EA Q2 financials, Modern Warfare and the Highway of Death, more

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How’s it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from thegamingobserver.com, for Wednesday, October 30th. I can’t believe it’s almost Halloween already, anyway, let’s talk video games.

EA Q2 financial report

Electronic Arts has a swath of info in the world today thanks to their Q2 financial results. They reported $1.3 billion in revenue, 854 million in profit, though a lot of that profit is due to some tax changes, a more realistic number is around 230 million. They attribute the success to a few things, notably of course the sports games. Madden and FIFA both have more players than the previous entry, and especially more online players, which likely means more money. Apex Legends has hit 70 million registered players, with more content, a mobile release, and a competive program all in the works. The Sims 4 has monthly average players up 40%, so that one is still growing like crazy even though its been out for 5 years. Then the big announcement, EA Access, their subscription service, is heading to Steam. This means many of the games already in the service will make its way over, starting with The Sims 4 and Unraveled, and then next year, Apex Legends, FIFA 20, and Battlefield V. And then of course all of their new games starting with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. So no Origin requirement here. Considering all the growth they’re seeing, this year and next year have no major plans other than doubling down on the live services. The only important note is that we are not going to see another Battlefield game until between April 2021 and 2022, so they’re taking their time on that one.

Modern Warfare re-attributes the Highway of Death to Russia, instead of the United States

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has released, and before it launched they were pretty heavily advertising the idea that they were creating a “emotionally charged experience that’s inspired by the headlines in the world today, where the rules are gray and battle lines blurred.” Indeed, many of the events in game are inspired by real-life events, but the devs are now being accused of revisionist history. You see, towards the end of the First Gulf War, the United States led an attack on Iraqi forces as they were fleeing up Highway 80, which is now known as the Highway of Death. That event was highly publicized, with many questioning whether or not it was a war crime to attack after cease-fire. Well, in Call of Duty, this event is replicated, except they shift the blame to the Russians, who actually no involvement in the original conflict. The main complaint is that Infinity Ward has rewritten history to ensure the US is seen as the good guys. Some have been making the case that it’s all fictional, so it doesn’t matter what they did. Regardless of where you sit on the fence, it doesn’t appear as though the Highway of Death is the only example of this in the game.

Recommendations for the Steam Halloween sale

Steam has a Halloween sale up right now for a few days, and I thought what the heck, let me give you some recommendations. First of all the big titles, The Witcher 3 GOTY, 70% off, XCOM 2, 75% off, Rainbow Six Siege, 60% off. My favourite game of all time Hollow Knight is 50% off, it’s worth every penny and more. The dark fantasy dungeon crawler, Darkest Dungeon is 70% off, fantastic game. And if you really want to get spooky, the Resident Evil 2 remake is 50% off. Tons of games are also having Halloween Events, take a look at Terraria, Team Fortress, Hitman 2, Astroneer, PUBG, Don’t Starve Together…tons of games!

That’s the news for today. A big thanks to Boarder and Kally for leaving me 5-star reviews on Amazon, I will be back tomorrow, as I am every day, and until then…Happy Gaming everyone.