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Madden NFL 16 Free For EA Access Subscribers Starting This Week

EA has announced that  EA Access subscribers will soon be getting access to Madden NFL 16. And just in time for the Super Bowl!

The game will be available to download for subscribers starting on Feb 2. The Vault, EA Access' library of downloadable titles, includes Battlefield: Hardline, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Titanfall, Need For Speed Rivals, and others. The service also grants users access to certain games that EA is publishing before their release date. Unravel, the cute upcoming game starring a little man made of yarn, is one of the titles players will have early access. Subscribers will be able to play a chunk of Unravel starting February 4, several days before its release on February 9.

The service costs $ 4.99 a month (a full year subscription is $ 29.99) and is available to Xbox One and PC users though on PC, it's called Origin Access.

[Source: EA Access]

 

Our Take
I've been kind of leery of EA services since experiencing many trials and tribulations with trying to get Origin to work back in 2012 but $ 4.99 for a vault of quality games and early access to games is pretty tempting, I must admit.

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When Is Guaranteed Beta Access Not A Guarantee? When It’s The Division

Ubisoft has just alerted fans that The Division beta is getting full. Here’s what you need to know if you’re waiting on a key.

The publisher says it "can no longer guarantee access." Those who have pre-ordered but not received their access could be getting one tomorrow. Another batch is being sent out, and Ubisoft says it is coordinating with its retail partners to ensure that they get into your hands.

If you requested one but haven’t pre-ordered yet, you may still see one show up. Ubisoft says it is trying to get as many people in as possible.

What Ubisoft isn’t saying (though we’ve inquired about it) is what happens if you attempt to purchase the game digitally right now. Xbox Live, PSN, and Steam purchases are supposed to grant access without a code. If the beta is your prime impetus for pre-ordering or pre-purchasing right now, you might want to wait. 

Ubisoft has said since the start on its FAQ that there are limited numbers of guaranteed access codes. However, in promotional material, the company touted that it would guarantee spots for those that pre-order from eligible retailers. There is no disclaimer that codes are limited on this page, for instance.

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However, the Steam page for the game mentions both "guaranteed" access but also "depends on availability in each territories [sic]." This is a new definition of "guaranteed" with which we are not familiar. We’ll update as soon as we know more, but wanted to get this out to you as soon as possible.

[Source: Ubisoft (1), (2), (3)]

 

Our Take
With The Division in such high demand after a long development cycle, it’s not a surprise that the beta is filled with eager players. However, Ubisoft’s promise of guaranteed access is a contradiction. It’s fine to include exemptions and disclaimers on offers (including enticements like beta access), but they need to be prominent and on the same page.

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MMO Shooter Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade Launches This Year, PC Early Access Now

Way back at E3 2013, Behaviour Interactive revealed a Warhammer 40,000 game called Eternal Crusade. Since then, there’s been precious little information about the title. But much like the Emperor of Man, it is not dead.

Bandai Namco has announced that it will be publishing the title, which is due later this year. Eternal Crusade is described as a massively multiplayer online third-person shooter (MMOTPS). 

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Players will choose to play as one of four factions (Humans, Eldar, Orks, and Chaos), with a number of activities teased including base attack and defense and fights against Tyranid hordes.

Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade is in Early Access on Steam for PC players now. It will be released in full later this year for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

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Torment: Tides Of Numenera Summoned To Early Access With New Trailer

 

Developer inXile has released the first segment of its
Kickstarted RPG Torment: Tides of Numenera via Early Access on Steam. The new trailer
shows glimpses of the Ninth World, a fantastical imagining of Earth in the
future.

 

The setting expands on Monte Cook’s Numenera tabletop RPG and
acts as the spiritual successor to the cult classic RPG Planescape: Torment. Original Planescape team members Chris Avellone, Colin
McComb and Mark Morgan are returning for this iteration in the series. 

 

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Torment: Tides of Numenera is inXile’s second successful Kickstarter
of three, surpassing its $ 900,000 goal with over $ 5 million in pledges. The
game was funded in April 2013 after Wasteland 2’s successful Kickstarter and
before The Bard’s Tale IV. Torment was delayed twice during development along with changes in project leadership.

 

Torment: Tides of Numenera is expected to release later this year. To see more coverage on Torment, click here.

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EA Access Comes To Origin On PC With 15 Free-With-Membership Games

EA Access, the publisher’s discount and free-with-membership gaming platform, has until now been limited to Xbox One. Starting today, PC gamers can get in on the action.

Origin Access costs $ 4.99 per month and offers similar benefits to the Xbox One version. Members save 10 percent on Origin store purchases, get free pre-release access to games, and a number of games in the “vault.”

The included titles at launch are:

  • Battlefield 3
  • Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe
  • Battlefield Hardline Digital Deluxe
  • Dead Space
  • Dead Space 2
  • Dead Space 3
  • Dragon Age: Origins – Ultimate Edition
  • Dragon Age II
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Digital Deluxe  
  • FIFA 15
  • Need for Speed Rivals Complete Edition
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare
  • The Sims 3 Starter Pack
  • SimCity
  • This War of Mine

It appears that the PC version does not include bulk pricing. The only option is the monthly membership.

You can read more and sign up on EA’s website.

[Source: Origin]

 

Our Take
Comments made on past earnings calls indicate that this program has been a boon for EA. Expanding it to PC makes sense, but I don’t know that Sony will ever be interested in a PS4 iteration. The company said it didn’t see value in it when Origin launched, and it doesn’t seem like much has changed.

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New Tom Clancy Humble Bundle Includes Beta Access For The Division

This week's Humble Bundle brings with it a slew of classic Rainbow Six and Splinter Cell games, as well as something else that's pretty interesting. If you pay above the average ($ 9.63 at the moment), you also get access to the beta for The Division, which gives you a chance to play it without having to try your luck with the waitlist or preorder the game.

You can check out all the games available in the bundle here. For my money, Splinter Cell: Blacklist is a modern classic more than worth the $ 10 you pay to get it. Everything else is just a swell bonus.

If you're concerned about whether your computer can run any of the more recent games in the bundle, Humble has provided a helpful document that contains the system requirements for them.

If you're looking to get into some other eary access betas free-of-charge, head here.

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Stop using Early Access as a funding source, says Studio Wildcard co-founder

“If many games look at it that way and lots of games don’t ship or fail to come to market, this model is going to go away.” …


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Space Budgie studio on the pros and cons of Early Access

‘Consumer expectations of Early Access have changed quite a bit since we launched last year. Players are much more careful about choosing what sort of games they’ll buy.’ …


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Don’t Starve: Shipwrecked Expansion Sails Into Steam Early Access

Don't Starve's latest expansion, Shipwrecked, is now available to play on Steam Early Access. Normally priced at $ 4.99, players can begin their new survival tale at a 10% discount beginning now until December 8.

Co-developed by Capy Games, Shipwrecked finds Wilson marooned on a island in the middle of the ocean. Players can expect the Early Access build to receive regular content updates, but you'll need the base Don't Starve game to experience Shipwrecked. It's currently playable only on Windows, but Mac and Linux versions are being worked on and will arrive on Steam once finished. 

You can purchase the Shipwrecked on Steam, and those with additional questions can view Klei's handy FAQ. Check out Shipwrecked's new trailer and screenshots below. 

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