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EA Teases New Battlefield, Alongside Anthem’s 2019 Release Window

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EA has hinted at a 2018 release for the next Battlefield game, alongside slating the upcoming open-world action-RPG Anthem for release early next year.

The initial plan was to release Anthem during the final quarter of 2018, however, in a recent investor call,  EA announced the decision to push the release back to “early 2019.” The decision was made to build media attention around the new IP across the course of this year, while opting to release a new, officially unrevealed Battlefield game in Anthem’s original slot.

Anthem was initially revealed via a teaser trailer during E3 2017, and the project has since built up substantial hype within the gaming community.The game, which has frequently been compared to Bungie’s Destiny, is set in a futuristic and desolate environment. Early gameplay footage showcased treacherous weather and a unique flight mechanic using exo-suits to make traversing the open landscape simple, yet exciting. The footage released so far has also shown randomised weapon drops from enemies and teased the ability to customise and upgrade various exo-suits, each with their own devastating set of abilities.

Unfortunately, official word on where or when the new Battlefield will be set is not forthcoming at present, though gamers can likely expect to see details of the latest instalment in the near future.

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Ubisoft Discusses How Uplay Plus Will Improve Communication With Players

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Ubisoft believes that its new subscription service Uplay Plus will help the publisher improve communication with players.

Alain Corre, the executive director of EMEA at Ubisoft, spoke to GamesIndustry.biz where he outlined the vision and strategy for the company’s new subscription service. He explained that Uplay Plus will help boost communication with players, and the feedback it receives will help improve Ubisoft’s games.

“The reason behind our subscription service… it gives more possibilities for our fans to play our games and we can talk to them. We can keep them in our worlds, we can discuss with them and—thanks to what they say and the way they behave—we can feed that back into our games development. When we are in control of that within our ecosystem, we feel it’s beneficial for our fans. That’s ultimately what we want to do; we want to have more contact with them, more interaction, listening more to what they want and improve based on what they say.”

Corre highlighted that Ubisoft will not solely focus its efforts on Uplay Plus; players will still be able to pick up any of the publishers games either physically or as digital downloads. He explained that the company’s strategy moving into a subscription service is to adapt with modern consumer tends of gamers.

“We are still keeping the traditional model whether they buy our games in a store or download them. It’s really a case of offering the possibilities. Consumers are evolving really fast, and we want to adapt to what they want and propose new things to them, as well as keep the other means of distribution.”

Furthermore Ubisoft revealed that Uplay Plus and all past and future games will be available on the Google Stadia. Ubisoft was an early vocal supporter of Google’s new console, especially as the upcoming console focuses solely on streaming games.

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