Long time Madden NFL fans would be aware of the ‘Madden Curse‘ – the jinx that hits any player who gets featured on the cover of the EA NFL game. Now recent reports suggest that Electronic Arts is developing a cinematic comedy based on this infamous Madden Curse. According to the website The Wrap, this project is being led by the vice president of EA entertainment, Pat O’Brien even though the site has not mentioned any named source from the company for the information. The film`s story will most probably follow a former Madden video game champion being forced out of retirement as he becomes the subject of a new game`s box art.
No studio or actors have been confirmed for the project as of now. A reality show which is dedicated to the franchise already broadcasts on ESPN2 which is a big hit amongst American fans and athletes. Although this concept might not be able to advance far enough, EA has also been planning for more films based on games such as Mass Effect, Army of Two, The Sims and Spore,etc. But it is worth noting that none of these projects have progressed beyond the planning stages till now.
A new trailer for the Crysis sequel has arrived. The two minute video footage gives us a glimpse of the game with some actual gaming footage in it.
“New York has been ruined after an alien invasion in 2023. Donning the Nanosuit, you will use its strength, speed and invisibility as weapons to exculpate the once flourishing city from its unwelcome visitors.”
This footage has been the best of the single player footage that has been shown so far, showing off both the features as well as the visuals which are really stunning. It’s a trailer totally dedicated to the nanosuit and how it carries off all the activities in a violent style. All die hard Crysis fans will want to watch this trailer of the game.
All these nanosuit powers are displayed in the trailer. Crysis 2 has been scheduled for a release on March 22nd, 2011 for Xbox 360, PS3 and the PC. You can also pre-order the game for the platform of your choice from Amazon.com
Electronic Arts is offering all those people who are buying the BulletStorm Epic Edition an early access to Gears of War 3. This incentive is being offered to gamers worldwide by Epic Games in partnership with EA and Microsoft.
This Xbox 360 special edition game hits the markets on February 25th along with the inclusion of a special code enabling gamers to access the beta release of Gears of War 3 later this year. Speaking about this, Epic Game`s president, Dr. Michael Capps has said,
“Epic is poised to break new ground in 2011 with Gears of War 3 and Bulletstorm. With these two highly anticipated triple-A experiences comes a unique opportunity to do something to really excite players, and that’s what we intend to accomplish with the support of Microsoft and EA. This is for the shooter fans.”
This upcoming edition of BulletStorm will also include a few extra online goodies in the form of armour, new weapons, boots and extra experience points.
American Football fans will love to hear that Electronic Arts is rumored to have commenced work on a new version of the popular NFL Blitz game. However, according to the sources, the development of the game is in very early stages at this point and so it is not likely that we see a new release soon. The possible release of this new NFL Blitz is likely to be in 2012 and is expected to be made available across multiple consoles.
Another piece of the rumor that avid gamers might not necessarily care about is that the game is being developed at EA’s Tiburon Studios which is incidentally where most of the football-relating gaming development normally happens. This is also the place where Mark Turmell – one of the creators of the NFL Blitz series is currently serving as the Senior Creative Director.
So if this rumor is true, NFL fans have something exciting coming up in a year or two’s time.
Amazon Kindle has just received its first paid app from a third party developer – Scrabble from EA. The application will let users play single or multi-player games from a device. However, multi-player games over a 3G or Wi-Fi network is not supported at present.
Though this is the first paid app from a third party developer, the platform does have several other applications that are free to download. A few other apps on Kindle are built into the firmware. Scrabble for Amazon Kindle is available for download at a price of $5 and is compatible with the second and third generation models of Kindle and also Kindle DX.
It is worth noting that this announcement comes barely a day or two after Amazon announced the new updated version of the Android application. The latest release brings several new features including the ability to add notes and highlights to books. Considering the vast user base, it will be interesting to see if the platform will now attract many more developers to build apps for the users.
Electronic Arts may have already own a few titles in the Android marketplace. But sure, they are not as conspicuous on the Android platform as they are on the iOS App Store. With Android gaining a lot of marketshare lately, it looks like EA may have finally woken up to Android. We hear that the popular Madden NFL 11 gaming application shall soon be making its way to the Android market. This comes directly from the company in a tweet posted recently.
Eric Brown, the CFO at Electronic Arts has also indicated that Android shall be the company’s new priority. In a talk at the Deutsche Bank Tech Conference held recently, Brown said,
“So I think there’s a lot to happen in the future in Android, and we’re trying to position our mobile business to take advantage of that trend. I think the next big positive wave to push better growth in mobile will be the deployment of an App Store equivalent for the Android operating system. We think long term … the Android market is going to take its share.”
I think it’s just a matter of time before all the other popular titles from EA make it to the Android marketplace.
At a time when there are speculations over Zynga moving their cash cow Farmville outside Facebook to a dedicated site, Electronic Arts, one of the long-time heavyweights in the gaming industry are taking their first baby steps towards integrating their games to the social media space.
According to EA CEO Peter Moore, a Facebook version of FIFA Superstars shall be developed by PlayFish, the company behind popular Facebook apps like Pet Society and Crazy Planet. Moore has said that the game shall “provide more great opportunities to bring hundreds of millions of new fans to compete against their friends to win the FIFA World Cup through an engaging interactive football experience“.
The partnership between EA and PlayFish is expected to integrate the former’s sports gaming knowledge with the latter’s experience in the social media space. The announcement comes close on the heels of another announcement from EA that the company intends to charge gamers for accessing the online content of their sports titles. The prices are expected to be in the range of $10 for access to online goodies.
[via Pocket Lint]
There has been a lot of consolidation in the social gaming space lately. EA Sports acquired Playfish last year for $400 million and earlier this week, Farmville developers Zynga acquired a smaller gaming firm, Serious Business for an undisclosed amount.
The transaction in all these cases is mutually win-win. While social gaming as a concept has grown by leaps and bounds in the past one year with more growth possible in the near future, this is also a high capital business requiring lots of resources. No wonder then that the investors are willing to sell out at the first opportunity for an exit.
Happy Aquarium is the fourth in the list of the most popular games on Facebook. By acquiring CrowdStar, there is a possible synergy that Microsoft may find between the web based social games and console based gaming on Xbox. If it works out fine, Microsoft can soon be the biggest force to reckon with in the gaming arena.
EA Sports’ ‘fitnessware‘ on Wii, EA Sports Active could soon be coming to Xbox 360 and PS3. While speculations surrounding this have existed ever since Electronic Arts brought the productivity tool for Wii, a recent story on gaming blog Super Annuation seems to have strengthened it further.
Super Annuation has caught hold of the resume of one of the lead developers for the site, Sean Quinn, who had apparently listed this as a project he is currently working on. The resume, located at his personal website here (PDF link) has since then replaced the project title with ‘Unannounced Project’. As the blog reports, the project was originally titled ‘EA SPORTS Active (Xbox 360/PS3)’
The project appears to have started back in September of last year. We presume it to be in final stages of development presently.
[via Super Annuation]