Did you enjoy the Battlefield Hardline beta over the weekend? EA did too, as over six million players participated in the open beta for Xbox, Playstation and PC. In celebration of this, EA is extending the beta until an undeterimined time tonight. With Evolve releasing tomorrow, another day of Battlefield Hardline is a good thing.
The Crew will be getting a new patch on Thursday adding a new PvP mode along with some fixes to statistics and challenges. The new PvP mode is an elimination style race with 10 new tracks available. Fixes and improvements include tweaking of several cars' handling and speed, showing when friends appear offline now, and an improved frame rate in the cockpit view.
Not all news is dandy for EA today. The 4v1 game Shadow Realms developed by Bioware Austin has been cancelled. While this game has been playable to the public and was being tested in a closed beta, other projects seemed to take priority over Shadow Realms. A quote by General Manager of Bioware Austin Jeff Hickman explains why the plug was pulled on Shadow Realms.
"While the team did amazing work on the game concept and we got lots of great feedback from our fans at events and through other game testing, right now there are other projects for the team to work on within the BioWare studios for the coming year and beyond. We’ve got an incredibly talented team here at the Austin studio, and they are excited and already deep on new projects within the BioWare family, ones that will make some great BioWare games even better."
You can expect other Bioware projects will no doubt get some extra love now from Bioware Austin. Although curiosity about Shadow Realms arises, and perhaps it was not shaping up as initially envisioned.
In case you were not aware, the $50 off Xbox bundles does extend to the Kinect bundles as well. As seen on the Xbox One page, an Assassin's Creed Unity bundle with Kinect is now $449.99.
After making a return last year, the R.B.I. Baseball franchise is ready for another season here in 2015. R.B.I. Baseball 15 will release this spring for Playstation 4, Xbox One, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android phone and tablets, and PC/Mac. Curiously omitted from the list is Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, which received R.B.I. Baseball 14 last year. All 30 Major League Baseball stadiums will be represented in authentic detail. Rosters will be again set at 16 but with the option to bump that number to 25 by picking from each franchise's 40 man roster. R.B.I. Baseball will have over 1,000 players in its database with detailed on-field attributes for each player. Individual statistics will now be tracked this year, which is a notable improvement from last year's game. With some obvious changes presented today, it seems the R.B.I. franchise is ready to take in criticism from last year to make a much improved game this time around.