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EA to introduce persistant player profiles

Friday, 8 April 2011 02:32 GMT By Brenna Hillier

EA’s Peter Moore has outlined the publisher’s plans for persistent online identities.

“Today we’re looking at a seamless experience across all our franchises,” the EA Sports president said, speaking at the MI6 conference in San Francisco, as reported by Joystiq, referring to persistant, cloud-based player profiles.

“Regardless of where you are, what platform you have, what game you’re playing, that you’re constantly connected.”

Moore said this connectivity, which recognises the same player identity across multiple titles, will reward players for playing various EA games.

“Their presence there gets its achievements and carries them from iteration to iteration,”he said.

“It’s no longer ‘buy Madden 11 and then buy Madden 12 and start from scratch,’ it is ‘take everything that you’ve done and migrate it and move it along.’”

EA’s plans go further than taking some of the frustration out of annual iterations.

“This is how we at EA Sports individualize and personalize this as the future of our brand,” Moore said, “And ultimately the future of what Electronic Arts as a whole is going to do across all of its titles.”

EA has already dabbled in this area with its EA Profiles. Registering a new copy of Dead Space 2 unlocks special items in Dragon Age 2, while flagging both games nets rewards in Facebook game Dragon Age: Legends. Dragon Age uses player’s EA profiles to push character data out to the BioWare Social Network. Need for Speed’s Autolog social network is available on mobile devices.

EA head John Riccitiello has said in the past that the publisher wants to push its social networks as a platform.

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6 Comments

  1. onlineatron

    #1 4 years ago
  2. viralshag

    Autolog is a pretty great system. I like the idea of being having one overriding profile that works across all games, just like they mentioned in the EA profiles.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Freek

    On the PC you already have Steam, on Xbox you have your Live profile and on PS3 you have your PSN profile.
    We don’t need another one for EA specificly, it’s just another thing you need to log into in addition to the things you are already logged into.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. OlderGamer

    Not to mention, I smell fees.

    Think about it. They will use this as a way to fight second hand game sales. Plus, wait till acti see this working, then you will have monthly subscriptions to play CoD online.

    Welcome to the next step.

    This is one of the reasons I say the futuer of games won’t be about the hardware, it will be about the game services. Alot like Onlive. One sub fee, and you can play from a large selection of games. Every major publisher is going to be able to sell out the rights to play their catalog of games. My guess is that the major ones will all settle under one or two services. Maybe MS, Sony, Apple, and Nintendo all offer similer priced packages and have the same set of pubs(EA, THQ, ACTI, SQE, Namco, and Capcom). The major differences being their own distintive set of games, Sony will have their UC and GoWs, MS the Halos, Fables, and Nintendo Marios, Zelda, and so on and so forth.

    Be those services streamed like OnLve/Gaikai or simply downloadable like Steam, some sort of iStore or something inbetween. Hard to say and things will prolly change alot between where we start and where we end up. But I am pretty sure that this is how things get rolling. The next 5 years will determine everything.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. AHA-Lambda

    on the potential plus side this could cut down on the 100 different EA logins you need on their various sites: ea website, ea store, gun club, battlefield, bioware social, game registrations etc.

    what will happen? It’ll just be another one to add on to the list above -_-

    #5 4 years ago
  6. viralshag

    @4, Personally I can’t see a subscription based CoD ever coming to light. I think if they were to start charging for anything it would be micro transactions for additional skins, guns, camo, cosmetic gear additions, etc. I think with the popularity of social games that work like this, F2P models and the fact that they already have the Acti/Blizz store that sells items to use in game, gives them a strong base to put something like that in place.

    I’m sure people would be more than willing to shell out a couple of quid here and there for these little things.

    As for the online code fee thing, I actually don’t see this as that much of a bad thing to be honest. Game retailers are ruthless when it comes to the pre-owned market and I don’t see much wrong with devs/pubs trying to regain some of the money they might “lose.”

    #6 4 years ago

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    Activision has released a new gamepay trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to support the Ascendance DLC which releases next week. Ascendance, will release first on Xbox consoles March 31 and includes the next chapter of the Exo Zombies Saga, Infected, along with four new multiplayer maps: Perplex, Site 244, Climate and Chop Shop. […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight will be a digital only release on PC – report

    It appears Batman: Arkham Knight will not see a physical release on PC, according to ShopTo. The retailer was told by its buyer the Rocksteady game will only be released on PC in digital form. ShopTo is currently double checking the information. If accurate, it is unknown if this will be case in North America […]

  • Bloodborne patch focusing on load times, performance optimizations in the works

    A patch for Bloodborne which will address load times is in the works, Sony has said The load times were one of the issues noted in Digital Foundry’s report on the From Software title. Sony told Eurogamer the patch would also explore other issues as well. “The development team is currently exploring another patch for […]

  • Gearbox would “love” to have entire Borderlands collection on current-gen

    An Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version of the original Borderlands game is something Gearbox Software is interested in, according to studio boss Randy Pitchford. Speaking in the latest Major Nelson podcast, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford said should Borderlands: The Handsome Collection prove successful, 2K Games might consider a current-gen version. “The fact that The […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork shows the catacombs, dock, more

    Over the weekend we posted Wolfenstein: The Old Blood artwork along with news of a retail release in Europe. Today, we have better quality images of said artwork to share with you. Enjoy. The standalone prequel will be released digitally on May 5 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in North America, and digitally on […]

  • Slender: The Arrival terrorizes PS4 and Xbox One this week

    In case you forgot, what with Bloodborne out today and other high profile releases of late, Slender: The Arrival is out today on PlayStation 4 in North America. The scary game will arrive on Xbox One tomorrow, March 25, and in Europe on PS4. Slender: The Arrival is an expansion on the original Slender game […]

  • World of Warcraft’s WoW Token rollout slated after launch of patch 6.1.2

    Blizzard has announced it will start rollout its WoW Token option in the weeks following the launch of patch 6.1.2 on March 24. WoW Token allows players to exchange in-game gold for game time and vice versa. Blizzard will release WoW Token first in realms serving North America, Oceania, and Latin America and will expand […]

  • The Evil Within: The Consequence dated for April, teaser video released

    Part 2 of Juli Kidman’s adventure in The Evil Within will arrive next month with the release of The Consequence. Above is a brief teaser showing some of the “madness” Kidman will encounter. The Consequence will arrive on Tuesday, April 21 on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. European PlayStation players will […]

  • Bloodborne sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate” per performance analysis

    Bloodborne has been analyzed by Digital Foundry and according to the report, even with a 30fps cap the game sometimes “struggles to run at a smooth frame-rate.” The game’s day-one 2.69GB update 1.01 is “essential” as it contains improvements to game performance and stability and the frame-rate tests run by Digital Foundry were in single-player […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews round-up

    Borderlands: The Handsome Collection reviews are out in the wild so we decided to catch a few of them for you. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is out today on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The collection packages Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel along with each game’s DLC content on one disc. Better graphics and […]

  • Evolve, Forza Horizon 2, WWE 2K15 are this week’s Deals with Gold

    Evolve, Forza 2 Horizon and WWE 2K15 are just some of the games which are part of this week’s Xbox Deals with Gold. You can also pick up the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Pro Edition for 20% off as well as the standard edition for 33% off. For the Xbox 360 crowd, there’s also […]

  • Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles now available starting at $250

    Microsoft is offering a discount on three Xbox 360 bundles with prices starting at $250. The Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value bundles feature various content such as a Kinect, 500GB console bundle and one month of Xbox Live Gold. Xbox 360 500GB Spring Value Bundle: comes with Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare download and Fable […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege beta sign ups now open

    Ubisoft is letting everyone register for the upcoming Rainbow Six Siege closed beta. Rainbow Six Siege is due for a closed beta sometime this year. Ubisoft has opened registration to everyone. All you need to do is enter your preferred platform and log in using your Uplay account. You will be entered into a waiting […]

  • Advanced Warfare: Exo Zombies map Infection is creepy

    The upcoming chapter in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies mode is called ‘Infection’ and Activision has been slowly revealing bits and pieces about it. A few teasers have been dropping ahead of Ascendance launch this month. The teasers are about the second episode in the Exo Zombie story, Infection. First off, the map. […]

  • This is the Bloodborne press kit in all its glory

    Bloodborne is a gorgeous game so it’s only fitting that the press kit it came in is a reflection of that. The pictures capture the many amazing bits of the Bloodborne press kit. A press kit is what’s usually sent to the reviewers alongside the review copy. They’re usually very ornate and almost all of […]

  • This Hearthstone turn is taking over 40 hours and you can watch it happen

    A very smart Hearthstone player has rigged his game to make one turn take over 40 hours, and it has been going for over 22 already. Hearthstone player Mamytwink set up a game against his friend to try and achieve the record for the longest turn in Hearthstone ever. Basically, Mamytwink set the game up […]

  • The Witcher 3: Geralt’s beard grows over time, but not Gandalf-long

    The beard of The Witcher 3 protagonist Geralt will grow over time, but you can trim it if you choose to. As part of a recently published impressions piece by German magazine Gamestar (translated by NeoGAF), The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developers revealed that Geralt’s beard will in fact grow over time. Not content with […]