EA announced a new subscription service Wednesday, giving those willing to pay a monthly fee unlimited access to a select library of games. Nintendo should do the same.
EA’s offer is this: pay £3.99 per month and you gain access to a handful of hit games to play, such as FIFA, Madden and Battlefield. The service goes by the name of ‘EA Access’ — you can think of it as a mix between Netflix and PlayStation Plus. If you stop paying, you stop playing.
Currently in beta, EA’s new service is open to Xbox One owners only for now. Those who sign up will find they have access to just four games to start with — those are Battlefield 4, FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, and Peggle 2.
Although the service is in its infancy, and some may have doubts about it, the basic idea is a sound one — I mean, the days of owning physical games are numbered anyway right? So what should Nintendo be doing?
Koch Media announced Wednesday that it has bought the rights to first-person shooter series Homefront from troubled developer Crytek.
Koch Media will now take ownership of the Homefront intellectual property from Crytek, and has announced it will repurpose the Crytek UK Nottingham studio into Deep Silver Dambuster Studios.
Koch Media confirmed that the repurposed studio will continue development on the series’ upcoming open-world sequel Homefront: The Revolution.
EA confirmed Wednesday that its upcoming subscription-based gaming service ‘EA Access‘ will cost £3.99 a month to UK subscribers.
Currently in beta for a limited number of Xbox One players, the new scheme will allow subscribers to download a range of titles and play them unlimited, as long as their recurring subscription is active.
Titles available during the beta include FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4 with more titles to be announced.
Members of EA Access will also receive 10% off most EA titles available to download on Xbox One.
The UK game market suffered again this week with a three percent drop in sales over revenue. With no new titles released, that marks the lowest week for income this year.
Watch Dogs (+3%) is at the top again for the third time in a row and sixth overall. FIFA 14 (+5%), which has been at the top on seven occasions this year, is at second for a second week running.
A small sales improvement makes a big difference, as Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (-4%) takes three places to fourth.
Sniper Elite 3 (-6%) loses sales but moves up one place to fourth nonetheless.
With the release of the DVD/Blu-Ray of the film this week, promotions have pushed The LEGO Movie Videogame (+41%) up seven places to fifth.
Constantly on the move, Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition (-6%) has taken one spot in each of the last four weeks, landing at sixth this week.
Grand Theft Auto V moves up four from eleventh, around Titanfall which sticks at eighth.
Call of Duty: Ghosts falls from the third to ninth, ahead of rival Battlefield 4 at tenth.
EA has seen a couple of surprising movers at the bottom end of the chart – four year old Skate 3 (+17%) continues a successful period which leaves it at twenty-fifth. Promotions also help Need for Speed: Rivals (+44%) back into the top 40.
Update 31/07/14 - Deep Loot is out now for free (offers in-game purchases) for iPhone and iPad.
From time to time we like to shine our Indie Game Spotlight. Today we shine that spotlight on Monster and Monster to take a look at the Leamington Spa based developer’s upcoming mobile title Deep Loot.
Deep Loot, the fifth release from Monster and Monster, is a charming platform puzzle game described by its developer as an “underwater loot-’em up”.
Presented in a charming 16-bit style, Deep Loot sees players control a deep sea diver who traverses platform under the ocean in order to recover treasure, artefacts and avoid the creatures of the sea. The loot can then be used to purchase weaponry and upgrade equipment.
The game also features a wonderful 16-bit style synth soundtrack that matches its visual style superbly.
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This week we talk about Mario Party balance (the lack of it), E.T’s literal grave, Google buying Twitch, Sonic’s pointless friends, Noby Noby Boy and old videogaming memories. Oh, and Mike talks about Hearthstone, again.
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Now TV, Sky’s media app, is now available to download for the PlayStation 4 in the UK. It was announced via a tweet by PlayStation Europe’s English community manager Chris Owen.
Now TV allows users to pay for on-demand movies, TV shows and sports. A Sky Movies monthly pass cost £8.99, an Entertainment monthly pass costs £4.99, while a Sky Sports day pass cost £9.99.
The app has been available on the PlayStation 3 since last year. Now TV is still set for release for Xbox One ‘this summer’.
UK sales suffered at -10% in the last week of the school summer term, which with no new entry ensures that Watch Dogs (-12%) is at the top of the UK Chart for a fifth time.
FIFA 14 (-13%) is up one place and Call of Duty: Ghosts (-12%) jumps up three, ahead of Wolfenstein (-27%) which sticks at fourth.
Sniper Elite 3 (-29%) drops three to fifth, before Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (-3%) and Minecraft: PlayStation 3 Edition (-4%) take one each to sixth and seventh respectively.
Falling from fifth to eighth, Titanfall (-24%) suffers a chunk out of sales, but remains in the top ten for the nineteenth week running.
Having the only improved sales numbers in the top ten, Battlefield 4 (+2%) improves its position, remaining forward of Mario Kart 8 (+31%) which hops to tenth from sixteenth.
Bizarrely, Nintendo DS titles Pokemon Black (+127%) and Pokemon White (+110%) are at twenty-first and twenty-second place after promotions drop their price severely.
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This week we wax lyrical about Monument Valley and why you should play it, share our thoughts on the Destiny beta and listen to Mike complain about Hearthstone.
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With over thirty years of combined industry experience the four members of UK indie developer Pixel Trip Studios are now working towards releasing their first game – point and click adventure The Breakout.
As the name implies, the adventure game tasks you (as Lt. Guy Kassel) with breaking out of a prison camp, with the hope of acquiring your freedom and returning home to your fiancé.
The game is currently in active development with no release date set. The Breakout will be available on Steam.
Gamebrit caught up with studio developer Adam Jeffcoat to talk about their debut effort.
The top two swap to give Watch Dogs (-18%) dominance over Sniper Elite 3 (-53%), the latter within one hundred copies of FIFA 14 (-3%), which sticks at third.
Wolfenstein (+6%), with thanks to retailer promotions, and Titanfall (-15%) swap between fourth and fifth respectively.
Call of Duty: Ghosts (+3%) holds sixth with a small increase in sales.
Moving ahead of the PlayStation 3 Edition (-3%) at eighth, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition jumps up three places to seventh.
Tomodachi Life (-5%) moves to its highest position since launch ahead of Battlefield 4 (+21%) at tenth.
Reports have surfaced that Microsoft are set to cut around 6,000 jobs later this week.
Bloomberg reports that Microsoft are making the cuts as it looks to streamline following the purchase of Nokia’s phone unit.
The financial site highlights that the potential job losses could surpass Microsofts cuts of 2009, where some 5,800 employees were let go.
Worryingly for UK employees it is believed that some of the cuts could occur at the European headquarters of Xbox’s global marketing team, based in Reading.
Although a spokesperson for Microsoft declined to comment, an anonymous source told MCV that the Reading office “will be significantly impacted”.
The source added that employees affected will be notified via an internal announcement on 17th July and will be asked to reapply for jobs as part of Xbox’s restructure of sales, marketing and development.