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EA Access Will Enable Xbox One Owners To Play Star Wars Battlefront First

Star Wars Battlefront is widely considered to be one of the most anticipated games of 2015. With that in mind, EA may have made one of the most compelling cases for picking up an EA Access subscription yet, as head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, confirmed that the shooter will be made available to EA Access subscribers on Xbox One before launch.

Players can pick up an EA Access subscription for $ 4.99 a month or $ 29.99 for the entire year. In addition to giving players the ability to play games from EA before launch, the subscription also grants a 10% discount on all digital purchases of EA games on Xbox One, as well as unlimited access to several games in EA's Vault. As of now, the service is exclusive to Xbox One.

Star Wars Battlefront hits PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC for everyone on November 17. If you'd like to check out our impressions of the game from when we played it at E3, you can head to our preview here.

[Source: Twitter via IGN]

 

Our Take
EA has continued to make its case for picking up a subscription to EA Access. While unlimited access to an ever-expanding library featuring titles like Titanfall and Dragon Age: Inquisition likely does a decent job of pushing people towards subscribing, it's opportunities like this one that have the most potential to bring in the real numbers. Even if it's only for a month, it would be surprising if the numbers of EA Access don't spike a little this holiday season.

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New Xbox One Madden NFL 16 Bundle Includes A Year Of EA Access

It's not uncommon to see major releases bundled in with consoles to help bolster sales, but the latest Xbox One bundle brings more than your average bundle. In addition to packing in a digital copy of the newest version of EA Sports' popular football franchise, the newly announced Xbox One Madden NFL 16 bundle includes a year subscription of EA Access.

EA Access, which is valued at $ 4.99 a month or $ 29.99 a year, grants you access to the EA Vault, which includes unlimited access to full versions of games such as Battlefield 4, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, and Titanfall. In addition, the Vault will be adding Game Informer's 2014 Game of the Year, Dragon Age: Inquisition, later this summer. EA Access subscribers also get limited early access to games from Electronic Arts (including Star Wars Battlefront later this year), as well as a 10% discount on all digital purchases of EA games on Xbox One.

The bundle also features a 1 TB internal hard drive, the highest amount of storage currently available for Xbox One. The bundle hits on August 18 for $ 399, with Madden NFL 16 activating on August 25. However, with the included EA Access membership, those who pick up this bundle will be able to begin checking out Madden NFL 16 on August 20. To learn more about Madden NFL 16's Franchise mode, you can read our preview here.

[Source: Xbox.com]

 

Our Take
Though Madden isn't for everyone, it is a very popular title. When you throw in an EA Access subscription, however, this bundle becomes much more enticing. Sure, the EA Access Vault is full of sports titles from 2013 and 2014, but it also gives new console owners an instant library from one of gaming's biggest publishers. The 1 TB hard drive, which is probably the minimum amount of storage I'd recommend for Xbox One owners who plan on buying several titles, further sweetens the deal. It wouldn't be surprising to see Xbox try to steal away some of PlayStation's momentum as the holidays approach, so this could be the first step in a more aggressive campaign.

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Curse Is Giving Away Guaranteed Access To The Rainbow Six Siege Beta

If you’re interested in trying out the wall-busting, hostage-saving Rainbow Six Siege, you can get a code for guaranteed access right now. Ubisoft will be running betas on all three platforms (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC), so regardless of where you want to play, you’ll be able to.

All you need to do is head over to Curse’s giveaway site and click the Redeem Code button. You’ll need to then head to the Rainbow Six website and login with your uPlay account (or create one).

Redeem your code, and you’ll get an email from Ubisoft when the client is ready for download on your preferred platform. For more on Rainbow Six Siege, check out our coverage from E3.

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DayZ’s Dean Hall: ‘I both love and hate Early Access’

As the DayZ creator embarks on a new venture, he speaks at length about the pitfalls and possibilities of Early Access development, as learned on that massively successful project. …


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Indie dev offers $100 hack bounty for Early Access game Ark

One of the developers of Early Access game Ark: Survival Evolved is offering to pay players $ 100 for reporting reproducible exploits and hacks that can negatively impact official servers for the game. …


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Defense Grid studio halts development of Early Access game

Hidden Path, a studio best known for its work on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and the Defense Grid tower defense games, has halted development of its Early Access title Windborne due to lack of funds. …


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WB Games Latest To Use Steam Early Access As Lego Worlds Joins Program

WB Games announced today the arrival of Lego Worlds on Steam's Early Access platform. The game is touted as a "limitless collection of procedurally generated worlds," bringing Minecraft and Lego one step closer to becoming a singularity. 

Tt Games, which is also developing two standard Lego titles and the upcoming Lego Dimensions toys-to-life game, is also working on this new title. Early Access players can unlock digital representations of some of Lego's physical building sets. More are planned in the future.

Lego Worlds will eventually support multiplayer and sharing features, though those are not available yet. WB Games anticipates the title remaining in Early Access until early 2016, at which time it will finalize a release candidate.

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Currently the game features the following items:

  • Procedurally Generated Worlds
  • Terrforming and Building tools
  • Discoveries and Unlocks
  • Rideable Creatures and Vehicles
  • Day/Night Cycle

WB Games anticipates the final version will also include:

  • Like/Dislike system for tailoring World Generation
  • Procedurally Generated Underground Cave Networks
  • LEGO ID integration to allow for sharing and uploading of in-game builds
  • Additional Biomes
  • Painting Themes
  • Pre-Generated Towns/Villages/Settlements relevant to the Biome
  • Updated AI Behaviors to provide organic feeling to free-roaming creatures and characters
  • Red Brick Extras
  • Full liquid behaviors
  • Additional Minifigure Characters and Creatures
  • Additional Vehicles and Pre-Built Models
  • Additional Weapons
  • Cut/Copy/Paste chunks of landscape
  • Underwater Gameplay (including Vehicles, Creatures and additional sea life)
  • Character Customizer
  • Online Multiplayer

With the release of Lego Worlds, WB Games joins Daybreak, Ubisoft, and Square Enix as a major publisher taking advantage of Steam's Early Access program. For more, you can check out the trailer above and the screenshots below.

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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.

[Source: EA]

 

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.

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How Codemasters surprise-launched Dirt: Rally onto Steam Early Access

We talk to Paul Coleman, lead designer on Dirt: Rally, about how Codemasters took its triple-A console franchise to Steam Early Access. …


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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.

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