The SimCity series was first launched in 1989 and was created by game designer Will Wright. However, the man who built the series wasn't a part of the latest SimCity launch that took place earlier this year. Instead, he sat back and watched the show, but it obviously was a bit painful to watch, and Wright wan't too thrilled about how things went.
Just a few weeks after the resignation of Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello, the game publisher has reportedly issued a round of layoffs at its Montreal mobile-development studio. The studio employs around 300 people total, and it's said that the studio will be heavily impacted, although it's uncertain how many employees the company is letting go exactly.
Firemonkey and Electronic Arts have announced an update to Real Racing 3 that will hot iOS and Android soon. There's going to be new cars, new events, iCloud saving functionality, and a new "Hunter" game mode. Plus, there's going to be "many extra features and tweaks" coming to the new racing game. No release date has been announced, but the folks behind the game say that the update will be "available soon."
Electronic Arts and Insomniac Games has finally announced a launch date for its upcoming 4-player co-op shooter, Fuse. The game is set to be released on May 28th in North America, and May 31st in Europe. The game will be available for both the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. The game was expected to be released earlier, however it was delayed because there were still aspects of the game that needed to be "polished".
It seems like SimCity is just full of bad news. SimCity has received a lot of negative feedback for its ridiculous Always-On DRM feature. At first, EA stated that the Always-On DRM was added mainly because of security issues, but now its saying that it was added because the developers envisioned SimCity as "always-connected". Lucy Bradshaw, the General Manager of EA's Maxis label, stated that they had designed SimCity "with multiplayer in mind". By having the always-connected feature, they were able to create essentially an MMO.
Battlefield lovers rejoice. Electronic Arts and DICE are going to be holding a special event for Battlefield 4 on March 26th at 7:00 p.m. PST. The Battlefield 4 event will take place in San Francisco, California at the 2013 Game Developers Conference. The invitation, received by Gamespot, says, "Please join us to celebrate a new era of Battlefield." Nothing else was mentioned on EA's invitation.
You know things are really bad when Electronic Arts is actively suspending all of its marketing efforts on SimCity. The publisher has sent an email to its marketing affiliate partners asking them to "please stop actively promoting the game" until further notice. Specifically, EA's Origin says they have "deactivated all SimCity text links and creative," and they're asking affiliates to remove all promotional material from their websites.
After a successful launch of Real Racing 2 towards the end of 2010, the racing simulator kept gamers’ interest for over two years, and now a third installment is back. However, there are a few changes that make this threequel noteworthy. First of all, the game is now completely free to download, which sounds almost too good to be true, but developer Firemonkey and publisher Electronic Arts have decided to take the freemium route this time around. Plus, there are all new cars and tracks to race your way around. I ended up spending some time with the game, attempting to make my way up to elite status, and there a lot of things I liked about it, but there were also a lot of things that I didn’t like. Let’s break it down now.
We've already seen numerous teasers of Firemonkey's upcoming racing sequel, Real Racing 3. The game looks to have the best graphics that the series has ever had, and it will include all new tracks, including real tracks, as well as made-up tracks in real locations. However, publisher Electronic Arts has announced that they plan to offer the upcoming game for free.