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Apex Legends is gaining a 3vs3 CSGO-style game mode as a permanent addition
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Apex Legends is about to introduce a new game mode that will live alongside its hugely popular battle royale experience. Arriving with the upcoming Legacy season, the new Arenas mode will consist of three versus three highly competitive rounds, a far cry from the regular 60-player mode.
The mode is similar to what competitive shooter fans may have seen in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive or Valorant. Before every round, Arena players must use the materials they earned in the previous round to purchase and upgrade their weapons, healing supplies, and abilities. Revives are out, but picking up downed teammates is still in.
Furthermore, an Arena match is won when one team wins at least three rounds and gets ahead of the opponent by at least two wins. Essentially, going 3-0 or 3-1 means a win. However, matches that go back and forth (4-4) will have a final matchup at the ninth round, where it becomes a sudden death experience to grab the win.
Head over here to get a full rundown on the fresh game mode, which will land with the Legacy season on May 4. Legacy also brings along Valkyrie as a jetpack-wielding Legend, a Bow weapon, a new battle pass, and balance changes.
Respawn obviously has a huge amount of experience with non-battle royale modes, with its Titanfall series being a favorite among shooter fans. We will have to wait and see how the community landscape changes as the new permanent mode reaches Apex Legends, which recently crossed the 100 million players mark. There is also a mobile version in development.
FPS Boost arrives in 13 EA games, up to 120FPS supported on Xbox Series X|S
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
FPS Boost support is expanding to include quite a few older Electronic Arts-published games, offering Xbox Series X|S owners access to hugely improved frame rates that weren't possible in last-gen consoles.
Today's additions bring hits like the three most recent Battlefield entries, Star Wars Battlefront games, and the Titanfall franchise over to the "up to 120FPS" camp over from their original up to 60FPS states in last gen. The sole game that only sees a bump up to 60FPS is the EA Originals title Sea of Solitude. See the complete list of newly FPS Boosted games below:
Battlefield 1 Battlefield 4 Battlefield V Mirror’s Edge Catalyst Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 STAR WARS Battlefront STAR WARS Battlefront II Titanfall Titanfall 2 Unravel 2 Sea of Solitude Note that FPS Boost will not be enabled by default on some of these experiences, and needs to be turned on in the Compatibility Options manually.
All 13 EA games introduced today to FPS Boost are also included in the EA Play subscription, which means Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members with an Xbox Series X or S can jump in and try out the updates right now.
With the latest arrivals, FPS Boost is now available on 23 games, including the original batch of five titles added in February and the five Bethesda games from March.
DICE to reveal the next Battlefield soon, mobile game also in development
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Many of the most popular shooter franchises nowadays have a mobile version for on-the-go players ranging from Fortnite to Call of Duty, and even Apex Legends will be joining in on the action soon. Now, EA and DICE have announced that the Battlefield franchise is entering the mobile space for the first time.
This yet-to-be-named mobile entry is being developed by Industrial Toys with support from DICE. It will be "a fully-fledged, skill-based experience" according to the announcement. The game is still in its testing phases, and an official launch is planned for sometime in 2022 across mobile and tablet devices. Going by other popular games in this space, it is likely to be a free-to-play venture as well.
Moreover, DICE called the mobile title a completely standalone experience, so don't expect any cross-play capabilities with the next-generation mainline Battlefield game.
Meanwhile, DICE, DICE LA, Criterion Games, and Electronic Arts Gothenberg studios are working on this upcoming next-gen entry, dubbed Battlefield 6 by fans, making it the largest development team ever to work on a Battlefield game. DICE general manager Oskar Gabrielson added this regarding the ambitious project:
Going by his words, it sounds like Battlefield 6 will skip out on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 just as some rumors have said. A full reveal of the game will arrive "soon" according to the studio.
Respawn to begin Apex Legends Mobile beta tests soon
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Apex Legends Mobile So far, the only way to enjoy Respawn Entertainment's battle royale Apex Legends on the go has been to play it on a Nintendo Switch. However, that will change in the near future, as the company is getting close to pushing out the previously teased mobile edition, with a beta starting soon.
Aptly dubbed Apex Legends Mobile, the game will be a standalone affair compared to the PC and console versions that have been available so far. This means cross-play is not a possibility, and it's unclear what sort of changes are being made to the scale of the maps and the 60-player rounds. The released screenshots show a very familiar graphics style nonetheless.
"This is a huge moment for our team," said Apex Legends game director Chad Grenier. "Two years ago we changed the landscape of the battle royale genre, and now we’re aiming to do it again on mobile."
Apex Legends Mobile The mobile version is designed from the ground up for touchscreens according to the developer, featuring "streamlined controls and thoughtful optimizations that result in the most advanced battle royale combat available on a phone." This version will be free-to-play just like its cousins on other platforms, and will not feature any gameplay altering microtransactions.
Starting this spring, the initial beta will roll out across India and the Philippines inviting only a "few thousand players" with Android devices. But as the year progresses, Respawn plans to gradually expand this across the world, and add iOS support. Pre-registrations will begin being available in the relevant regions before the beta rolls out.
As for the standard version, Respawn Entertainment today unveiled the next Legend, Valkrie, that will be reaching the 100 million players strong game as part of Season 9. The free update will land on May 4, also carrying a bow as a new weapon, an Olympus map overhaul, a new battle pass, and balance changes.
By Rich Woods
EA Play is finally coming to Xbox Game Pass subscribers on PC tomorrow
by Rich Woods
Today, Microsoft announced that beginning tomorrow, EA Play is going to be available for Xbox Game Pass subscribers on PC. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers have had access on console since November, and while the PC side of it was supposed to arrive in December, it was delayed. Xbox Game Pass for PC subscribers will get access as well, and it all kicks off tomorrow at 2pm PT.
Microsoft says that EA Play is going to provide access to over 60 games, such as Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, FIFA 20, Titanfall 2, and Need for Speed Heat, along with games from the Battlefield, Madden NFL, Command & Conquer, and The Sims franchises. You'll also get rewards, access to trials of games, in-game challenges, and more.
In order to get started, you'll need to download the EA Desktop app, which is currently in beta, and you can get it here. After that, you'll need to sign in with an EA account, or you can create one. Then, you'll need to link it to the Microsoft account that's subscribed to Xbox Game Pass for PC or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. It should walk you through the setup process.