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This is quite the rumor, but according to Wedbush Morgan analyst, Michael Pachter, DICE won't be developing the next Battlefield title. This is interesting, especially because it's EA.
Pachter said in a note to the press: "We spoke with management on Thursday afternoon, and although they have not yet announced a version of Battlefield for FY15, they confirmed that our understanding is spot on and that if a version of Battlefield were to be released in FY15, it would be developed by a studio other than DICE."
This would make sense, if EA wanted to pump out annual Battlefield games, like Activision does with Call of Duty. It would make more sense, because EA has killed off the Medal of Honor franchise, and doesn't have two military shooters to go back-to-back every alternate year. But, would it water down the Battlefield franchise, or would it help it flourish?
I've had issues with Battlefield 4, don't get me wrong, but when it works, it's an amazing game. Well, there are issues plaguing most platforms - next-gen consoles included - and EA wants to get it all fixed before it continues working on its DLC for BF4.
EA has put its foot down, with future expansions not being worked on until the problems with Battlefield 4 are a thing of the past. It's good to see EA kicking ass this early into the game, but these problems wouldn't be here if they didn't rush the game to release. EA said in its statement:
First, we want to thank the fans out there that are playing and supporting us with Battlefield 4. We know we still have a ways to go with fixing the game - it is absolutely our #1 priority. The team at DICE is working non-stop to update the game. Since Battlefield 4 China Rising expansion pack was already in the final stages of development by the time issues began with Battlefield 4, we decided to fulfill our promise to deliver it this week, but we're not moving onto future projects or expansions until we sort out all the issues with Battlefield 4. We know many of our players are frustrated, and we feel your pain. We will not stop until this is right.
It's no secret that Valve has been very Linux friendly as of late, and today the company publicly declared its commitment to the open source operating system by officially joining the Linux Foundation. This adds Valve to a prestigious list of heavy hitters such as HP, Intel, IBM, Oracle, and Samsung who are also part of the foundation.
"Joining the Linux Foundation is one of many ways Valve is investing in the advancement of Linux gaming," Mike Sartain, a key member of the Linux team at Valve said. "Through these efforts we hope to contribute tools for developers building new experiences on Linux, compel hardware manufacturers to prioritize support for Linux, and ultimately deliver an elegant and open platform for Linux users."
With SteamOS just around the corner, and more game developers supporting Linux and Steam every day, 2014 is going to be a big year for Linux gaming. I have a friend who has been predicting this for several years now, and today I had to concede all of my arguments to him on why this would never happen. At the rate things are progressing, I am willing to bet that in 5 years Linux and SteamOS will be as big of, if not a larger gaming platform than Windows is now.
If you're based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and want the opportunity to test games out for Bethesda, then prepare yourselves! The developer is looking for playtesters to try out its "upcoming and released games".
The Dallas-Fort Worth area is where id Software is based, with id Software and Bethesda both subsidiaries Zenimax Media. Considering id Software is currently working on first-person shooter, Doom 4, this could be quite the opportunity for someone interested. Those who are interested need to provide their own transport to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, must be at least 18 years old, and will be unpaid volunteers. An NDA will require your signature, too.
I've been playing Battlefield 4 quite a bit (quite a bit for me is more than 5 hours in a week) and I thoroughly enjoy it. Keep in mind, I'm looking through the issues and bugs, and just at the game itself. Well, Battlefield 4's first expansion, China Rising, is here, and so is its trailer.
The trailer shows off some incredible gameplay moments, only possible in Battlefield 4, and is available right now for Premium members. There are four new maps included with China Rising, with the DLC launching on December 17 for those not on Premium.
Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony would like you to believe that PC Gaming is dead and the only way to have a good experience with next-gen games is to purchase a console, but new figures in from over the weekend proves that PC gaming is here to stay. Website VG247.com says that yesterday, Valve broke a new record for concurrent users on its Steam platform.
Around 11AM on Sunday, December 1st Steam saw over 7 million concurrent users on the service all gaming at the same time. This represents a new record for Valve, and is more than 400,000 users larger than its previous record which was set this past January. Dota 2 was the most popular title with more than 542,000 users playing at once, while Counter Strike: Global Offensive came in second with 93,905 users playing at the same time. Skyrim, Civilization V, and Football Manager 2013 round out the top five.
The Steam Autumn Sales continue, with some great games dropping in price. We have Civilization V down from $69.99 to $17.49 - a huge 75% off. Payday 2 is 55% off, dropping from $29.99 to $13.49.
Other big savings include Metro: Last Light which has dropped from $54.99 to just $18.69 - something I'm going to buy as soon as I'm finished writing this news. Far Cry 3 is a huge 75% off, from #34.95 to just $8.73.
Amazon is jumping in early with the Cyber Monday teases, with a huge set of games on sale for both the next- and current-gen consoles. The Cyber Monday deals start on December 2 at 3:01am ET and include:
- Madden NFL 25 - PS3, Xbox 360
- FIFA 14 - PS3, Xbox 360
- Battlefield 4 - PC, PS3, Xbox 360
- NCAA Football 14 - PS3, Xbox 360
- Need for Speed Rivals - PC, PS3, Xbox 360
- Call of Duty: Ghosts - PC, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One
- Grand Theft Auto 5 - PS3, Xbox 360
- Ryse: Son of Rome - Xbox One
- Forza Motorsport 5 - Xbox One
- Dead Rising 3 - Xbox One
- Saints Row 4 - PS3, Xbox 360
- Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix - PS3
- Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn - PS3
- Elder Scrolls Anthology - PC
You can get more information on the Cyber Monday deal from Amazon, here.
DICE has promised to patch up the PC version of Battlefield 4 in a few days time, on December 2 to be specific, where the patch will fix the "one-hit kill" bug which sees gamers damaged from a single bullet multiple times.
Of course, other bugs are squashed with this patch, with the usual crashes and audio bugs fixed. The patch is currently being verified before it's pushed out to the public, but it should fix most of the issues that people are experiencing with BF4. Speaking of BF4, we benchmarked it on Radeon HD 7970s in CrossFire at 7860x1440, if you want to check it out.
We've already seen the Steam Autumn Sales, and the EA Origin sales, but if you were looking for something to buy from GOG.com, you're in luck - GOG.com has a massive sale which includes over 60 games.
A bunch of DRM-free classics, mixed with some newer titles are all on special. Some of my favorite games from yesteryear are on special, with Alone in the Dark 1, 2 and 3 on special for just $1.79. You can get a game like Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena for a dirt cheap $4.49, and Rollercoaster Tycoon: Deluxe for just $1.79.
A full list of games can be seen here, with some of the games available for both PC and Mac.