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Crysis Warhead Available for PC Starting September 18, 2008

There's one more good news that will make gamers happier. Electronic Arts and Crytek GmbH announced today that Crysis Warhead, the next installment in the award-winning Crysis franchise, has shipped to retailers in North America and Europe and will hit store shelves and participating digital download services starting September 18, 2008 exclusively for the PC. Crysis Warhead takes place alongside the events of last year’s original Crysis, with players taking control of Sergeant “Psycho” Sykes. Crysis Warhead won't require the first Crysis to be installed, it's a standalone game. Electronic Arts will charge $29.99 for it. “The launch of Crysis Warhead marks a significant milestone for the entire Crytek family,” said Cevat Yerli, CEO and President of Crytek. “The team at Crytek Hungary has delivered a dynamic and intense single player experience more than worthy of the Crysis franchise, while the multiplayer team in Frankfurt has revisited and extended multiplayer in the Crysis universe with Crysis Wars. They are both great representations of our studio’s core values of technical excellence, craftsmanship and quality.”Source: Crysis Warhead

Battlefield 2142 version 1.50 Final Patch Released

Electronic Arts today released an update for the Battlefield 2142 franchise bringing the game to version 1.50. As a Battlefield 2 player, I know major updates like this one occur very rarely, so enjoy it. This new update includes new community maps (Wake Island 2142 and Operation Shingle), the ability to use widescreen resolutions, added no vehicles mode and Conquest Assaults modes, and more.

DOWNLOADSource: Electronic Arts

EA Further Extends Expiration Date for Take-Two Offer to June 16, 2008

Game publisher Electronic Arts said it is extending its tender offer for Take-Two Interactive Software to to 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on Monday, June 16, 2008, unless further extended. This is the third extension in EA's buyout attempt, previous offer was set to expire on May 16, 2008. EA, which first proposed to Take-Two in late February this year, said despite the extension, it's current offer remains the same.
EA's offer price remains unchanged at $25.74 per share and our offer is still subject to conditions that include regulatory approval. As stated earlier, we retain the right to terminate the offer if the conditions are not satisfied.
said Owen Mahoney, Senior Vice President of EA Corporate Development.Source:

EA Launches Hostile Takeover Bid for Take-Two

Following failed talks with Take-Two’s management, games developer Electronic Arts has instead decided to directly approach shareholders with its takeover bid. EA has kept its offer at $26 per share, which would give the deal a total value of around $2 billion. EA’s CEO, John Riccitiello, said:
This is a great opportunity for Take-Two shareholders. We believe Take-Two investors will see our tender offer as the best way to maximize the value of their investment in Take-Two. This tender offer provides a clear process to complete the proposed transaction. For EA shareholders, the combination would add additional intellectual properties to our already strong portfolio and welcome Take-Two's talented creative teams to the great development organization we've built at EA.
Take-Two has issued a notice to all of its shareholders urging them not to accept the offer, but EA has set a deadline of 11th April – two weeks before the release of the eagerly awaited Grand Theft Auto IV.Source: DailyTech

EA Teams With Sports Giant IMG

Electronic Arts has inked a deal with sports and entertainment giant IMG for a number of undisclosed projects. IMG's diverse business incorporates sports and events management, media production, broadcast content and sports training academies. "This is an exciting step in the evolution of EA Sports and our global brand marketing efforts," commented Peter Moore, president of EA Sports. "This partnership further diversifies our business by allowing us to take our brand deeper into the fabric of sports and lifestyle entertainment. In addition to developing the world's top sports videogames, IMG's worldwide licensing and media expertise gives us the opportunity to establish creative new consumer touchpoints with EA Sports, both in games and in other relevant categories." IMG will license and market the EA Sports brand in a variety new product categories, "which could include sports camps, gaming lounges, publishing products, performance apparel and more," said the companies.Source:

Spore Video Game Gets September Release Date

Electronic Arts has set a launch date for Spore, the anticipated computer and Nintendo DS game from "Sims" creator Will Wright. Spore was first announced a couple years ago, and is the first major project for Wright since his phenomenal success with the Sims franchise. It allows players to create their own creatures, their own environments, and even their own planets. The goal of the game is to successfully manage a universe through five phases of evolution. The game will launch simultaneously on PC, Mac, Nintendo DS, and mobile phone platforms, on September 7. Last year, Electronic Arts announced a partnership with TransGaming to use the Cider Portability Engine as a way to more quickly port PC games to the Mac platform. Since then, EA has released several titles on both formats simultaneously, getting rid of huge delays that previously plagued the Mac community.Source: TG Daily

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 Goes on the Cover of a Magazine

Publisher Electronic Arts and magazine PC Gamer have pulled back the iron curtain, revealing the existence of Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3. The game marks the first entry in the spin-off RTS series since the Yuri's Revenge Red Alert 2 expansion pack in 2001. That's just about everything in the way of details. Judging from the cover of the PC Magazine, it's obvious that the game is headed to PCs, but details if it will make console fans happy too are unknown. More info on Red Alert 3 are expected when the issue hits stores March 4.

Source: Shacknews

Crysis has Sold over 1 Million Copies in Less than 3 Months

Crytek's first person shooter game, Crysis, has been reported for selling over 1 million copies in less than three month during the Electronic Arts third quarter earnings conference call yesterday. Even though the game has gone platinum, CEO John Riccitiello said that EA is "not satisfied" with the overall third quarter financial results. The company was disappointed that none of the big successes were developed internally. "We did not have any internally developed breakaway titles," said Riccitiello. "The closest thing we had to breakaway titles in 2007 were Skate and FIFA," he continued. Riccitiello expects Burnout Paradise to be another big hit, but he didn't give any more indications than that at this early stage in the game's shelf life.Source: Bit-tech

Introducing Battlefield Heroes - Play 4 Free Game from Electronic Arts

At the Digital, Life, Design Conference (DLD) in Munich, Electronic Arts announced it will be releasing an all-new free Battlefield Heroes shooter. Battlefield Heroes is a brand new Play 4 Free game from the people that brought you the multi-million selling Battlefield 1942 and Battlefield 2. It will be a fun cartoon-style shooter which caters to players of all skill levels – easy to pick up and play, but with deep character development. Aimed at the mass market, the game will offer a downloadable client, lots of character customization and hours of shooting madness.
With the new online model we will continually add new content to keep the game fresh and keep players engaged, while integrating player feedback in real time. As a game developer, it is such a cool new way to make games.
said Ben Cousins, Senior Producer at DICE, an EA company, that is behind this new project. Battlefield Heroes will be released for the PC as a free download in Summer 2008. Head over to the Battlefield Heroes site to keep up to date with its progress.Source: Battlefield Heroes, Eurogamer

Crysis 1.1 Patch Released

The first patch for Crysis has been released, which you can download from here. The changes are as follows:

  • Damage dealt to vehicles when shot by LAW has been made consistent
  • F12 (screenshot) now works in restricted mode as well
  • When player melees during gun raise animation, their gun will not be in a permanently raised position anymore
  • Memory leaks and potential crashes

Need for Speed: ProStreet demo tomorrow?

Expreview states that EA Games will release a demo of the upcoming Need for Speed: ProStreet game tomorrow.

The "driving area" of the game has been re-worked to offer a more authentic experience. As in the prequels, all race circuits will be closed - you will not be able to choose your own way from point A to point B in a race. A new damage model will be present in ProStreet, and the racer will have to repair his car after the race. 4 game modes should be available.

Source: Expreview (translated)

Crysis Pushed Back to November

According to Electronic Arts executives speaking during the company's latest analyst conference call, Crytek's highly anticipated first-person shooter Crysis has been delayed into the company's upcoming third fiscal quarter, which runs from October to December of this year. EA expects the game to release in early November. Previously, Crysis was only officially confirmed as releasing in fiscal year 2008. Last month, various sources reported on a fact sheet claiming a September 14 ship date.Source: Shacknews
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