News Nintendo Switch Online's Next Free Game Trial Is Ready To Kick-Off Next Week (UK)
Try FIFA 23 for free
Nintendo UK has revealed the next free game trial for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers — FIFA 23 Legacy Edition, and it kicks off on 20th March. FIFA 23 is the very last game in EA's long-running franchise to bear the FIFA name, and it includes women's club football for the very first time. But as many who've followed the...
News EA Has Reportedly Cancelled Its Single-Player Apex Legends Game
Was codenamed Titanfall Legends
Back in July last year, it was discovered EA and Respawn Entertainment were working on a brand new single-player adventure set in the Apex Legends Universe. In a new development, Electronic Arts has reportedly cancelled the project, codenamed Titanfall Legends. "Three people familiar with the matter" have apparently...
News EA Announces "Long-Term" Marvel Deal For Consoles And PC
First title will be a single player Iron Man game
Electronic Arts has officially announced a new long-term "multi-title collaboration" with the comic juggernaut Marvel to develop at least three brand new action adventure games for both console and PC. The exact platforms have not been confirmed yet. These games will come with their "own original...
News EA Says It Isn't Ending Physical Sales In Certain Countries, Following "Inaccurate" Reports
"We have not stopped physical distribution of our games"
Earlier this afternoon, a report surfaced online suggesting that EA GmbH was planning to cease physical distribution of its games across Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Scandinavia due to the market's increasing shift to digital downloads and the subsequent impact on sales development...
Soapbox EA Playground Is A Forgotten Gem And Deserves To Be Remembered With Wii Sports
Playing games in the uncanny valley
Soapbox features enable our individual writers and contributors to voice their opinions on hot topics and random stuff they've been chewing over. Today, on its 15-year anniversary, Jim pleads the case for a forgotten Wii classic... If there’s one thing that you could always rely on the Wii to achieve, it was...
Review FIFA 23 - The Final Whistle Blows On A Legacy Of Disappointment
Don't waste your Sterling on this
If you’ve been keeping tabs on EA’s hugely popular football franchise, you’ll have heard that FIFA 23 marks the end of an era. As the final game to carry the FIFA licence before EA parts ways with its partner of 30 years, most multiformat sites have been discussing FIFA 23’s importance as the finale of a...
News It Takes Two Switch Physical Version Appears To Require A Download
Make some space
One rumoured game that did end up getting announced at the latest Nintendo Direct was the EA Originals title It Takes Two. This award-winning co-op platform adventure takes two friends on a crazy adventure across a huge variety of gameplay challenges. You can also invite a buddy to join you with the free Friend's Pass trial...
News CNBC Sources State Amazon Is Not Planning To Buy EA
Update: USA Today's FTW responds
Update #2 [Fri 26th Aug, 2022 19:00 BST]: FTW has now updated its original story, stating that "unnamed and unvetted sources" were cited in the reporting on this rumour. Here is the editorial statement in full: "Earlier today, GLHF — a gaming/e-sports outlet and content partner of For The Win — ran a version...
News Respawn Working On Single-Player FPS Set In Apex Legends Universe
The battle royale could be expanding...
Respawn Entertainment's free-to-play battle royale Apex Legends doesn't always get as much credit in certain corners of the internet, but it's actually generated more than $2 billion in earnings since its arrival in 2019. With this in mind, Respawn appears to be developing a new solo first-person shooter...
News Developers Don't Take Kindly To EA's Single-Player Gag On Twitter
Joining in on a meme
The new meme on the block has been making the rounds on Twitter recently, with everyone weighing in and joining in on the tag. Born out of a game on Tiktok, They're a 10 but is meant to be a lighthearted joke where you bring up one flaw about someone who is otherwise perfect. All in good faith of course — no one real! Gaming...
News EA Has "Some Surprises" You Apparently Won't Want To Miss
Electronic Arts, one of the game publishers partnered with Geoff Keighley's Summer Game Fest event, has shared an interesting message on social media ahead of the opening showcase on 9th June. In the tweet, EA says it has "some surprises" that fans of the company - known for series like Need for Speed and Battlefield - apparently won't...
News EA Reportedly Pursuing Sale Or Merger
Has apparently spoken to Comcast, Disney, Apple and Amazon
Microsoft's recent acquisitions of video game companies like Bethesda and Activision Blizzard has sent the entire industry into a frenzy - with companies like Sony pulling out its wallet to acquire the Halo and Destiny developer Bungie. Now, in the latest development, a report by news...
News Take-Two Raises Eyebrows With Lavish Praise For FIFA Brand
FIFA 2K24, anyone..?
Last week, EA's long-term partnership with FIFA came to an end, with EA rebranding its football franchise as 'EA Sports FC'. FIFA subsequently stated that it will work with other developers using the FIFA brand going forwards, and it looks like one of those could be Take-Two Interactive. In a discussion with
News EA's Live Service Battle Royale Game Has Now Generated $2 Billion In Earnings
"Full games" can't compete
If you had any doubts about the live service model in video games, you might want to check out EA's latest earnings report. The third-party video game giant responsible for series like Battlefield, The Sims and Need for Speed has revealed Respawn Entertainment's battle roya
News EA Reveals It's Working On An Unannounced Remake For 2023
Plus a major IP
Electronic Arts (EA) shared its investor presentation this Tuesday, which is used to tantalise investors and make sure they stay on board for the next financial year. And this year's presentation has a few juicy morsels, one of which reveals that EA is working on a Remake for the end of 2023. We already know EA is publishing the...
News FIFA Will Work With Other Developers To Launch Brand New Football Games
So long, Electronic Arts
One headline sending shockwaves through the video game industry (and football world) today is EA's split with FIFA. As we've already heard, Electronic Arts will be dropping the FIFA branding from its name in favour of 'EA Sports FC'. It's touted as the "future of interactive football", but it seems FIFA could have other...
News It's Official: EA Drops The 'FIFA' Brand In Favour Of 'EA Sports FC'
The "Future of Interactive Football"
Well folks, it's official: EA Sports has ended its partnership with FIFA and has rebranded its tentpole football series as 'EA Sports FC'. The move has been in the making for quite a while but has now been confirmed via an announcement from EA itself. The statement clarifies that everything in the FIFA series...
News FIFA Reportedly Being Rebranded 'EA Sports Football Club'
FIFA 23 may be the last game to carry the name
Electronic Arts is reportedly all set to rebrand the FIFA series 'EA Sports Football Club'. As reported by Jeff Grubb on his Giant Bomb show Grubbsnax (thanks, VGC), sources confirmed to him that 'EA Sports FC' is to become the new name for the franchise. The title had been spotted previously in
News EA Play Live Is Reportedly Skipping 2022
Will reveal more about new games "when the time is right"
The third-party video game giant Electronic Arts - known for franchises like Battlefield, Need for Speed and FIFA - will apparently be skipping its annual 'EA Play Live' event this year. In a statement provided to IGN, an EA representative said the company would reveal its next projects when...
News Sorry, Switch Owners Won't Be Getting Cross-Play For FIFA 23
Were you expecting any different?
In what we imagine to be the least surprising news for Switch owners, it seems the the upcoming FIFA 23 will include cross-play functionality - just not for the Switch. Players across PC, PlayStation, and Xbox will be able to play together for the first time in the franchise's history, leaving Switch fans to wallow...
News EA's CEO Seems Pretty Chill About Losing The FIFA Licence
"What we get from FIFA... is the four letters on the front of the box"
Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson has reportedly told staff that he feels the publisher might actually be better off losing the FIFA licence. EA and FIFA have been partners for 30 years, but that relationship is in jeopardy as the pair cannot seem to agree on renewing the...
News EA And Respawn Have Three Star Wars Games On The Way
A lightsaber at the end of the tunnel
It's our fate as Switch owners to endure a 'mixed' time with third-party games. It's not all bad though, and if you're a Star Wars fan we have LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga and Star Wars: Hunters on the way, on top of all the retro re-releases we've had in recent years. Are there more on the horizon?...
News First Activision, Now EA? FIFA Publisher Is Tipped For Takeover
The Financial Times thinks EA is a target
Microsoft has just splashed $70 billion to buy Activision Blizzard following its 2020 acquisition of Bethesda, which seems to suggest that we're entering a period of serious consolidation, the likes of which haven't been seen since the '90s. Given this backdrop,
News NFL Coach, Broadcaster And Video Game Icon John Madden Passes Away At 85
Will be remembered as an "absolute legend"
NFL coach and broadcaster John Madden has passed away at the age of 85. He not only had a huge impact on American football but also the video game industry as the voice, name and face of Electronic Arts' Madden NFL series. The sports series originally began life in 1988 as "John Madden Football" and over...
News EA Boss Says NFTs Will Be An "Important Part" Of The Games Industry's Future
"It's still early to figure out how that's going to work"
Recently, Ubisoft stated that it wants to be one of the key players in the world of video game-related NFTs (non-fungible tokens), and now publishing rival Electronic Arts has noted that it too is looking at how to breaking into "play to earn" market. During an earnings call this week, EA...
News Report Claims FIFA Wants EA To Cough Up "More Than Double" For Licence
Two companies have also failed to agree on what the new deal should cover
FIFA is one of the world's most popular video game brands, with the famous football series selling millions each year since it began, way back in 1993. That's why it was such a shock to hear that EA was "exploring the idea of renaming" the franchise; why would you change the...
News Apex Legends' Ping System Now 'Patent-Free' As EA Announces Accessibility Pledge
Free access to five patents now available to encourage "innovation"
Electronic Arts has announced a Patent Pledge that gives its competitors completely free access to its current accessibility-related technology and innovations without the threat of legal action. Which is nice! The publisher hopes that the pledge, which it says is the first of its...
Rumour EA Is Planning On Reviving An "Established IP"
Official reveal expected next month
Over the past few days, there's been a rumour circulating about how EA has plans to announce a new game based on an "established IP" at its upcoming live event next month. After the combined efforts of insiders and a number of websites, it seems the revival has been narrowed down to the sci-fi horror series, Dead...
News Electronic Arts Hit By Cyber Attack, Hackers Take Source Code And Tools
And claim to have stolen 780GB of data
It seems another high-profile video game company has been hacked. This time it is the third-party giant Electronic Arts. The data breach was originally reported on by VICE Motherboard, which reveals hackers have stolen "a wealth of game source code and related tools" for the Frostbite engine (known for...
News EA Insists It Won't Turn Codemasters Into "Another Electronic Arts Studio"
Will be similar to how it works with Respawn Entertainment
Back in February this year, EA announced it had acquired the British racing specialist, Codemasters. The deal was valued at $1.2 billion and adds IP such as Formula 1, DIRT, Project CARS and GRID to the EA family. Naturally, some fans are concerned about the future of the company und
News EA Play Live Returns Later This Year On July 22nd
"Save the date"
2021 sure is going fast, and now that it's May, it means E3 is just around the corner. The main all-digital event is scheduled to take place between 12th-15th of June, but not every publisher and developer is necessarily participating in the main show. One company that will be doing its own thing again is Electronic Arts. This year...
News EA Has Acquired The Super Mega Baseball Developer Metalhead Software
Fan favourite franchise joins the EA Sports line-up
Third-party video game giant EA - known for blockbuster AAA series such as Battlefield, Need for Speed and the Mass Effect series - has bolstered its sports line-up, with the acquisition of the Canada-based developer Metalhead Software. This is the same studio behind the Super Mega Baseball series...
Feature Plants Vs. Zombies Producer On Bringing EA's Frostbite Engine To Switch
"From the onset, we maintained that this was not just going to be a simple port"
From a fan's point of view, EA's support of Switch has had its ups and downs since Nintendo's hybrid console launched four years ago. Solid releases such as Burnout Paradise Remastered and Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered show that the publisher isn't averse to...
News EA Job Listing Suggests Madden Could Be Coming To Switch
Madden hasn't appeared on Nintendo platforms since 2012
Madden NFL used to be a regular face on Nintendo platforms, but we've not seen it for nearly a decade after Madden NFL 13 on Wii U. EA is still bringing us annual updates for FIFA (even if they are "legacy editions"), EA previously said they
News EA Investigating Allegations One Of Its Employees Sold Rare FIFA Ultimate Team Cards For Cash
"If we identify improper conduct, we will take swift action"
EA has confirmed that it is launching an internal investigation into allegations that one of its staff sold FIFA Ultimate Team cards for thousands of euros in cash (thanks, Eurogamer). The scandal – which now has its own hashtag on Twitter, "EAGate" – began when unconfirmed direct...
News Plants Vs. Zombies Could Pave The Way For Bigger And Better EA Frostbite Titles On Switch
It's time to kick some grass
One announcement during Nintendo's recent Direct presentation that perhaps didn't get enough attention was Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Complete Edition. It's EA's "first-ever" Frostbite engine game to be released on the Switch. In a recent interview with the How Games Make Money podcast, ho
News EA Acquires Racing Game Specialist Codemasters
"Welcoming Codemasters to the family"
Since the end of last year, there have been reports about the third-party giant EA buying the UK developer Codemasters. It's now official - with EA announcing the creator of titles such as Formula 1, DIRT, Project CARS and GRID has joined the family, in a deal believed to be valued at $1.2 bil
Video Here's What Apex Legends Looks Like On Nintendo Switch
EA's free-to-play Battle Royale shooter arrives next month
We've known for a while that Apex Legends is finally launching for Switch on March 9th. Having seen delays and no end of release date speculation
News EA Looks Set To Buy Codemasters As Take-Two Withdraws Its Bid
Take-Two "will continue to pursue selectively organic and inorganic opportunities"
EA looks certain to gobble up UK publisher Codemasters following the confirmation that rival bidder Take-Two has withdrawn its previous offer. Take-Two announced that it was attempting to buy Codemasters – which is one of the UK's longest-running games companies...
News EA Has Swooped In To Steal Codemasters From Under The Nose Of Take-Two
Not so long ago, we reported on the news that publishing giant Take-Two Interactive was poised to purchase UK studio Codemasters, famous for its stable of excellent racing titles. Take-Two – which owns GTA maker Rockstar – tabled an offer of $994 million last month, and with Codemasters' board of directors advising...
News Famous Footballers Think EA Could Be Illegally Profiting From Their Names And Likenesses In FIFA
Update: FIFPro wades in
Update: FIFPro has issued the following statement regarding this issue (thanks, Push Square): In light of recent media reports, FIFPro wishes to clarify the manner in which it obtains the image rights of players, and its role in defending the employment rights of professional footballers worldwide. FIFPro, a not-for-profit...
News EA Ignores Nintendo Fans Yet Again As FIFA 21 David Beckham Freebie Skips Switch
What a surprise...
In frustratingly familiar news, EA has once again shown a depressing lack of commitment to its audience on Switch as the console misses out on a popular new FIFA 21 treat. The company has unveiled that football legend David Beckham will be making a surprise appearance in the game's FIFA Ultimate Team mode; fans who play the game...
News EA Is Considering Bringing EA Play And "More Great Experiences" To Switch
"There are amazing games on that platform"
The relationship between EA and fans of Nintendo's platforms has been pretty bumpy in recent times; on the one hand, Nintendo fans are being forever brushed aside when it comes to the likes of FIFA, but on the other, EA does seem committed to bringing plenty of games to Switch in due time. In a new...
Random What's Worse Than Getting Another 'Legacy Edition?' FIFA 21's Box Art, Apparently
"Why does the Fifa 21 Box Art look like my Powerpoint presentation?"
EA has released a new trailer for FIFA 21 and also revealed the upcoming series entry's box art, and online reaction has been mixed, to say the least. The cover features Kylian Mbappé of Paris Saint-Germain. As one of the world's finest players, it's little surprise to see him on...
Talking Point Is EA's Switch Strategy Lazy, Or Simply Common Sense?
Any port in a storm?
EA's on-off relationship with Nintendo over the past decade has been so eventual it's a wonder it hasn't been turned into a 10-part docuseries on Netflix by now. Back in the Wii era, EA was happy to throw resources at Nintendo's system thanks to its impressive install base, and we were gifted with no less than 78 different...
News EA Play Live Goes Digital This June - Expect World Premieres, News And Much More
Update: It's now been postponed until 18th June
Update (Sat 6th Jun, 2020 06:00 BST): This year's EA Play was meant to take place next week on 11th June, but due to the current events happening in America and elsewhere, it's now been pushed back to the 18th June. Here's the official announcement from the Electronic Arts Twitter account: Original...
News That Rumoured HD Remaster Of The Mass Effect Trilogy Might Be Coming To Switch
Is Commander Shepard making a return?
Yesterday, the EA CEO Andrew Wilson stated how the company was bringing "multiple" titles to the Nintendo Switch in 2020. While the games he was referring to are believed to be Burnout Paradise Remastered and the latest version of FIFA, there are a few others that might be on the way. One of these is appar
News EA Set To Launch "Multiple" Titles On Nintendo Switch In 2020
“And we’re also planning to deliver for more Nintendo fans...With multiple EA games set to launch on Nintendo Switch this year.” – Andrew Wilson, EA chief executive officer Source: The Verge Electronic Arts recently announced its 'EA Play Live' stream conference would be going all-digital this year. While we've be
News Recent Classification Suggests EA Is Bringing The Original Unravel To Switch
Is Yarny returning?
EA might not have released many games on the Switch so far, but it looks like it could be making an effort to improve the situation. If you've been wondering about the original Unravel game since the second one arrived on the platform last March, it's now reportedly been rated for the Switch and multiple other platforms by the...
News An Officially-Licenced FIFA Match Was Just Decided By A Game Of Rock-Paper-Scissors
"I cannot believe it"
FIFA 20 might be something of a cash cow for EA, but things haven't been all that rosy with the game's online functionality for quite some time – a situation confirmed by the fact that Donovan "Tekkz" Hunt, one of the best FIFA players on the planet, recently stated that "no-one enjoys playing it". Eek. FIFA 20's online...