#168: EA preparing eight new games for 2021

TODAY: Square Enix finally reveals Cloud in his Honey Bee Inn drag — Fable Fortune’s luck has run out — Bag yourself some cheap games just in time for the weekend

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Eight new EA productions next year

EA has just released their earnings report for the third quarter of fiscal year 2020, which reveals that they are preparing to launch 8 new internally developed games in the fiscal year of 2021, which starts October 1st.

Four of them will be the typical annual sports titles like FIFA and Madden, and a few will be mobile soft launches. It’s unclear if new NBA or NHL games will be launched in the next fiscal year, and we are still waiting for Respawn Entertainment’s upcoming Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond for VR. The next Battlefield will apparently not be ready until the fiscal year of 2022.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order sold 8 million

Net revenue is up year-on-year and sits at $1.59 billion, thanks in large part to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, The Sims 4 and FIFA Ultimate Team. Net income was $346 million, which is an increase of 32 percent over the third quarter of 2019. EA also described player ‘engagement and spending’ for Star Wars Battlefront 2 as “exceptional.”

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

What was The Behemoth’s first game?

  • Castle Crashers
  • Pit People
  • BattleBlock Theater
  • Alien Hominid

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today’s issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

News Bits

The Outer Worlds appearing on Switch

Goofy sci-fi RPG romp The Outer Worlds from Obsidian Entertainment will touch down on Switch in early March. The award-winning RPG takes place in the screwed-up Halcyon system and aims to delight with its hearty mix of jokes, action and life-or-death choices that determine the fate of entire colonies. No pressure!

The Behemoth teases new game

The Behemoth – who brought us Castle Crashers, BattleBlock Theater and Pit People – have just announced their next game with a very short teaser trailer. Looks like the adorable yellow bastards from their first game, Alien Hominid, are back – with friends. Alien Hominid Invasion will be playable at PAX East in late February and EGX Rezzed in late March.

Daily Fact

James Bond 007: The Stealth Affair wasn’t licensed to kill in Europe

Licensing agreements can be weird and complicated things, and such was the case for Delphine Software and Interplay’s 1990 adventure game James Bond 007: The Stealth Affair.

It was only a James Bond game in North America, since they didn’t have a license to kill in Europe, where the Martini-swilling brit was replaced with CIA agent John Glames

The Amiga version of the game featured an early attempt at synthesized voice acting if you had more than 1MB of RAM but had an unfortunate tendency to crash if you tried to skip dialogue.

Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss today’s fact.

Daily News

For Honor Season 4 on November 7th

The next season of Ubisoft’s For Honor swill start pretty late this year on November 7th. The fourth season is called Sun Da and will introduce new heroes: Zhanhu – the titular Sun Da – and Fu Huo.

Both fight under the Wu Lin banner, and Sun Da is described as a “dark force who travels west carrying terror and dread”, while the Fu Huo fights in service to Empress Dou and to further the greater glory of the Wu Lin.

Crumbling fortifications need defending in Qing Pass

The season’s story is about the aftermath of a catastrophic sandstorm in the Wu Lin territories. Warriors have had to flee west and take refuge in Heathmoor, while others have stayed behind to rebuild their armies. The new season will also introduce a new map called Qiang Pass, which as the name suggests is nestled between two mountains.

“In addition to adding a new hero and a new map, the new Season will also further balance heroes and certain hero feats,” announced Ubisoft, who also released a new cinematic trailer showing off the third-person historical warfare game.

Square Enix release Final Fantasy VII Remake theme song trailer

Square Enix has released almost four minutes worth of cinematics and gameplay from the Final Fantasy VII Remake to accompany the game’s theme song “Hollow”.

You can catch a glimpse of Cloud getting dressed up for the infamous Honey Bee Inn sequence, as well as heroes and villains exchanging glares, harsh words and brandishing their ludicrously big weapons.

Final Fantasy VII Remake will release in episodic installments

Final Fantasy VII Remake will be a timed PlayStation 4 exclusive, but is expected to launch on other platforms sometime in 2021. The remake is developed using Unreal Engine 4, and will be fully voiced.

“In this trailer, you will dive further into the adventures of Cloud, Tifa, Aerith and Barret in the City of Midgar,” according to Square Enix. The first episode of the Final Fantasy VII Remake hits the PlayStation 4 on April 10th, 2020, with more episodes launching later.

Weekly Deals Roundup

What are ya buyin’?

It is weekend once again, and we bring a pile of amazing deals just in time for pay day! There is something for everyone this week, but the stand-out deal in Europe is Devil May Cry 5 on PC for the ridiculously low price of £11.14.

Devil May Cry 5 features three main characters: the devil hunter Nero, now sporting a mechanical arm, the mysterious summoner V whose minions fight in his place and – of course – Dante himself. You have never seen an action game this stylish before.

UK & Europe

Devil May Cry 5 (PC) £11.14 @ Gamers Gate

Overcooked: Special Edition (Nintendo Switch) £6.11 @ Nintendo eShop

Kingdom Hearts The Story So Far (PS4) £14.99 @ 365Games

Injustice 2 Legendary Edition (Xbox One/PS4) £11.85 @ Base

1 Year of EA Access (Madden 20 added to Vault) (Xbox One/PS4) £19.99 @ EA

Our stand-out deal for North America is The Sims 4. Not only is the base game significantly cheaper than usual, almost every DLC pack released for the game is on sale from anywhere between 25% to 50% off. Sims fans can use this opportunity to stock up on some of the content packs they haven’t yet picked up.

US

Sims 4 (PC) $9.99 @ Games Planet

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: Platinum Edition (PC) $27.98 @ DLGamer

Kerbal Space Program Enhanced Edition (PS4) $9.99 @ PlayStation Store US

Doom Slayers Collection (Xbox One/PS4) $19.99 @ Amazon US

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year Edition (PC) $4.05 @ Green Man Gaming

It’s also time for new bundles from Sony and Microsoft, and Sony definitely has the more impressive bundle this month including the BioShock Collection, which contains two of the best games to release last generation – oh, and The Sims 4 is pretty great too!

Rest of the World

BioShock Collection, Sims 4 and Firewall Zero Hour (PS4) Free* for PS Plus members throughout February@ PlayStation Plus

TT Isle of Man, Call of Cthulhu, Fable Heroes and Star Wars Battlefront (PC) Free* for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members @ Microsoft Store

Farming Simulator 19 (PC) Free @ Epic Games Store

Super Panda Adventures (PC) Free @ Indie Gala

Eat, sleep and be merry this weekend, gamers! Be sure to play as many games as possible, but do remember to play responsibly!

Message from Today's Sponsor

Iconoclasts Xbox Launch Contest – Win the New Xbox Series X!

The 23rd January, 2020 marked the Two Year Anniversary of Iconoclasts! Since launching, Iconoclasts has garnered much praise, including an 85%+ score on Metacritic, and we now look forward to introducing the game to new players on the Xbox One.

To celebrate the release of Iconoclasts on Xbox One we are giving away the new Xbox Series X plus three launch titles to one lucky gamer. To enter all you have to do is to complete at least one of the actions on Gleam. The more entry points you earn the higher your chance of winning.

News Bits

Assimilation trailer features a very unhappy and vengeful Revenant

Respawn Entertainment has just launched a trailer called Assimilation for the fourth season of their battle royale Apex Legends The trailer follows elite assassin Revenant during one of his messier high-profile assignments. He’s out for vengeance when he realises what Hammond Robotics has turned him into. Apex Legends season 4 begins on February 4th.

Fable Fortune has run out of luck

Collectible card game Fable Fortune from Flaming Fowl Studios will be royally plucked come March. The game will be closing according to the official website after “over two years, spanning 30 seasons with 6 Heroes”. All card pack purchases are now disabled, and outstanding packs can still be opened until the game shuts down for good on March 4th.

Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

What was The Behemoth’sfirst game?

Answer: Alien Hominid!

The Behemoth’s first game is also their most iconic. Originally a flash game from 2002 by Tom Fulp and Dan Paladin, Alien Hominid got expanded into a fully-fledged console release in 2004. Alien Hominid was a run-and-gun game reminiscent of Metal Slug in difficulty if not style, and put you in the shoes of a little alien being chased by men in black after crash-landing on earth.

Alien Hominid was an old-school throwback that reveled in cartoonish violence, juvenile humour and unapologetically low-fi art – traditions proudly carried on by Castle Crashers and BattleBlock Theater. If you like bone-hard games and know how to chuckle at toilet humour, you will like games from The Behemoth.

Weekly Giveaway

Sleep Attack on Nintendo Switch

This week’s giveaway is Sleep Attack for Nintendo Switch, a Tower Defense strategy game from Bad Seed available now on the Nintendo eShop.

“Enjoy an amazing new TWIST in Tower Defense! You control the layout of the battlefield, and you decide the paths your enemies follow. Combine tactical planning with strategic tower upgrades to slow, divert and damage your enemies. Carefully choose the placement and upgrade levels of your towers, as each turret possesses unique strengths and weaknesses.”

Enter the giveaway by following us on Twitter or Facebook, or by retweeting our tweet about the giveaway. We will give away a total of five codes for Sleep Attack this week. Only subscribers to the DailyBits newsletter qualify for participation!

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