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Madden 24 snapped its Super Bowl prediction losing streak

EA After years of wildly incorrect predictions, Madden 24 has snapped its Super Bowl losing streak. This year’s official simulation of Super Bowl LVIII was nearly right on the money, correctly predicting a narrow win for the Kansas City Chiefs. As has become tradition, EA simulated this year’s Super Bowl matchup in its flagship football series days before the big game. Last week, it used Madden 24 to pit the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers head to head. The final result? A Chiefs win with a 30 to 28 score.…

Apex Legends is reinventing itself for its 5th anniversary

EA It’s rare for a game to get active support for half a decade. For any game to live that long, reinvention is a necessity. Apex Legends has always understood that. The developers at Respawn are again shaking the shooter up for its fifth anniversary, which will kick off its twentieth season, Apex Legends: Breakout, next month. I got an early hands-off look at the impending updates to Apex Legends, and they all seem like smart ways to reinvigorate the live service titan and make it feel new again in 2024. Don’t…

Tales of Kenzera: Zau could be the new Metroidvania gold standard

EA We’re only one month into the new year, but I’m calling it now: 2024 is going to be the year of the Metroidvania. The 2D action-adventure genre, inspired by the Metroid and Castlevania formula, is already having a banner year thanks to Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown. That’s only the beginning. With games like Ultros, Animal Well, and (hopefully) Hollow Knight: Silksong around the corner, there’s a good chance that 2024’s “game of the year” will be something from that popular genre. But it’s one thing to make a…

How the Maker of ‘Fortnite’ Beat Google and Got Its Mojo Back 

Videogame boss Tim Sweeney is on a winning streak.His company, closely held Epic Games, defeated tech behemoth Google in court on Monday, and its years-old megahit “Fortnite”—which served as the catalyst for the legal battle—is undergoing a resurgence in popularity. Copyright ©2023 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 87990cbe856818d5eddac44c7b1cdeb8 Videogame boss Tim Sweeneyis on a winning streak.His company, closely held Epic Games, defeated tech behemoth Google in court on Monday, and its years-old

Multiple game developers announce layoffs, including EA-owned Codemasters

A trio of game developers have just announced layoffs, adding to the chaos that is the It starts with developer New World Interactive, who are behind the Insurgency series and Day of Infamy, among others. There’s no word as to how many employees were let go, but parent company Saber Interactive says work will continue on Insurgency: Sandstorm, Saber Interactive has its own parent company, Embracer Group, which has had a rough year. Embracer and canceled multiple projects. Things are so bad, as a matter of fact, that the…

Dragon Age: Dreadwolf teaser reintroduces the world of Thedas

It’s Dragon Age Day, and BioWare celebrated by releasing a new teaser trailer for Dragon Age: Dreadwolf. Titled “Thedas Calls”, this trailer gives us our first in-engine look at some places players will visit in the game. We also learned when we can expect to learn more about this title. The main throughline of the teaser is a dynamic map of Thedas, the world and continent on which the Dragon Age series is set. It jumps to different places in Thedas, like the city of Antiva and the beaches of Rivain, as different…

The Sims 4: For Rent expansion pits landlords against tenants

The Sims 4: City Living, one of the game’s many expansion packs, first introduced livable apartments in 2016. For longtime Sims players, this was a welcome addition to the most recent iteration of the long-running series. But since then, players have asked for far more freedom in both apartment gameplay (i.e., playing a Sims family that lives in an apartment) and building. The Sims 4: For Rent expansion looks to step up and provide players with some long-requested features that haven’t been available before. In a…

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is the game to buy this Black Friday

EA / EA I review a whole lot of new video games each year. So when one sticks with me long after I’ve beaten it, that’s an indication of a truly great game — doubly so if it’s a AAA release. That doesn’t always happen with the games to which I gave the highest and lowest scores; it can happen with any game. A good example of this is 2023’s Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. I gave the game a four-star review in April, and it’s been one of the most memorable games for me in 2023, a year that had tons of fantastic games. This…

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Is Headed to Old-Gen PS4 and Xbox One Consoles

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is headed to old-gen platforms. During the Q1 2024 earnings call, EA confirmed that developer Respawn Entertainment is in the early stages of developing dedicated versions for the PS4 and Xbox One. The Cal Kestis-led (Cameron Monaghan) galaxy-spawning adventure originally launched in April, but entirely skipped previous generations — akin to other major publishers, who've been leaning toward the newer consoles for ease in optimisation and being able to render the visuals to the highest quality…

Starfield, Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty, and More: New Games on PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X in September

September promises to be a blockbuster month for gaming, with a stellar lineup of heavy hitters set to release this month. Kicking off the show is Starfield, Bethesda's epic sci-fi space fantasy RPG, which has been in development for eight years, apparently. The studio's first original IP in 25 years, Starfield, as director Todd Howard puts it, is essentially Skyrim in space. Hundreds of hours of spacefaring adventure await, with a side helping of nostalgic Bethesda style. The game is out now on PC and Xbox Series S/X.…