Monthly Archives: October 2012

FIFA and Battlefield are EA’s most profitable franchises

Online features and content downloads have made FIFA and Battlefield the two biggest revenue “events” in EA’s history; EA’s digital revenue up 40 percent year-on-year.

 

EA has revealed that its digital revenue has grown by 40 percent in its second fiscal quarter since the same period last year, thanks in large part to the content downloads offered for FIFA 13, Madden NFL 13, and Battlefield 3.


EA has high hopes for its FIFA and Battlefield franchises.

EA has high hopes for its FIFA and Battlefield franchises.

This week, the publisher posted its preliminary financial results for the second fiscal quarter ending September 30, 2012, in which EA president Frank Gibeau highlighted the company’s strong digital growth and pointed to FIFA and Battlefield as EA’s most profitable franchises.

“On the strength of our digital extensions, FIFA and Battlefield are the two biggest revenue events in our company’s history,” Gibeau said. “Both are well on their way to becoming billion dollar annual franchises.”

The publisher also praised the performance of its sports titles, with EA CFO Blake Jorgensen revealing that the company is forecasting an annual growth of at least 25 percent with net revenues expected to reach approximately $4 billion by March 31, 2013.

According to the report, FIFA 13 and Madden NFL 13 debuted as the two top-selling titles in September in the West. In its first four weeks, FIFA 13 sold 7.4 million units, excluding mobile downloads, a number that EA said makes the title “the biggest sports launch of all time.” FIFA’s digital revenue also generated over $115 million in the first half of fiscal 2013, including FIFA Online 2 and FIFA World Class Soccer.

EA’s Battlefield 3 Premium service has sold over 2 million subscriptions to date, according to the publisher, and in the mobile space, The Simpsons: Tapped Out has reportedly become the top-grossing iOS game for the past four weeks, logging 2.8 million daily active users.

Other parts of the report revealed that EA’s games and services for mobile have generated a 60 percent year-over-year increase in digital net revenue, while EA’s Origin platform has registered over
30 million users, including 13 million mobile users. EA also revealed that Origin has signed agreements with
71 independent developers.

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FIFA and Battlefield are EA’s most profitable franchises” was posted by Laura Parker on Tue, 30 Oct 2012 23:02:29 -0700

Star Wars: 1313 "business as usual" for LucasArts

Studio says Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm has not affected the development of the third-person action adventure franchise set in the Star Wars universe.

 

Today’s announcement that Disney has purchased Star Wars studio Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion will reportedly not affect the upcoming video game title Star Wars: 1313, which is currently in development at LucasArts.


Star Wars 1313 still on track, says LucasArts.

Star Wars 1313 still on track, says LucasArts.

According to a statement from LucasArts (as first reported by IGN), it’s “business as usual” for all internal projects at the studio.

The acquisition deal–which will see Disney release a new Star Wars film every two to three years after bringing out Star Wars Episode 7 in 2015–was discussed by Disney chief executive Robert Iger during a conference call earlier this week.

In the call, Iger spoke about Disney’s plans to utilise the Star Wars license for games, revealing the that company will focus on social and mobile games internally, and rely on licensing deals to allow third-party developers to create Star Wars titles for consoles.

Star Wars: 1313 was first announced in May this year. The internally developed third-person action adventure game will see players take on the role of a bounty hunter navigating a subterranean metropolis, Level 1313, beneath the surface of the planet Coruscant.

At the time of its announcement, LucasArts had revealed that the game was being developed with the help of artists across the Lucasfilm organisation, including LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, Lucasfilm Animation Ltd, and Skywalker Sound. The game will be based on the Unreal engine and feature full-body performance capture.

According to LucasArts, the game will emphasise fast-paced combat, and the game’s hero will use human skills and gadgets, rather than supernatural Force powers. In addition, the game will feature a combination of cover-based combat, platforming, and “playable cinematic gameplay.”

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Star Wars: 1313 “business as usual” for LucasArts” was posted by Laura Parker on Tue, 30 Oct 2012 21:28:26 -0700

Need for Speed: Most Wanted Review

It’s not quite the smooth, finely tuned speed machine it could have been, but Need for Speed: Most Wanted is still an exciting racer.

     

Score: 7.5 / good

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Need for Speed: Most Wanted Review” was posted by Carolyn Petit on Tue, 30 Oct 2012 18:16:41 -0700

Need for Speed: Most Wanted – Video Review

Carolyn Petit tries to shake off the law and dominate the streets of Fairhaven in this video review for Need for Speed: Most Wanted.

 

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Need for Speed: Most Wanted – Video Review” was posted by sampsona on Tue, 30 Oct 2012 18:15:39 -0700

Need for Speed: Most Wanted – First Place Team Race Gameplay Vid

A player bags first place in an online match.

 

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Need for Speed: Most Wanted – First Place Team Race Gameplay Vid” was posted by sampsona on Tue, 30 Oct 2012 17:17:43 -0700

Need for Speed: Most Wanted – Online Challenge Gameplay Video

A player is tasked for a pipe near miss challenge.

 

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Need for Speed: Most Wanted – Online Challenge Gameplay Video” was posted by sampsona on Tue, 30 Oct 2012 17:16:58 -0700

Need for Speed: Most Wanted – Taking Heat Gameplay Video

A player combats police in a Porsche.

 

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Sleeping Dogs: Nightmare in North Point Screens

4 new shots posted.

     

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Sleeping Dogs: Nightmare in North Point Screens” was posted on Tue, 30 Oct 2012 17:15:04 -0700

Sleeping Dogs: Nightmare in North Point Launch Trailer

Sleeping Dogs: Nightmare in North Point DLC pack is now available!

 

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Sleeping Dogs: Nightmare in North Point Launch Trailer” was posted by MikeTao on Tue, 30 Oct 2012 16:28:47 -0700

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Demo Is Riddled with Bugs on the PS3

Konami shipped the Zone of the Enders HD Collection with the Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance demo advertised on the front, but it seems that the PS3 version is plagued by game-breaking bugs.

 

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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Demo Is Riddled with Bugs on the PS3” was posted by Peter Brown on Tue, 30 Oct 2012 16:26:05 -0700