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UPDATE: the new content is live and will automagically download next time you launch; it’s 2.7 GB.

For the six of you in South Africa who are playing Titanfall, Respawn has announced that an upcoming content update will bring a Horde more called Frontier Defense.

Frontier Defense will put four players together to battle increasingly difficult waves of AI-controlled enemies. Respawn has said that we can expect new enemy types alongside some variations of Titans and Spectres. In the demo that was streamed by Respawn over Twitch, Militia forces had to protect a harvester from IMC attack. Players were able to deploy fixed turrets and swap their weapon loadouts at Loadout Crates found near the specific defence objective. If you’re killed, you get flown back into the fray, but you can also fire down on the battle from the safety of the drop ship.

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Good news, Sims fans: EA has just announced a set of free content updates coming over the next three months. Starting from today, the October update brings ghosts back to The Sims 4. When your beloved digital people peg, they can now come back as ghosts to haunt homes or simply move back in and carry on as if nothing’s happened. It’ll probably get totally awkward for those remaining Sims with mortal coils still firmly unshuffled. Your spooky Sims keep all their traits and remain controllable, but because they’re, well, dead, they get new abilities for you to muck around with. There’s also apparently a way to bring them back from the dead – so, you know, yay mad science experiments!

In addition to ghosts, the October update brings new eye colours and, we guess because it’s Halloween month or something, a set of Star Wars outfits for your Sims. So now you can dress your Sims up as Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Princess Leia and Yoda.

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BioWare’s third instalment in their fantasy RPG series is out on 21 November for us here in South Africa. As such, expect the Hype Train to be pulling out of Grand Hype Central Station as the next few weeks continue.

To kick things off on our rapid journey to release date, BioWare has released a three-minute video segment showing off the rather impressive character creation tool. For many, designing the perfect RPG character is one of the biggest enjoyments to be found in sprawling fantasy epics. BioWare seems to have you covered in that regard.

Don’t forget, there are four playable races to choose from: human, dwarf, elf and qunari. You’ll get to see examples of all of them in the video. The character creation tool looks to be one of the more thorough we’ve seen in years. Check it out after the jump.

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Those of you who have already begun playing FIFA 15 may have been disappointed (or pleased) by the fact that Luis Suarez’ real-life ban from football has been included in the game. This means that not only is the player unavailable in single-player modes, but he is also completely unavailable in the game’s flagship Ultimate Team mode.

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Were YOU planning on downloading a pirated copy of The Sims 4? If you were then a) you are a terrible human being and b) you’re going to have a bad time. Developers and publishers have become increasingly creative when it comes to combatting piracy, and The Sims 4 has now added to that ever-growing collection of neat ideas.

In The Sims franchise, the moment your digital people get naked, they get a little pixelated blob over them. The moment they’re once again decent, that pixel overlay disappears – unless you’re a filthy pirate. Anyone who has downloaded a torrented version of the game will find a sneaky little addition that’s exclusive to that version: those pixels that appear over naked Sims will never disappear. In fact, they’ll continue to expand until the entire screen is pixelated and blurred out.

Naturally, pirates the world over went to the game’s forums to look for answers for this “bug”. EA then said that they have no intention to help anyone who has pirated the game, and they suggest buying a proper copy instead. Take THAT, you scurvy, barnacle felching scumbags.

Via: Joystiq


BioWare has announced plans to ship Dragon Age: Inquisition with a separate, four-player cooperative multiplayer mode. They’re likening this mode to the surprisingly successful multiplayer component that shipped with Mass Effect 3.

Hang on! Before you get all uppity that your endings for Inquisition will be influenced by your performance in multiplayer, know that the single player campaign is entirely separate from the multiplayer portion. The two will be linked in lore only: in the single player story, you’ll have access to specialists who send agents off on missions as part of your inquisition goals. In multiplayer you’ll play as those agents, with the specialists providing details on what your multiplayer mission objective might be.

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We can’t really fault Electronic Arts from trying to do something different. The company’s latest invention, EA Access, gives subscribers early access to games before they become available on launch day and it allows you to trial new games and see if you want to own them or not. After all, once the trial period is up the game will either stay on your hard drive for you to purchase later and pick up where you left off or it’ll delete itself when you don’t take up the offer to buy it outright.

EA announced on Twitter finally what the trial period length could be, starting with a grand total of six hours for Madden NFL 15. Hit the jump for more info.

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You knew most of what was coming and Electronic Arts didn’t let anyone down, showing off their big games for 2014 but surprisingly not detailing much of their future, either. There was little talk of their collaboration with Microsoft on the Xbox One with EA Access and only notary mentions were made of their FIFA 15 Legends deal. Instead, EA did something that I didn’t expect, ever – showed off almost all of their games for 2014 on the PC. I can hear the members of the Master Race already chuckling to themselves. Let’s dive into the summary.

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This morning, news hit of Electronic Arts’ new plan to offer a subscription service called EA Access. It’s pretty much like Sony’s PlayStation Plus offering, with a continually rotating collection of EA games for subscribers to play each month. If you need to catch up, then head over to Wesley’s article on the new service.

When EA Access was announced, it was said to be coming to Xbox One to begin with. Naturally, people began asking whether or not we’d see the service introduced to Sony’s consoles. Sony has since answered that question with a resounding: nope.

Their reasoning is pretty blunt: it doesn’t offer value for money.

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EA Access Xbox One

Imagine you’re Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson and you’re grappling with a couple of franchises that seem to not only be making less money and sales year-on-year, but getting increasingly delayed to improve the quality of the product to make sure that you get your day-one sales and meet the requirements of your investors. The answer to this small problem is a subscription model for your games, just like Netflix.

EA today announced EA Access for the Xbox One, a service that’ll cost you $4.99 per month and will give you access to a range of games published by EA.

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