It seems like Electronic Arts is still reeling from its recent leadership shakeup. The gaming company today confirmed that it is laying off an undisclosed number of employees.
"EA is sharpening its focus to provide games for new platforms and mobile. In some cases, this involves reducing team sizes as we evolve into a more efficient organization. These are difficult decisions to let go of good people who have made important contributions to EA, and whenever possible we retrain or relocate employees to new roles," a company spokesperson told CNET. "Streamlining our operations will help ensure EA … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- EA awarded "Worst Company in American History" for second consecutive year.
- Next Xbox won't be backward-compatible, report says.
- CNET How-to: How to make a video game patchbay.
- Warner Bros. Montreal developing Arkham City prequel starring "unrefined" Batman: Arkham Origins.
- 404 news: We're starting to break segments out into shorter clips that are easier to share. Help us blast these out to your friends, won't you? The first one is our report on the list of NSFW movies the Vatican is watching right now!… Read more
Today game developer Electronic Arts has announced that the much-anticipated SimCity for Mac will be available for purchase on June 11.
The latest version, which is stripped of any version number and is being simply called SimCity, was announced on March 5 for both OS X and Windows, and was initially released for Windows early last month, but in an EA blog post today Lucy Bradshaw, senior vice president and general manager of EA's Maxis label, is quoted as saying the Mac version of the software will be out in two months' time:SimCity is coming to Mac on … Read more
They fought. They lost. They won.
This might sum up Electronic Arts' role in this year's Worst Company in America polling, conducted in the pages of the Consumerist.
For the second year running, the game maker has been voted America's worst company -- aka the company those who are online a lot choose to dislike the most.
It wasn't even close. EA managed to received 77.53 percent of the vote.
EA was up against Bank of America in the final and some might have imagined it might have a puncher's chance against an entity that … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Microsoft may announce the next generation of Xbox on May 21.
- Chinese people burn Apple products to pay respect to the dead; Americans do it just because.
- Here's a list of porn currently being watched in the Vatican.
It's that time of the year again.
The one where companies vie to be worse than Comcast.
That used to be the plot, at least, to the point at which Comcast tried to get its own staff to help prevent it winning the Consumerist's Worst Company in America award.
Last year, though, Electronic Arts walked off with the prize, and this year things aren't looking too good.
It's already in the Final Four, where it must face the might of Ticketmaster. So EA's COO, Peter Moore, thought it best not to attempt ballot stuffing.
Instead, … Read more
If you're starving for information about Battlefield 4, three new screenshots found on EA's Web server might whet your appetite.
CNET confirmed the authenticity of the screenshots after downloading the files from an insecure EA Web directory associated with the official Battlefield blog. In comparison with its predecessor, BF4 appears to contain massive upgrades, especially when it comes to textures and draw distance, as well as considerable improvements in the way soldiers and weapons appear. … Read more
It's finally here. More than a year after it debuted and months after it went free to play, Star Wars: The Old Republic is getting its first downloadable expansion, Rise of the Hutt Cartel, due to arrive on April 14 (or April 9 for early preorders). The obvious question is, what has it got that could tempt former players to come back?
First of all, a new planet and more story. Much of the appeal of BioWare and LucasArts' MMO is the way every quest takes place against the backdrop of the galaxy-wide struggle between the Empire and the Republic, and every player class ends up playing a different but pivotal role.
Rise of the Hutt Cartel picks up at the end of the original story: The Republic's beating back the Empire, and the war machine on both sides needs fuel (hey, it's more dramatic than trade sanctions). The resource-stripping Hutts decide it's a good moment to take over the galaxy and be generally slimy, as they are wont to do, but now you can shoot them. Yay! Actually you're fighting their mercs. What starts as a quick smackdown of the Hutts turns into something more urgent and planetwide, and as usual, it's all up to you.… Read more
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