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Titanfall to get free-to-play version in Asia

Titanfall to get free-to-play version in Asia

Titanfall, the hit mech-based first-person shooter originally released for Xbox and PC last year, is probably the last title you'd expect to go free-to-play, but that's what's happening. But don't expect it to be showing up on your smartphone or tablet, where free-to-play games are a dime-a-dozen. Instead, Titanfall will be getting a special PC release just for the Asian market, where the free-to-play genre is huge, thanks to a partnership between the game's makers and Japan's Nexon.

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Comcast, EA partner up for cable TV-based game streaming

Comcast, EA partner up for cable TV-based game streaming

Cable giant Comcast has just announced a partnership with video game publishing giant Electronic Arts to launch a game-streaming service for its cable customers. Dubbed Xfinity Games, the service is launching as a public beta today, and will allow users to play games from their X1 set-top box while using a smartphone or tablet as a controller. Comcast says the service is aimed at families and casual gamers, and will feature 23 titles at launch. X1 customers can sign up for the beta at xfinitygames.com, and are said to be notified of entry within a few days.

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EA shutters SimCity’s dev studio Maxis Emeryville

EA shutters SimCity’s dev studio Maxis Emeryville

Electronic Arts has closed down the development studio behind SimCity, Maxis Emeryville, according to a statement from the company. It's a sudden announcement, but one that doesn't end on a negative note for those who enjoy The Sims (it does, however, end poorly for all the workers who have been affected). Says EA, the workers hit by this closure will be given the chance to "explore" positions elsewhere within the company, and that no plans regarding future Sims efforts have changed.

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EA to nix online support for Crysis and more

EA to nix online support for Crysis and more

EA has revealed plans to retire a slew of older games, cutting online support at various points over the course of the year for Crysis for PC, some Battlefield games, a few Need for Speeds, and more. Lords of Ultima was given the axe today.

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EA Games Star Wars titles to follow Batman “Arkham” model

EA Games Star Wars titles to follow Batman “Arkham” model

We may be living in an age when LucasArts is dead, but EA Games are not about to let the Star Wars gaming universe fall to the wayside. This week it’s been stated by Andrew Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of Electronic Arts (EA), that they’d be pushing forth with a new model for the Star Wars gaming universe. Much as Batman’s gaming presence was made a formidable force with the "Arkham" series of games, so too will Star Wars be reborn in EA’s first title.

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Titanfall hits Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC in March 2014

Titanfall hits Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC in March 2014

The much lauded, much anticipated multiplayer first-person shooter Titanfall is set to launch Mar. 11, 2014 in North America, Electronic Arts has revealed. It will be available exclusively on Microsoft consoles Xbox One and Xbox 360 as well as PC.

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PS4 game range set to surge with ex-LucasArts talent hire

PS4 game range set to surge with ex-LucasArts talent hire

If there's one thing LucasArts was good at, it was getting to know 3rd-party game creators - that's essentially the base for their entire industry, after all. When you run a gaming company that's creating games that are (mostly) based in the Star Wars universe, you've got to work with a collection of developers - at least that's how it used to be, before Disney shut down LucasArts. Now the Third Party Relations team is happy to bring former LucasArts producer Gio Corsi aboard here several months after the closing of LucasArts in early 2013.

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Plants vs Zombies 2 closing in on 25 million downloads

Plants vs Zombies 2 closing in on 25 million downloads

PopCap Games released the long-awaited sequel to Plants vs. Zombies back in mid-August. The game arrived as the appropriately titled Plants vs. Zombies 2 and it looks like it has received a rather warm welcome. In fact, the folks at PopCap have recently shared some numbers and it looks like Plants vs. Zombies 2 has already topped the original in terms of downloads. And this comes with just iOS downloads as the game has yet to be released for Android.

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SimCity for Mac arrives for download through Origin

SimCity for Mac arrives for download through Origin

SimCity has been released for Mac. Details of the release have been shared on the SimCity Blog where they begin by thanking those who waited patiently. Of course, that refers back to those earlier release delays. The good news as of today is that SimCity has indeed arrived for Mac and it is available as a digital download from the Origin website.

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Plants vs. Zombies 2 “Far Future” update planned, 16m downloads so far

Plants vs. Zombies 2 “Far Future” update planned, 16m downloads so far

Plants vs. Zombies 2 was officially released last week to much fanfare, and it seems gamers are having a hoot and a half with collecting suns, planting weaponized plants, and taking down incoming zombies. The game has been downloaded 16 million times so far, and the makers have already announced that an expansion update is on the way.

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SimCity for Mac arriving later this month, hoping for a smoother launch

SimCity for Mac arriving later this month, hoping for a smoother launch

We knew SimCity for Mac would be arriving at some point when Maxis and Electronic Arts announced the news earlier this year, and finally, after seeing a delay past its initial June launch, Mac gamers will be able to get their grubby little hands on the game starting on August 29, just six or so months after the PC version was released under pretty bad circumstances.

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EA up against Indian PC gamers in Twitter coup

EA up against Indian PC gamers in Twitter coup

Electronic Arts hasn't been the most favored game publisher recently. They were crowned the worst company in America for the second year in a row, and their strict DRM policy isn't really popular amongst gamers. To add insult to injury, the publisher is receiving more heat from PC gamers in India, as PC game prices are rising significantly.

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