The Line Drive for May 28

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Posted May 28th, 2017 at 2:30 pm

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The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didn’t necessarily warrant their own postings.

EA Sports revealed the 32 Elite players chosen from w/pre-orders for Madden NFL 18.
NHL 18 won’t be among the games showcased at the upcoming EA Play event.
The free card pack and $20 VC for NBA 2K17 through Prime got extended a month.
Early indication is NBA 2K17 won’t be PS4 Plus free game for June like last year.
CEO of Saber Interactive posted thoughts on the recent update for NBA Playgrounds.
That patch for NBA Playgrounds is out now on PS4 and PC but still not Switch or XB1.
EA Sports released the first screenshots in advance of E3/EA Play from NBA Live 18.
New Ultimate Team loyalty program has gone live in Madden NFL 17.
Some of the gameplay-specific items being worked on now for Sociable Soccer.
Three sports games are there for launch of the Xbox Game Pass subscription service.
Price of ARMS lowered to $51 on Amazon or $48 for Prime members.
The Prime discount is now active on The Golf Club 2 making it just $32.
Franchise Hockey Manager 3 is on sale for just $10 through June 1.
Blu-ray releases this week are led by the comedy Fist Fight.

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  • Keith.

    Saw where Take Two announced this week that NBA 2K17 remains on track to be their highest selling title ever, with sell-in to date near 8 million. Awesome game — good for them. The # 1 selling sports game in America just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

    https://seekingalpha.com/article/4075927-take-two-interactive-software-ttwo-ceo-strauss-zelnick-q4-2017-results-earnings-call

    “Our results also benefited from 2K’s robust holiday lineup. NBA 2K17 remains the top-rated sports game of the current console generation and is poised to become our highest-selling sports title ever, with selling to date of nearly 8 million units. Engagement with and recurrent consumer spending on our industry-leading basketball series continues to grow, with over 2 billion games of NBA 2K17 played on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, up 16% over NBA 2K16. More than 1.3 billion of these games were multiplayer, a 40% increase, and the average time the consumer spent playing multiplayer games increased by nearly 30%. This remarkably strong engagement helps to drive record recurrent consumer spending on NBA 2K, which grew 71% during fiscal 2017. Furthermore, we’re thrilled to broaden our industry-leading basketball brand and expand our footprint in the evolving world of competitive gaming, with the upcoming launch of the NBA 2K eSports league, which Karl will discuss in more detail.”

    • ClubSteve

      how is nba live 18 supposed to compete with this?

      • MoneyMayweather

        they don’t have too.

        but it’s sad from the Teaser trailer the movement is still stiff
        but they got the graphics on point it’s just when it’s in motion where it all goes wrong.

        I don’t know how EA can’t get the movement system down. 18 years after they have been realistic movement systems in the market.

        • Jeff

          Are they using the frostbite engine for live?

          • Word coming out about it is that it won’t be using Frostbite, but there’s been nothing official on that from EA.

          • Skopin

            It would be a complete letdown if they aren’t using Frostbite. I thought that was the whole point of delaying a year.

          • MoneyMayweather

            it looks like ignite.

        • SockfulOfNickels

          Totally agree with this… easily what bothers me most about FIFA and the other EA games is the movement, it’s so janky.

    • Keith.

      Also mentioned WWE was at 3 million — pretty great numbers for a niche title.

  • Jeff

    Got to play the hot shots golf beta i refuse to call it everybodys golf its pretty good besides the 3 click system to hit the ball would prefer using the analog stick like rory pga you get to actually walk to each hole

    • Keith.

      Congrats for getting in — look forward to more impressions.