Electronic Arts has finally launched Plants vs. Zombies 2 for Android devices. The game is available as a free download though seems to be unavailable here in India.
The zombies are coming… back. It’s about time! The sequel to the hit action-strategy adventure brings the fun to tablets and touchscreens. Join Crazy Dave on a crazy adventure where you’ll meet, greet and defeat legions of zombies from the dawn of time to the end of days. Amass an army of powerful new plants, supercharge them with Plant Food and power up your defenses with amazing new ways to protect your brain. Battle zombies from all worlds in the front yard Piñata Party mini-game to win big prizes. And that’s just the beginning! The future holds many mysteries… also zombies. Lots and lots of zombies.
Nokia continues to expand their partnerships to bring exclusive content to their Lumia branded Windows Phone devices.
The latest is the popular EA game based on soccer. FIFA 13 is now available through the Windows Phone Store exclusively to Lumia owners.
It is not clear how long would this exclusivity last. The game is compatible only with Windows Phone 8 devices. It is priced at USD 5.
The game consists of 30 leagues, 500 licensed teams, more than 15,000 players and 32 authentic stadiums.
Maxis has stated that they need more time to get ready with the OS X edition of their SimCity game.
The game is already available on Windows for a few months now though the launch was quite controversial.
The company said:
We have made this tough decision because we do not believe it is ready for primetime yet. We want to ensure the Mac is a great experience for our players and that is why we are taking more time.
SimCity gamers are still frustrated with the artificial limits implemented by the company especially regarding to city sizes. The version for Windows would soon get another round of update with bug fixes and other enhancements.
Electronic Arts has confirmed that they are no longer developing any new games for the Nintendo Wii U gaming platform.
EA was one of the launch partners and they have released a bunch of games for Wii U like f Mass Effect 3, Fifa 13 and Need for Speed Most Wanted.
However, no new games are expected to arrive in the near future. Battlefield and Madden are some of the franchises that are left untapped from the EA stable for this new platform.
EA said that they might change this stance in the future but for now, Wii U market is not big enough for them to focus on.
Electronic Arts has announced that they are dumping their Online Pass platform based on customer feedback.
EA Online Pass was designed to tackle the second hand videogame market by offering one activation per game disc.
To use the same disc on another console, user had to get a fresh Online Pass which was sold at a price.
This made it difficult for gamers to sell their used games in the second hand market. And the protests were enough to force EA to change their mind.
The company said:
Yes, we’re discontinuing Online Pass. None of our new EA titles will include that feature. We’re still committed to creating content and services that enhance the game experience well beyond the day you first start playing.
Electronic Arts has announced that they are going to shut down three of their social games this June.
These games are: The Sims Social, SimCity Social and Pet Society. These games are offered through the Facebook platform.
EA said that these games are no longer popular and they want to focus on their upcoming games like Bejeweled, Solitaire, and Plants vs. Zombies.
Electronic Arts has surprised market analysts by launching a free mobile app named Vue on Apple iOS devices in Canada and Australia.
The app is focused on social sharing of music and photos. There is no videogaming element!
Users can create music playlists and share music with friends and family. Music is fetched from existing services like Rdio and Spotify.
Electronic Arts might still be trying to recover from the mess they created with SimCity but they are not halting their future launches.
EA and Insomniac Games have announced that their co-op four person shooter game Fuse would launch in the North American market on May 28.
It would arrive in Europe on May 31.
Insomniac Games CEO Ted Price said:
Insomniac Games is known for delivering best-in-class weaponry that breaks the mold of traditional video games — and Fuse is no different. These Xenotech weapons further the innovation players will find in this unique, action co-op shooter. We can’t wait to bring Fuse, our first multi-platform game, to gamers worldwide this May.
The game would launch on Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3 platforms.
Electronic Arts has launched their new game Need for Speed Most Wanted U for the Nintendo Wii U platform.
The game come fully optimized for the special controllers that ship with the Wii U gaming console.
The company said:
For the Wii U game, we wanted to embrace what makes the Wii U such a unique system – the touch-screen Gamepad, same-room social play and sharp visuals.
It’s everything our fans love about Most Wanted, from the open world freedom, to the nonstop online to the ability to drive almost any car they find right from the outset.
And most of all, it’s about co-operative play. Help out a less experienced player; they drive using the traditional Wii controller, while you play along with the Wii U Gamepad.
Looks like the failed launch of SimCity has claimed its victim. EA CEO John Riccitiello has submitted his resignation.
The reason behind his decision to resign is disappointing financial performance in the recent quarters.
He would leave the company at the end of the current month. Larry Probst is taking over as the interim CEO of the company.
Probst spoke about the new development:
John’s final day will be March 30. I will serve as executive chairman and work with John and the management team to ensure a smooth and orderly transition. The Board will immediately initiate a search and both internal and external candidates will be considered for the CEO position. I hired John in 1997 as our COO and, after leaving to start a private equity firm, he rejoined in 2007 as our CEO. In 12 years of service, he compiled a history of great leadership. John’s tenure at EA has been marked by bold decisions, a big vision for online games, a passion for product quality and an enduring respect for the people who work here.