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  • Rumor: EA cut backs have affected at least six publishing arms

    Rumor has it that the 1500 jobs and the dozen or so in-development games that were cut at EA affected studios Pandemic, Maxis and almost the entire Command & Conquer team. According to a source close to Kotaku, the team working on Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight was notified today that once the game […]

  • SKATE 3 trailer shows crew-on-crew action

    The first proper SKATE 3 trailer’s stuck after the break, showing crews skating together and against each other. Remember, the hook this time is the ability to get together in teams. Everything else aside, this does look as though it’s put together by people that understand skateboarding. F’riggedyreals. Out in May for 360 and PS3.

  • SKATE 3 - first video

    Get the first SKATE 3 trailer after the break. The footage shows off the game’s social aspects. It’s all about “crews” and co-op this time out. EA announced the title today. Expect to be playing this next May on PS3 and 360.

  • SKATE 3 announced for May 2010 ship [Update]

    Update: The announce trailer’s here. EA’s just confirmed SKATE 3 for a May 2010 release. Online and offline co-op’s included this time. This, apparently, will allow you to create the “ultimate skate crew”. It’s set in Port Carverton, a new locale. Black Box is doing it, obviously. PS3 and 360. PR after the break.

  • Rumor: Criterion working on Need for Speed title due in 2010

    Criterion Games is rumored to be working on the next iteration of the Need for Speed franchise, and it’s slated for a 2010 release. According to a Primotech source, the development was announced during an internal presentation at EA Redwood last week by John Riccitiello. EA responded to queries regarding the news with a side […]

  • EA: 4th Need for Speed game in development by Black Box

    No content with revealing three new Need for Speed titles, EA has revealed to EG that it has one more “secret” NFS game in development by the beleaguered Black Box team. “Black Box is currently working on a future action title in the franchise,” said EA’s Keith Munro. How Munro rejects as false the idea […]

  • Criterion and Bright Light safe from EA lay-offs

    Develop reports that both Criterion and EA’s Bright Light studios in Guildford have been spared from any lay-offs the company is to make. This information supports the information we provided you with last week, although Bright Light was admittedly off our radar. Skate 2 developers Black Box got axed last week as EA looks to […]

  • Skate 2 gets Time is Money DLC that unlocks everything

    EA has released a Time is Money pack for Skate 2 that unlocks everything in he game that would only otherwise become available if you actually sit down and play it. For 400 MS Points or £3.49 on PSN, you gain access to “all locations, skaters and gear that can be earned by playing through […]

  • Rumour: EA Canada GM note on Black Box lay-offs leaked

    Following yesterday’s 200-strong lay-offs from Skate 2 developer Black Box, Rory Armes – EA Canada GM – apparently mailed the rest of the outfit explaining that a swathe of “positions at Black Box have been eliminated”. The exec asked all staff to leave the studio to ease the consultation process, and said all remaining time […]

  • EA holds company-wide meeting, Black Box sees mass lay-offs

    Kotaku’s rumouring that Black Box has seen 150-200 staff laid off today following a company-wide meeting held at EA Canada. CEO John Ricittiello is said to have headed up the shindig. The news comes the day after Skate 2 – developed by Black Box – released in the US. The outfit employs around 350 people. […]

  • EA's Skate 2 PS3 version "runs like a dog," says Aussie review

    Oh dear. Australian site Gameplayer‘s Skate 2 review reckons the PS3 version has severe frame-rate issues and “runs like a dog.” From the piece: There are some serious frame-rate concerns with the PS3 version of the game. We tested both the Xbox 360 and PS3 review code, even taking our rider in each version to […]

  • Brand new Skate 2 shots showing tricks for kicks

    Images after the break. Black Blox’s Skate 2 is looking more than we decent we think and if you didn’t already know, a demo was available from Xbox Live yesterday and should be ready to go on PSN today. EA has said Black Box is to close after Sthe game’s release. Skate 2 hits the […]

  • 7 Skate 2 trailers out on the streets

    EA has released seven new Skate 2 videos showing all kinds of different aspects of gameplay from tricking through bailing. In case you didn’t know, a Skate 2 demo will release on Xbox Live this morning with PSN to join in on the fun on the 15th. Head over to IGN for a veritable video-feast […]

  • Skate 2 demo to hit PSN Jan 15

    EA has just issued a press release stating that Black Box’s Skate 2 demo will be released on PSN on January 15th. The release confirmed that 360 owners can download the demo as of tomorrow morning. Skate 2 will be released on January 21 in the US and worldwide on the 23rd. Full release after […]

  • EA to close Black Box

    After earlier reports outlining EA’s plans to fire 400 and close nine studios, it seems the first outfit to be axed is Need for Speed developer Black Box. According to IGN, many of the studio’s staff are being relocated to EA’s Burnaby facility in British Columbia. Apparently the closure will not be immediate, meaning SKATE […]

  • NFS Undercover Cops and Robbers online mode announced

    EA studio Black Box has given word that Need for Speed Undercover has an online multiplayer mode entitled Cops and Robbers. It’s four against four with one team on the run whilst the other gives chase. Sounds like it could be good. Well, Block Box seems to think so, anyway: “High-intensity police chases are a […]

  • Need for Speed Undercover gets release date, star Maggie Q

    EA has announced that Black Box developed Need for Speed: Undercover is set for a North America on November 18th and in Europe on November 21st, 2008. The game will be available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, as well as the PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, PSP, PC and mobile so basically, there’s no avoiding […]

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