All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Origin’

Battlefield 4 Open Beta Is Now Available For Preloading

The holiday shopping season is a time to shine for the video game industry, especially 2013. Because of the overwhelming hubbub generated by such things as releases as GTA V and the impending launch of the Xbox One and the PS4, it’s important to stand out as much as possible, even if you have a well known commodity. Generating any …

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EA Wants To Grow Origin Beyond A Transaction Interface

Too many PC gamers, Origin, EA’s digital storefront for PC game purchases, is a necessary evil, especially if you are one of those who wants to play Battlefield 3. That is, if gamers didn’t have to have Origin, they probably wouldn’t. It’s safe to say the same cannot be said of Valve’s Steam service, which is, perhaps, one of the …

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Ubisoft, EA Cross-Pollenate Uplay, Origin With Each Others’ Games

Electronic Arts (EA) and Ubisoft today announced that a few of their published titles will grace each others’ online storefront. Ubisoft titles, such as Assassin’s Creed III and Far Cry 3, can now be purchased through EA’s Origin store, with more titles such as Splinter Cell Conviction on the way. Likewise, EA games such as Dead Space 3, FIFA Soccer …

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New SimCity Trailer Includes Superheroes, Villains

Last month, EA and Maxis showed off the “European City Sets” that come with the $80 Digital Deluxe Edtion of the upcoming SimCity. That add-on comes with famous European landmarks (the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, and Brandenburg Gate) that transform the surrounding landscape, including buildings, police vehicles, and public transportation. Today, EA and Maxis are showing off the other, sillier …

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Origin For Mac Officially Released

Love it or hate it, if you want to play Dead Space 3, Crysis 3, or SimCity on a PC or Mac, you are going to have to download EA’s Origin platform. It’s been only one month since EA released the “Alpha” version of its Origin platform for the Mac, and today EA officially released the client for Macs. We’ll …

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New SimCity Trailer Shows Off European Landmarks

EA and Maxis today released the latest trailer for SimCity, featuring the “European City Sets” that come with the Digital Deluxe Edition of the game. Famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, and Brandenburg Gate can be placed in cities to attract tourists. The landmarks will change a city’s buildings, styling them to look French, German, or English, …

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Origin For Mac Alpha Client Released

EA today announced that the Origin client for Mac is coming along, and an alpha test of the software has begun. Gamers with a Mac can download the alpha today, though it will be available to only “a few thousand users” in North American and the U.K. Though it’s kind of odd, the Origin for Mac alpha can be found …

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SimCity Beta Starts January 25, Registration is Live

Maxis, the developer of The Sims and SimCity today announced that a beta for the upcoming SimCity will take place starting January 25. The beta will run during that weekend, closing on January 28. The beta will give fans of the SimCity a chance to play “a one hour slice” of the game. Maxis will, of course, be monitoring the …

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Ubisoft’s Uplay Becomes a Digital Distribution Platform

Gamescom 2012 has already featured some big announcements, some revealing more than at this year’s E3. Perhaps the biggest announcement of the show, though, has not been directly about a video game. Today Ubisoft announced that its Uplay digital rights management (DRM) system has become yet another publisher-specific digital distribution platform for the PC. Uplay has now replaced the individual …

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Mass Effect 3 Leviathan DLC Release Date Announced

This week Bioware announced an official release date for its first single-player downloadable content (DLC) for Mass Effect 3 (as long as you don’t count day-1 DLC or the Extended Cut fiasco). Mass Effect 3 Leviathan will be released on August 28th for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. For Playstation 3 owners in Europe, though, the content will be a …

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EA President Says EA Gaming is Going 100% Digital

Gamers have known for years now that the transition to all-digital gaming is coming. For PC gaming, that transition has already largely taken place, with services such as Valve’s Steam, OnLive, and EA’s Origin. However seeing the future coming and hearing an executive at one of the largest video game publishers in the world confirm it are two different things. …

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EA Exec Offers to Help Minecraft Commercial Success

In an interview with Gamasutra, Rich Hilleman, Chief Creative Director of Electronic Arts, says Notch and Mojang need help managing Minecraft and wants to put the game on Origin, EA’s platform for purchasing and downloading games. Hilleman acknowledges that Notch probably doesn’t care about a third-party’s opinion on his business model, but he gives it freely anyway: “So I don’t …

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