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FIFA 22 promises to deliver realistic gameplay in October

FIFA 22 promises to deliver realistic gameplay in October

Team contact sports might be one of the most challenging video games to make when it comes to simulating reality. In addition to the AI controlling players on both sides, players have become more discerning and demanding when it comes to imitating the fluid and sometimes unpredictable movement of athletes, especially those that are supposed to mimic real-life people. That is the challenge that EA Sports is rising to meet with FIFA 22 and its "next-gen HyperMotion" tech that will be launching next quarter.

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The EA hack was worryingly simple

The EA hack was worryingly simple

EA Games' huge game theft, which saw source code for FIFA 21 and other key titles stolen, hinged on a $10 cookie and some disturbingly simple social engineering, according to the hackers responsible. Electronic Arts confirmed it had been the victim of the cybercrime earlier this week, with around 780GB of data - including game code and more - yanked from its servers.

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Mass Effect Legendary Edition custom art creator gives your favorite characters top billing

Mass Effect Legendary Edition custom art creator gives your favorite characters top billing

With Mass Effect Legendary Edition just over a week out from release, BioWare and Electronic Arts have released an art creator that allows you to make your own box art for the game. The tool allows you to customize the image used for Mass Effect Legendary Edition's box art with your own crew, giving you the opportunity to choose not only the characters that appear, but also the location that's depicted in the artwork and the color scheme as well.

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FIFA 21 loot boxes revealed to have an aggressive EA push

FIFA 21 loot boxes revealed to have an aggressive EA push

Just like IAPs or in-app transactions, loot boxes have become one of the "dirty words" in the gaming industry. Unlike other forms of microtransactions, however, loot boxes have also come under legal scrutiny. Companies like EA have even been fined over such widespread yet also unpopular game mechanic, but it hasn't stopped EA from pushing through with that line of business. In fact, a new leak reveals that EA was intentionally trying to steer FIFA 21 players that way, which, on second thought, might not be that surprising after all.

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Nintendo Switch Apex Legends port will include ‘smart optimizations’

Nintendo Switch Apex Legends port will include ‘smart optimizations’

If you own a Nintendo Switch and you love battle royale games, Electronic Arts has some good news: Apex Legends will hit Nintendo's latest and greatest console on March 9, 2021. If your first thought was "how well will it run?", you're not the only one. EA says that, among other things, the Switch port will include 'smart optimizations' for the tiny screen.

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Apex Legends Fight Night event will include a ring for fist fights

Apex Legends Fight Night event will include a ring for fist fights

Respawn and EA plan to kick off the new year with a Fight Night Collection event in Apex Legends. This will be the first Collection event in the game's Season 7, according to the studio, which recently detailed Fight Night in a couple of videos. The key point of this event? You're going to ditch the weapons for hand-to-hand combat.

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Star Wars Squadrons gets 4K, 120fps on Xbox Series X only

Star Wars Squadrons gets 4K, 120fps on Xbox Series X only

New console hardware almost always means more power. That power, however, is lost if the software, that is, games, don't take advantage of it. That naturally requires releasing new titles and updating old ones that exploit all that new processing muscle, which is what EA is doing for Star Wars Squadrons running on next-gen, actually now current-gen, hardware. But just as these new consoles aren't exactly equal, neither are these next-gen improvements that could leave some feeling a bit jealous.

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Apex Legends for Nintendo Switch release delayed until 2021

Apex Legends for Nintendo Switch release delayed until 2021

Electronic Arts has delayed the release of battle royale game Apex Legends for the Nintendo Switch, the company revealed, instead first gearing up to release the game on Steam in coming weeks. This delay will push the Switch release into 2021, leaving fans to play the title on the two big gaming consoles (PlayStation and Xbox), as well as on PC. As always, the game remains free to download.

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Xbox Game Pass adds EA Play in Xbox Series X and S subscription bundle

Xbox Game Pass adds EA Play in Xbox Series X and S subscription bundle

Xbox Series X and Series S are coming and Microsoft isn't taking any chances that you might not want to sign up to Xbox Game Pass, with a huge bundle deal that is set to include EA Play. The two new consoles - both of which will go up for preorder on September 22, Microsoft confirmed today - will get to take advantage of a new $15 per month Ultimate subscription deal.

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EA pulls UFC 4 in-game commercials after massive backlash

EA pulls UFC 4 in-game commercials after massive backlash

Advertisements have been around since the earliest days of mass media and they have reviled just as long. While some ads can be tasteful, ingenious, and even entertaining, most are just "in your face" attempts to grab consumers' attention. While those have more or less been accepted facts of life in some media, like print and the Web, other channels actually have ways to make consumers' voices be heard, something that EA Games learned the hard way in its latest attempt to put full-on commercials in the middle of a video game.

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EA Play, formerly known as EA Access, is coming to Steam

EA Play, formerly known as EA Access, is coming to Steam

Valve has always been accused of trying to monopolize the PC games distribution market, especially after Epic Games' colorful statements last year. Warranted or not, it may have helped push the company to change a few things and open its doors to more of its competitors. Considering it was a long time coming, it may have been presumed that EA will never make good on its promise to bring its subscription service to Steam. That is finally happening this month but there's a bit of a catch.

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Apex Legends will soon offer gun charms exclusively for Steam players

Apex Legends will soon offer gun charms exclusively for Steam players

Later on this fall season, Respawn's hit battle royale game Apex Legends will be released on Steam, giving PC players a new way to download and play the game. That release will be joined by a special perk restricted to those who download the title on Steam: exclusive gun charms. Electronic Arts is showing off all three charms ahead of their release in the coming months.

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