Origin Ends On The House Promotion For Free Older Games

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Origin Ends On The House Promotion For Free Older Games

If you have used Origin with much frequency, you might remember that the EA-owned digital distribution service occasionally gave away free games under the "On the House" label. Today, EA has officially retired the program and will not be offering anymore games for free under that promotion, as they confirmed in a response to Polygon.

The promotion started in 2014 as a way for EA to incentivize players to switch away from Steam and start using Origin more often. The service gave away games like Dead Space, Theme Hospital, Dragon Age: Origins, Mass Effect 2, and most recently Peggle last April, for players to download and keep forever. It is distinct from services like PlayStation Plus or Xbox Games with Gold because there's no subscription access and the games are retained on your account regardless of what you pay for.

The timing around this decision is fairly obvious, as EA's Origin Access Premier launches on July 30. The higher tier of Origin Access means no waiting for any games that eventually come to EA/Origin Access and players can just get access them for $14.99 a month or $99.99 a year. It is likely EA wants to incentivize those services by cutting off free games. Using the link to the On the House promotion now just takes you to a page advertising Origin Access.

Origin Ends On The House Promotion For Free Older Games

about X hours ago from
Origin Ends On The House Promotion For Free Older Games

If you have used Origin with much frequency, you might remember that the EA-owned digital distribution service occasionally gave away free games under the "On the House" label. Today, EA has officially retired the program and will not be offering anymore games for free under that promotion, as they confirmed in a response to Polygon.

The promotion started in 2014 as a way for EA to incentivize players to switch away from Steam and start using Origin more often. The service gave away games like Dead Space, Theme Hospital, Dragon Age: Origins, Mass Effect 2, and most recently Peggle last April, for players to download and keep forever. It is distinct from services like PlayStation Plus or Xbox Games with Gold because there's no subscription access and the games are retained on your account regardless of what you pay for.

The timing around this decision is fairly obvious, as EA's Origin Access Premier launches on July 30. The higher tier of Origin Access means no waiting for any games that eventually come to EA/Origin Access and players can just get access them for $14.99 a year or $99.99 a year. It is likely EA wants to incentivize those services by cutting off free games. Using the link to the On the House promotion now just takes you to a page advertising Origin Access.

Star Wars: Episode IX Cast Revealed

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Star Wars: Episode IX Cast Revealed

With filming on Star Wars: Episode IX beginning, Lucasfilm has decided to get ahead of the leaks and rumors and simply reveal the cast list. For the ninth movie, which is being directed by The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams after Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow was taken off, a number of old fan favorites return, as well as unreleased footage for an actress no longer with us.

"Returning cast members include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd," the release reads. "Joining the cast of Episode IX are Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant, who will be joined by veteran Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian."

Moreover, Carrie Fisher will stay as Leia using previously unused footage before she passed away in 2016.

Star Wars: Episode IX Cast Revealed

about X hours ago from
Star Wars: Episode IX Cast Revealed

With filming on Star Wars: Episode IX beginning, Lucasfilm has decided to get ahead of the leaks and rumors and simply reveal the cast list. For the ninth movie, which is being directed by The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams after Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow was taken off, a number of old fan favorites return, as well as unreleased footage for an actress no longer with us.

"Returning cast members include Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, and Billie Lourd," the release reads. "Joining the cast of Episode IX are Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant, who will be joined by veteran Star Wars actors Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, and Billy Dee Williams, who will reprise his role as Lando Calrissian."

Moreover, Carrie Fisher will stay as Leia using previously unused footage before she passed away in 2016.

EA Not Against Battlefield V Crossplay, Suggests Cloud-Based Future Makes It A Given

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EA Not Against Battlefield V Crossplay, Suggests Cloud-Based Future Makes It A Given

In their Q1 earnings call today, Electronic Arts talked a little bit about their future plans and fielded questions from investors. One question specifically needled vice president of investor relations Chris Evdenden about Fortnite, specifically whether EA has been looking at Fortnite's success with crossplatform play for games like Battlefield V, which has its own Battle Royale mode.

It's an interesting question to ask EA, who has stayed fairly quiet on the subject of crossplay and Sony choosing to block it on an account level to ensure there is no carryover. Evenden, however, started off by saying that the inevitable march toward cloud-based gaming means committing to a platform will be a thing of the past. Electronic Arts became an evangelist of this platform-agnostic cloud philosophy at E3 earlier this year when they expanded to the idea of streaming games to your phone.

EA Not Against Battlefield V Crossplay, Suggests Cloud-Based Future Makes It A Given

about X hours ago from
EA Not Against Battlefield V Crossplay, Suggests Cloud-Based Future Makes It A Given

In their Q1 earnings call today, Electronic Arts talked a little bit about their future plans and fielded questions from investors. One question specifically needled vice president of investor relations Chris Evdenden about Fortnite, specifically whether EA has been looking at Fortnite's success with crossplatform play for games like Battlefield V, which has its own Battle Royale mode.

It's an interesting question to ask EA, who has stayed fairly quiet on the subject of crossplay and Sony choosing to block it on an account level to ensure there is no carryover. Evenden, however, started off by saying that the inevitable march toward cloud-based gaming means committing to a platform will be a thing of the past. Electronic Arts became an evangelist of this platform-agnostic cloud philosophy at E3 earlier this year when they expanded to the idea of streaming games to your phone.

Fighting EX Layer Gets Arcade Mode In Update

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Fighting EX Layer Gets Arcade Mode In Update

When Fighting EX Layer released at the end of June, players were surprised by the complex fighting systems and also the lack of offline content. Arika is hoping to remedy that a bit with this week's introduction of the arcade mode.

It's a very no-frills mode – players face off against eight random opponents, then fighting Hokuto, the game's final boss. No endings or interstitial cutscenes at all, suggesting the arcade mode was added as a response to criticism from the game's initial release. 

The arcade mode is also kind of a letdown when considering the pedigree behind it. Arika's Fighting Layer had an arcade mode that involved boss fights/minigames against sharks underwater, which is not something reproduced in this new game. Still, for people eager to play the game offline in a traditional structure, it's here now.

Fighting EX Layer Gets Arcade Mode In Update

about X hours ago from
Fighting EX Layer Gets Arcade Mode In Update

When Fighting EX Layer released at the end of June, players were surprised by the complex fighting systems and also the lack of offline content. Arika is hoping to remedy that a bit with this week's introduction of the arcade mode.

It's a very no-frills mode – players face off against eight random opponents, then fighting Hokuto, the game's final boss. No endings or interstitial cutscenes at all, suggesting the arcade mode was added as a response to criticism from the game's initial release. 

The arcade mode is also kind of a letdown when considering the pedigree behind it. Arika's Fighting Layer had an arcade mode that involved boss fights/minigames against sharks underwater, which is not something reproduced in this new game. Still, for people eager to play the game offline in a traditional structure, it's here now.

Minit Coming To Switch On August 9

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Minit Coming To Switch On August 9

When Minit came out in April, a lot of players remarked that the game's 60-second cycle and gameplay would be a good fit for Nintendo's portable console. It wasn't long until Nintendo themselves confirmed that Minit would arrive on the Switch, but it has been fairly quiet since then. It actually turns out the game will be out in a matter of days on August 9.

The game tasks you with going through a Zelda-like adventure in 60-second bursts before returning home and starting the day anew. You can keep money, items, and different places to wake up to help you make small but gradual progress in your quest.

We quite liked the game when it released earlier this year on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Now Switch owners can take it for a spin in slightly less than two weeks.

Minit Coming To Switch On August 9

about X hours ago from
Minit Coming To Switch On August 9

When Minit came out in April, a lot of players remarked that the game's 60-second cycle and gameplay would be a good fit for Nintendo's portable console. It wasn't long until Nintendo themselves confirmed that Minit would arrive on the Switch, but it has been fairly quiet since then. It actually turns out the game will be out in a matter of days on August 9.

The game tasks you with going through a Zelda-like adventure in 60-second bursts before returning home and starting the day anew. You can keep money, items, and different places to wake up to help you make small but gradual progress in your quest.

We quite liked the game when it released earlier this year on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Now Switch owners can take it for a spin in slightly less than two weeks.