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EA Kicks FIFA 15 Into EA Access On Xbox One

Electronic Arts has added another title to its EA Access membership program. FIFA 15 is the latest full title to become available to members of the program.

The latest entry in the annual soccer series is the tenth one on the roster. The full offerings include:

  • Battlefield 4
  • EA Sports UFC
  • FIFA 14
  • FIFA 15
  • Madden NFL 15
  • NBA Live 15
  • Need for Speed Rivals
  • NHL 15
  • Peggle 2
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare

For more on EA Access, including pricing and other benefits, check out our previous coverage.

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Our Take
EA seems to be adding its games to the Access service at a fairly reasonable clip. Nine months or so isn’t too long to wait for games you might not want to put on the must-buy list. It’s been less than a year since the service was announced, and EA hasn’t spoken much about its financial success or subscription numbers, just a comment in October that the service is surpassing expectations. – The Feed

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Shadowrun Chronicles Leaves Early Access, Offers Online Campaign Co-Op

Cyberpunk fans are likely already familiar with Harebrained Schemes' excellent Shadowrun Returns reboot. Because the role-playing world featuring cybernetic elves and orcs is too big for one studio, developer Cliffhanger Productions is officially releasing Shadowrun Chronicles – Boston Lockdown today on Steam. The game lets distant shadowrunners team up to take on the co-op campaign.

Cliffhanger released a new trailer for Shadowrun Chronicles, offering a glimpse of the game's bleak vision of a tech-infused fantasy future. 

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Shadowrun Chronicles was recently announced back in 2011 as Shadowrun Online. It entered Steam Early Access last year. For more information on Shadowrun Chronicles, and to pick up the game yourself, head over to the game's Steam page.

Our Take
Since Shadowrun Chronicles was first announced, Harebrained Schemes announced their Shadowrun Returns Kickstarter, got it funded, released the game to positive reviews, and funded another campaign on Kickstarter. That's a lot of Shadowrun since Cliffhanger Productions first announced its game (both games are officially licensed via rights holders Topps and Microsoft. Hopefully the several ongoing Shadowrun products don't confuse fans, and some folks check out Chronicles' intriguing online co-op. – The Feed

Beat Back The Hordes In Killing Floor 2 Early Access Trailer

If you enjoyed the expanded Horde Mode-like gameplay of the original sci-fi horror FPS Killing Floor, then you might want to nab Tripwire Interactive’s sequel, which hit’s Steam early access today.

Using weapons like the Double-barrel Boomstick and the ruthless Pulverizer, players can team up with up to 6 friends an try to survive an endless onslaught of monsters. Killing Floor 2 is available now for PC via Steam Early Access for $ 29.99. Check out the new screens and trailer below.

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Watch a Dev Diary on the guns of Killing Floor 2, or check out this video on zombie dismemberment. – The Feed

Killing Floor 2 Gets Steam Early Access Date & Details

Developer Tripwire Interactive has announced that Killing Floor 2 will hit Steam Early Access later this month, with a hopeful full release by the end of the year.

The Early Access version (out on April 21 for $ 29.99) contains three levels, four perk classes, 27 weapons, 11 Zeds, seven playable characters, a boss, and level creation.

Tripwire says that the final game will contain 10 perk classes and more weapons and levels, the balancing will be tweaked, and other features are being planned as well. The studio also says that this build of the game contains no game-breaking bugs and can be played solo or co-op.

For more on the game, take a look at this recent dev diary covering perks, animations, and more.

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Our Take
Developer Tripwire states very sincere in its Early Access notes that this version of the game is a fully functioning version of the game, and that this period is for balancing and testing. The studio won't commit to a firm release date, but given how clearly they've explained where the game currently is, what they believe Early Access is for, and what else needs to be done, it is confident the title will not be mired in Early Access forever. – The Feed

Early Access Version Of Victor Vran Introduces Four Player Cooperative Multiplayer

Victor Vran has been in early access on Steam for some time now and has seen multiple improvements and additions such as new levels, weapons and private stashes. Now four player cooperative multiplayer has been added so you can truly get a feel for the Diablo-like action RPG.

Coinciding with this update, Victor Vran will be discounted for a short time. You can check out the 4 player co-op in action below and get a look at the new scythe, rapier, and lightning gun weapons in the second video.

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Looking at their development roadmap on Steam, you can expect more content to be added to the early access version over time. Additionally early access Mac and Linux versions of Victor Vran are planned before the final launch. If you want to learn more about Victor Vran check out our preview from the initial reveal. – The Feed

Sunless Sea sales and funding data: From Early Access to final release

Rich data on the indie game: “On 1st July, we launched on Steam. Across all channels – our website, Steam and the Humble Store – we sold 28,423 copies in July. Of those, 72% were in the first week.” …

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Early Access Coming For Sony’s MOBA-Like Kill Strain

Sony revealed Kill Strain for the PlayStation 4 at its PlayStation Experience event late last year. The MOBA-like game pits three teams against one another, in an unusual 5v2v5 configuration. If that asymmetrical setup sounds interesting to you, Sony San Diego has announced that prospective players will be able to check it out in an early access beta.

To learn more, visit Kill Strain's official site. You'll have to select the "Play" icon at the top of the screen, where you'll then be prompted to fill out a form with your email address and PSN ID. After that, you'll just have to sit tight. The studio hasn't provided any timeline for these beta events, so don't expect to see an invitation pop up in your inbox in the immediate future. While you wait, be sure to take a look at the gameplay tutorials and other information on the site. They offer a nice overview of the various factions and their abilities.

For more information about Kill Strain, take a look at Reiner's hands-on impressions, based on a 30-minute session at the PlayStation Experience.


Our Take
It's fun to get your hands on an upcoming release before the game comes out. Even though the whole point of a beta is giving the developer a chance to tune and balance the game, it's also a great way to see if a game's worth buying when it's officially for sale. Kill Strain sounds like it has some cool ideas, and I'm looking forward to seeing how they all gel together. – The Feed

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EA Access Members Get 10 Hours Of Early Battlefield Hardline Time

EA has a second announcement for members of its Xbox One-exclusive Access program today. Earlier, we reported that NBA Live 15 has entered the vault, making it the eighth such free-with-membership title.

Today, EA has detailed it’s early play time plan for Battlefield Hardline. The publisher is increasing the amount of time you can enjoy the title before release from six hours of previous titles to ten hours.

You’ll have access to both single- and multiplayer, though the campaign only offers the prologue and first chapter. All of the maps and modes are included on the multiplayer side.

For more on Battlefield Hardline, check out our previous coverage. The title will be out on March 17 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC. Early play time starts on March 12 for EA Access members.


Our Take
It’s good to see EA increasing the early play time for Access members. For those that might be on the fence about this different take on the franchise, being able to try before you buy might be most useful. There’s a lot riding on the success of Battlefield Hardline (including redeeming the brand after Battlefield 4). Good buzz from EA Access members could be a powerful force. – The Feed