team in Montreal that is building a brand new action franchise, probably for our Fiscal [Year] 2021 that also looks fantastic and very exciting. A new game, with a lot of new interesting gameplay that I don’t think anyone’s ever seen before.”

Jorgensen also pointed to FIFA and Madden’s respective Ultimate Team features for creating scope for “uncapped monetisation”.

“If you have a live service component to [games on EA Access and Origins Access], you can have a subscription that’s uncapped,” he said. “Give people a way to spend money on things they want to do and that they enjoy doing [versus] simply capping them at $9 or $10 per month and that’s all they can ever spend.

“We find people play twice as many games, they spend twice as long on them, and they spend twice as much money, because you’ve reduced the cost of trial to close to zero.”

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Nintendo Releasing Upgraded Switch Model in 2019

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Nintendo will release an upgraded model of their Switch console in 2019, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The upgrade is likely in response to sales that, while still solid, have tapered off a bit since a strong first year on the market back in 2017. Nintendo is rumored to be mulling a new screen display with an alternative that’s brighter, thinner and lighter than the current version.

It is expected to arrive in summer of 2019.

 

 

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Overwatch Halloween Terror Returning Next Week

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Blizzard is bringing back Overwatch’s Halloween Terror event, confirming that the event will make it’s official return on Tuesday, October 9th and will be available until October 31st, Halloween, after heavily teasing it in September.

Along with new skins, players can expect Junkenstein’s Revenge mode to return and they could also see the Torbjorn rework launch as well.

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Sony Announces Fortnite Cross-Play

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Sony has finally joined the bandwagon and crossplay is now available.

Sony Interactive Entertainment president John Kodera announced that Fortnite players will now, starting today, be able to use their Playstation accounts on PC, Xbox One, Switch, as well as Android and iOS, marking a major milestone in the future of gaming.

“Today, the communities around some games have evolved to the point where cross-platform experiences add significant value to players,” Kodera said.

“In recognition of this, we have completed a thorough analysis of the business mechanics required to ensure that the PlayStation experience for our users remains intact today, and in the future, as we look to open up the platform.

“This represents a major policy change for SIE, and we are now in the planning process across the organisation to support this change.”

It is an open beta launch, which does not currently have an end date, for the feature available to all players, and comes, coincidentally, on the one year anniversary of the Battle Royale mode’s launch.

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