EA is finally taking Switch seriously
EA has given Nintendo short thrift for a while, but that’s about to change.
“You can expect seven new games coming to Switch in the next 12 months – including Burnout Paradise coming tomorrow, and Apex Legends later this year,” said Respawn Entertainment’s Senior Social Media Manager Alex Ackerman on EA Play 2020.
According to VentureBeat, the remaining five games are Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, Plants vs. Zombies Battle for Neighborville, FIFA 21, Lost In Random and an unannounced game from Velan Studios
- Five of the seven games coming to Switch are ports of older games
- Velan Studios signed a publishing deal with EA last year
Don’t expect crazy visuals: Looks like EA is playing safe when bringing games to Switch, and prefer to improve games from PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 rather than downgrading ones from PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
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Which Smash Bros fighter is from a game never released in the West?
- Mr. Game and Watch
From arcade games to cinema success
Capcom has been a household name for over 25 years, but their history extends all the way back to the mid-80s. Capcom started out as an arcade game developer, and their name reflects that: It’s a shortened compound of Capsule and Computer, a term the company used to describe arcade games.
Capcom was one of the last companies in the arcade business to transition into 3D, mostly because their home console of choice was the Super Nintendo, and in order to make it easier to bring their arcade games to home consoles they stuck with sprites and 2D graphics. Even long after 3D had become the standard, Capcom would produce sumptuous mixtures of 2D and 3D with excellent pixel art and animation.
They are also one of the few Japanese companies to successfully bring their properties to a global cinema audience. The Street Fighter movie by Steven de Souza starring Jean Claude Van Damme, Raul Julia and Kylie Minogue is a cult classic, and Paul W.S. Anderson’s Resident Evil movies starring Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez were remarkably successful. Can they repeat the success with the upcoming Monster Hunter movie?
Mixer Going Down
Microsoft shuts down Mixer and partners with Facebook Gaming
Mixer was supposed to be Microsoft’s answer to Twitch, but now Microsoft is shutting the service down and partnering with Facebook Gaming instead.
Microsoft will help content creators transition to Facebook, and all Mixer partner contracts will be terminated on July 22nd, allowing exclusive Mixer streamers to return to Twitch.
Mixer was the worst-performing streaming service, trailing behind Twitch, YouTube Gaming and Facebook Gaming. The Facebook partnership should help bolster Facebook Gaming’s numbers, although they have quite a way to go before catching up with YouTube and Twitch.
- Streamers who signed exclusivity deals with Mixer are now free to stream elsewhere
- Moving content and audience from Mixer to Facebook Gaming is supposed to be a simple process
Phil Spencer on the decision: “I think the Mixer community is really going to benefit from the broad audience that Facebook has through their properties, and the abilities to reach gamers in a very seamless way through the social platform Facebook has.”