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  1. “Best-looking Need for Speed game we’ve ever produced” The next Need for Speed game will launch sometime before March 2018, Electronic Arts confirmed to investors. Still untitled, the game is the first new mainline entry in the racing series since 2015’s reboot, which was simply called Need for Speed. CEO Andrew Wilson said that the “ambitious” game will have a competitive online focus, although he didn’t elaborate as to what that will look like or include. Other details, including a name, remain scant. This is a different project than Need for Speed: Edge, which is currently in development at EA’s Korean studio, EA Spearhead. The free-to-play online game draws on Need for Speed Rivals, which launched on consoles in 2013. A release date has not been announced for Edge yet, but Wilson confirmed that it will “follow a similar path as that that we've taken with FIFA Online,” another free-to-play massively multiplayer online game which shut down in 2011. The newly announced Need for Speed game will be the 23rd entry in the long-running racing game series. View the full article
  2. It’s shaping up to be a big year for EA Sports The next NBA Live game will be released in 2017, but not until this fall, Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson announced today. Wilson made an almost offhand mention of the game while discussing the upcoming EA Sports lineup during the investor call for the third quarter of EA’s 2017 fiscal year. Until today, EA’s earnings reports had included an NBA Live console game slated for the fourth fiscal quarter, which runs from January to March. Earlier this month, a listing for a game called The Drive to NBA Live was spotted on the Korean ratings board. It now appears that EA has effectively canceled that title and pushed back the next NBA Live to the fall, where the publisher would be more likely to release a game under the title of NBA Live 18. The series faces tough competition in 2K Sports’ NBA 2K franchise, which is perennially one of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed sports games in the world. “We have been on a journey with NBA Live,” said Wilson, making an oblique reference to the series’ troubled development history, “and want to deliver something that’s truly innovative and disruptive in the marketplace.” Wilson went on to say that when EA higher-ups got their hands on the game that was scheduled to launch in early 2017, they felt that “in all honesty [...] it’s really, really good — really fun.” “we have been on a journey with NBA Live” According to Wilson, EA has decided to “double down on [the game], add to it, and launch it as a full beat later this year.” The company feels that it will have a better chance of succeeding with an NBA Live game that debuts in the traditional fall window, shortly before the NBA season begins. Wilson detailed EA Sports’ plans for its 2018 fiscal year, which runs from April 2017 through March 2018. Madden NFL developer EA Tiburon is converting the series to EA’s Frostbite engine for this year’s game, which will be called Madden NFL 18. The changeover, which EA Vancouver made in the FIFA series last year with FIFA 17, will deliver “major visual enhancements and new gameplay experiences,” said Wilson. He did not specify whether FIFA 18 is the same FIFA game that is in development on the Nintendo Switch. Following FIFA and 2015’s Rory McIlroy PGA Tour, Madden will be the third EA Sports title to adopt Frostbite, which is developed by EA DICE. (Sorry, golf fans: Wilson didn’t mention a new PGA Tour game for 2017.) As for FIFA 18, it will offer a second season of “The Journey,” the popular single-player story mode that debuted in FIFA 17. EA said today that more than 10 million players have tried it to date. In addition to NHL 18, an expected annual title — the hockey series launches in early September — EA will release a new entry in its UFC franchise sometime during the 2018 fiscal year. The previous game, EA Sports UFC 2, launched in March 2016, nearly two full years after 2014’s EA Sports UFC. View the full article
  3. You probably should have done it by now, anyway If, for some reason, you still have and still are playing a character on Grand Theft Auto Online on PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360, you have a little more than one month to transfer that progress to the current console generation. Rockstar Games announced the March 6 deadline along with its latest promotions and special events within GTA Online. Progress transfer — within a console family only — began after Grand Theft Auto 5 launched on the current console generation in 2014. Updates and support for Grand Theft Auto Online on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 ended in 2015. Those playing on the current generation can enjoy some steep discounts on in-game gear and bonus XP events from Feb. 1 to Feb. 13 in a variety of GTA Online game modes. Rockstar Newswire has more details. View the full article
  4. A whole new world A new, original intellectual property from BioWare will launch by the end of this fiscal year, Electronic Arts announced on a conference call for investors. The action title is expected by March 31, 2018, when the company’s 2017 fiscal year ends. EA CEO Andrew Wilson teased details about the game, which is being worked on by members of the Mass Effect franchise. The game will have an online component of some kind, encouraging players to interact in a completely new setting. “It’s an action-adventure, not RPG,” Wilson added during the Q&A portion of the call. That’s a change of pace for BioWare, which is best known for its role-playing game franchises. Studio fans can still expect to see “the great RPG character development and story progression that BioWare is known for,” Wilson continued. That’s about all we know about the BioWare game, however. BioWare vice president Aaryn Flynn included further details in a blog post on the studio’s website following the call. “In 2012, we began crafting a new universe full of new characters, stories, and gameplay,” Flynn wrote. “Our ambition is simple: Draw upon 20+ years of development knowledge and lessons to create something fun and new for you to enjoy with your friends.” More details are coming in the future, Flynn added. BioWare fans can expect a game from the studio much sooner. The next installment in the studio’s hugely popular space opera franchise, Mass Effect: Andromeda, launches March 21. View the full article
  5. Third time’s the charm, maybe Pokémon Sun and Moon’s third global mission is live, encouraging all trainers to head to the Global Trade Station by Feb. 14. The goal this time around is for players to trade a total of one million Pokémon between them, yet another lofty aim in the challenging global mission series. In order to win the grand prize of 2,000 Festival Coins, players need to access the online Game Sync feature and trade as many Pokémon as they can by Feb. 14. Anyone who participates will receive 200 Festival Coins, but if everyone hits the reach goal of two million trades by the event’s end, they’ll also win a Friend Ball. The pressure is on for this go-around. The previous two global missions were pretty much disasters, with a small percentage of players hitting their marks before the events’ end dates. The first event tasked players to catch 100 million Pokémon between them, which they failed to do; the second involved catching one million Pokémon, which also ended in failure. It’s unclear how long The Pokémon Company will keep trying with these global missions, but it may be wise for Pokémon players who are looking for something to do after finishing Sun and Moon’s main campaign to take part in this latest online event. View the full article
  6. “Not to be dramatic but this is literally the worst news I’ve ever gotten ever” One of the most popular — and most kid-friendly — massively multiplayer online game is going offline this spring. Club Penguin, Disney’s long-running, browser-based MMO, will shut down on March 29 as the company transitions to a mobile-only experience based on the property, according to a post on the game’s website. Club Penguin Island will replace the current desktop and app-based versions of Club Penguin. The team behind the franchise referred to it as “an entirely new Club Penguin experience for mobile” on its website, although how it differs from the original game is still unknown. Premium members will be able to keep logging into the browser-based Club Penguin until March 29, according to the site’s shutdown notice. They’ll no longer be charged for the service, however, and no new memberships can be purchased starting today. First launched in October 2005, Club Penguin is a community of penguin avatars who roam an antarctic world. The social platform, which is akin to other flash-based kids games like Habbo Hotel and Neopets, encourages players to hang out at various parties and play minigames together as well. One last party kicks off Feb. 1, the team teased in its announcement. More notable than its child-appropriate ragers, though, is Club Penguin’s chat function. Players have used it to sometimes stunning effect over the years, like one recent, viral happening. In November, users staged an in-game protest against then-President Elect Donald Trump. As simple as the game may have seemed to older MMO fans who cut their teeth on World of Warcraft or Runescape, Club Penguin holds an important place in the heart of many twentysomethings. Although its traffic has decreased over the years, at its height, 8.5 million players logged in, and the game boasted more than 200 million user accounts. View the full article
  7. Here’s a peek at the captain’s chair, costumes and more CBS’ new Star Trek television series, Star Trek Discovery, has had its share of problems getting to the small screen. It’s been delayed twice and saw its showrunner depart, but there are positive signs of progress; Star Trek Discovery is now in production, according to a new teaser released by CBS today. Today’s sneak peek offers a few enticing details, notably a glimpse at Discovery’s Starfleet uniforms, another look at the USS Discovery and what appear to be alien — possibly Klingon — costumes. There’s also a closing shot of the new captain’s chair, though it’s not clear who will actually occupy that set yet. You’ll also get a look at the revised Star Trek: Discovery logo, which looks a bit cleaner than what we saw last year. Star Trek: Discovery will star Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead) as the lieutenant commander of the Discovery. Martin-Green will be joined by Michelle Yeoh, who plays Georgiou, the captain of the USS Shenzhou; Doug Jones as science officer Saru; Anthony Rapp as science officer Stamets; and James Frain as Vulcan astrophysicist Sarek. Star Trek: Discovery is coming to streaming service CBS All Access, though the show does not have a premiere date. View the full article
  8. The turn-based classic has been dirt cheap for a while, but nothing beats free The original turn-based classic X-COM: UFO Defense (aka X-COM: Enemy Unknown) is available for free right now on the Humble Store. It’s giving away a Steam key for the Windows version of the game, which will run on modern systems. The offer expires tomorrow at noon ET. The title is part of a promotion on Humble driving eyeballs to their Humble Monthly package, described as a “curated bundle of games sent to your inbox” every month. Subscribers will get a free copy of XCOM 2, the 2016 sequel to the reboot by Firaxis games, right off the bat. XCOM 2 has been back in the news because of the release of the long-awaited The Long War 2 mod. First announced over a year ago, the mod is a complete reimagining of the base game, and includes new weapons and classes, a revamped skill tree and a totally new worker-placement mechanic for managing the human resistance. View the full article
  9. Seriously, don’t expect to play these any time soon Final Fantasy 7 launched in Japan exactly 20 years ago today, and Square Enix commemorated the milestone with a new screenshot from the game’s upcoming PlayStation 4 remake. Unfortunately for fans eagerly awaiting both that game and the similarly anticipated Kingdom Hearts 3, the company had nothing else to offer on how development’s going. Square Enix New key art from Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Square Enix debuted the image above, referred to as the “key visual” from Final Fantasy 7 Remake, during the opening ceremony for Final Fantasy’s 30th anniversary celebrations. The event saw a handful of other series announcements, but the developer had little else to show or say about the remake project. Director Tetsuya Nomura said earlier this year that production on the game would take a bit longer than expected. It’s hard to say just when we can expect the remake to hit PlayStation 4, as the company hasn’t said given fans much of a timeline. Still, this is the first time we’ve seen the game in any capacity since December 2015, when a new teaser was shown at PlayStation Experience. Cloud and primary antagonist Sephiroth have come a long way from the blocky PlayStation 1 days, with their high-def looks reminiscent of how they appeared in the film Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children. It’s only fitting that Square Enix’s other big project with no release date got some attention today as well. The Kingdom Hearts series’ Twitter account updated with a new screenshot from Kingdom Hearts 3, although it’s even less revealing than the Final Fantasy 7 Remake art. Cloud has appeared in previous Kingdom Hearts games, but this new piece of art doesn’t mean that Final Fantasy 7 will figure prominently into the next Kingdom Hearts game. That being said, we know very little about Kingdom Hearts 3, but considering that franchise also has a big birthday coming up, here’s hoping Square Enix gives us more details later this year. In the meantime, start reading our extensive oral history of Final Fantasy 7, an in-depth project that took Polygon several years to construct. View the full article
  10. Will have the same geographic footprint as the classic RPG The Elder Scrolls Online is getting a massive new update. Called The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind, developer ZeniMax Online Studios says it features more than 30 hours of gameplay and the addition of the largest geographic zone since its launch in 2014. Thanks to a sweeping gameplay revision issued earlier this year, new players can start the game and move directly into the Morrowind expansion, which takes place largely on the island of Vvardenfell, without having to complete any legacy content. The update launches simultaneously for Windows PC and Mac, as well as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, on June 6. The Morrowind expansion update will cost $39.99. The Standard Edition, which includes the base game as well as the update, will cost $59.99. In it, players will help to heal the god Vivec, assist him in regaining his strength and save the world of Tamriel from destruction. “Vvardenfell... utilizes the same geographic footprint as The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind,” Zenimax wrote in a press release issued today, “including all key points of interest from the classic game. Players will embark on a dangerous journey... 700 years before the events of The Elder Scrolls 3, from the docks of Seyda Neen, to the volcanic Ashlands, to dense, mushroom-filled forests, and through the glory of Vivec City, still under construction in this time period.” No word yet on what lucky voice actors being tapped to play the role of the Ordinators. Earlier this month, industrious dataminers found what appeared to be an expanded map of Vvardenfell inside ESO. You can see a snapshot of what they found in our article. ZeniMax says that the expansion will introduce a new player class, called The Warden, which goes into combat supported by a giant War Bear. It’s the first new class to be added to the game since its launch. Morrowind will also include a new player-versus-player mode called Battlegrounds, featuring three-way battles between teams of four in “arena-like” environments. ZeniMax Online Studios Stills from the trailer for The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind. The One Tamriel update, which launched late last year, has completely changed how ESO works. It removes all level restrictions from the game, and allows players to tour the game world at their leisure. It also removes the alliance restrictions that frustrated so many, preventing them from playing together with their friends. It is now plays, more than ever the developers say, like a traditional single-player Elder Scrolls title. In addition to the standalone expansion and the Standard Edition that includes the base game, ZeniMax is offering several premium editions. The Digital Collector’s Edition runs for $79.99 ($59.99 for the Collector’s Upgrade) and includes a unique War Bear as well as exclusive Dwemer horse armor and a Dwemer-themed pet. The physical Collector’s Edition includes a Dwemer Colossus Statue, a full-color companion book and a map of Morrowind among other items. There are also perks for pre-ordering, including a temporary 50 percent boost to experience gained. View the full article
  11. Dark Horse’s latest enormous and gorgeous art book The massive tome of The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts won’t hit shelves until Feb 21, but thanks to Dark Horse, you can check out six exclusive preview pages of the book’s extensive collection of art from every corner of Zelda’s more than 30-year history. In addition to interviews with design teams, official pixel art and reproductions of rare promotional art that accompanied the games, The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts also contains a sneak peek at behind-the-scenes art from the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Dark Horse sent Polygon a preview copy of the book, and it’s a truly beautiful thing. But maybe you can get a sense of that from the following pages: Nintendo, Dark Horse Comics Character illustrations from The Legend of Zelda Nintendo, Dark Horse Comics Character illustrations from The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Nintendo, Dark Horse Comics Character illustrations from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Nintendo, Dark Horse Comics Character illustrations from The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts goes on sale on Feb 21, 2017, the 31st anniversary of the release of The Legend of Zelda in 1986. You can preorder it now. View the full article
  12. Games “reduce these cultures to stereotypical costumes” The newest episode of Feminist Frequency’s Tropes vs Women in Video Games, above, delves into the “tragic impact” of perpetuating stereotypes of black and other minority women. That’s something host and critic Anita Sarkeesian explains that the media, especially games, are often guilty of doing. It’s not just that games — like Far Cry 3, Diablo 3 and Resident Evil 5 — often present women of color in negative, objectifying ways, she says. They specifically treat them as exotic, sexualized beings. “This linking of sexism and racism is an example of what’s called exotification,” Sarkeesian says. “Exotification occurs when a group is treated as inherently different, alluring, and strange.” That’s on display in Far Cry 3, one of the first examples the host gives for this troubling trend. Dark-skinned Citra is considered a “warrior goddess” by her people, and that defines her interactions with the game’s hero, Jason Brody. Citra, with her scant clothing and spiritual, magical powers, is steeped in imagery typical of “an exotic, primitive, mystical, savage, sexualized woman of color.” That’s a familiar stereotype that Sarkeesian identifies as all too common in the games industry. Its origins predate video games, reaching all the way back to the Victorian Era and the racist view that black women were promiscuous beings. While we’ve come a long way from this perception in many ways, American society still shows vestiges of this disturbing and dehumanizing past when it comes to how women of color are seen. “Respectful treatment of cultural history and traditions should be the norm, but instead games more often just plunder marginalized cultures with no sense of respect and no concern whatsoever about accurately reflecting the people and traditions they’re appropriating from,” Sarkeesian concludes. “To put it simply, it’s not okay for games to reduce these cultures to stereotypical costumes and personality traits in an effort to add a bit of exotic flair to their worlds.” Tropes vs Women’s current sophomore season will be its last. An end date has not been announced, although Feminist Frequency has produced seven episodes in just under a year’s time. The organization also is behind another female-focused web series, Ordinary Women. View the full article
  13. Infinite tries and unlimited lives Super Mario Run now has an easy mode, as of the game’s most recent update. That’s the biggest new feature available in the iOS game, which also received some bug tweaks in its new version. The reduced difficulty setting lets players try out levels without worrying about death or time limits. Nintendo described it as a “pressure-free” experience for owners of the $9.99 mobile game. Also sure to keep the pressure down is a fix for Toad Rally, the polarizing mode that is the closest thing Super Mario Run has to multiplayer. When the player loses a match, they’ll forfeit several of their Toad collectibles. This number has decreased in the game’s new version. Differently colored Toads are used to unlock items in the Mushroom Kingdom Builder feature, so players want to hold onto as many of them as they can. Nintendo’s latest financial report directly preceded the easy mode update, and the company revealed just how many millions of players have downloaded Super Mario Run. Although 78 million have checked out its free trial, only five percent of those went on to pony up for the full game. View the full article
  14. Gladiolus takes the spotlight “Episode Gladiolus,” the first premium downloadable content for Final Fantasy 15, will launch on March 28. Square Enix revealed the release date during a presentation about the franchise, held in Japan this week in celebration of Final Fantasy 7’s 30th anniversary. The DLC will let players take a turn as another member of Prince Noctis’ party, as Square Enix described last fall. Gladiolus, our personal favorite of Noctis’ traveling band of sidekicks, will take center stage in a series of battles. Other characters set to appear include Gilgamesh, a popular recurring character who debuted in Final Fantasy 5. This marks his first showing in Final Fantasy 15, however. Premium Edition owners and season pass holders will get immediate access to “Episode Gladiolus” and all future downloadable episodes. Square Enix has announced that it will also be available as a stand-alone, although the price has not yet been given. Another downloadable content pack will be available to all players on Feb. 21. The “Booster Pack” will come in free and paid, season pass-exclusive versions, giving players some battle items that will help them take down enemies far more quickly. Still on the way for Final Fantasy 15? A fix for its maligned thirteenth chapter, which director Hajime Tabata promised was incoming after the game launched in November. View the full article
  15. Talkin’ ‘bout regennnneration Actor Peter Capaldi announced yesterday that series 10 of Doctor Who will be his final season in the show’s lead role. Capaldi has played the role of the 12th Doctor since 2013 when he made his first appearance in 50th anniversary episode of the long-running BBC sci-fi series, The Day of the Doctor. He announced that he would be leaving the show when his contract ends at the end of 2017 on BBC Radio 2. "I feel it’s time to move on," he told interviewer Jo Whiley, "I feel sad, I love Doctor Who, it is a fantastic program to work on... One of the greatest privileges of being Doctor Who is to see the world at its best.” Steven Moffat, Doctor Who’s showrunner, reassured fans through the BBC’s announcement about Capaldi stepping down: "Peter's amazing, fiery, turbulent Doctor is still fighting the good fight, and his greatest adventures are yet to come.” Moffat, who has been lead writer and executive producer on the show since 2010, will also be leaving the show after series 10, making this a significant shakeup for Doctor Who viewers: a new doctor and a new show runner. Series 10 will, however, introduce a new companion for the titular Doctor who will undoubtedly provide a certain amount of continuity for fans when she carries over to series 11: Bill Potts, played by Pearl Mackie. Television writer Chris Chibnall (Torchwood, Broadchurch) will take take the role of Doctor Who showrunner in series 11. The BBC has made no official announcement of who will succeed Capaldi as the Doctor, an alien time traveler who regularly “regenerates,” allowing for a succession of more than twelve actors to have played the character over more than fifty years. View the full article