EA Sports first started talking about new features for FIFA 14 last month detailingÂ â€ťPure Shotâ€ť, â€śReal Ball Physicsâ€ť, and â€śProtect the Ballâ€ť. They followed that up with additional insight on improved AI. Outside of that though the company hasn’t started the main marketing push for the game which may kick-off at E3. Until then here are some additional bullet points of interest regarding what to expect from FIFA 14.Â Read more
It has been widely expected that 2K Sports would release NBA 2K14 on the PS4 and next Xbox which would likely come shortly after first releasing on the 360 and PS3. However WWE 2K14 – considering the acquisition of the license from THQ who had been battling financial trouble, the continued development from Yuke’s studio, and the even tighter time frame between the two – appeared unlikely to make that same fluid transition. The quarterly financial report from Take Two has basically confirmed those are the plans for later this year.Â Read more
The cover campaign for NHL 14 that began in April has now advanced to the quarterfinal stage. On one side of the bracket the Red Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk goes up against Joffrey Lupol from the Maple Leafs while teammate James Van Riemsdyk takes on Martin Brodeur of the Devils. The other side has John Tavares from the Islanders facing Wayne Simmonds of the Flyers as Taylor Hall of the Oilers competes against the Blue Jackets’ Sergei Bobrovsky.
Both #2 seeds were bounced in the prior round leaving the top seeds (Datsyuk, Tavares) with potentially an easier path to the final four. Voting for the NHL 14 cover takes place through the official cover vote pageÂ where an unlimited number of votes can be cast while also qualifying for a sweepstakes. This round runs until next Monday and the player emerging as the winner of the competition will end up being announced on June 2.
The Line Drive is a weekly collection of news, links, deal alerts, and updates that didnâ€™t necessarily warrant their own postings.
â€˘Tiger Woods 14 remains at about $40 for standard while PS3 Historic Edition is $56.
â€˘Blog posting goes over what Pocket Dynasty Football will be all about.
â€˘Another patch addressing issues has been released for Out of the Park Baseball 14.
â€˘Google will be announcing their new gaming platform at a press event on May 15.
â€˘One of the guys screwed by MLB 2K12 Perfect Game cheating won money this year.
â€˘Perfect Game attempts in MLB 2K13 were down 15% from 2K12 as sales continued to fall.
â€˘A couple new screenshots have been added to the FB album for NCAA Football 14.
â€˘Details on Ultimate Team mode for NCAA Football 14 arrive this coming week.
â€˘After earlier detailing sloppiness fromÂ NCAA Football 14 OS points out another error.
â€˘A Microsoft run sweepstakes involves EA – more evidence of a partnership TBA?
â€˘Check out the new football uniforms for the Arizona Wildcats.
â€˘Here’s the new football field Wyoming is rolling out for this season.
â€˘Amazon is including a $10 instant video credit on The Last of Us pre-orders.
News and content that may have been missed from the last week around the site.
â€˘DVD/Blu-ray Releases This Week. Headlined by Cloud Atlas and Texas Chainsaw.
â€˘24 May Come Back For Another Season.Â Would be “limited” 13 episode run.
â€˘Teaser Trailer For Gravity. Sci-fi space thriller starring George Clooney.
â€˘Tom Cruise Set For Mission: Impossible 5. Following huge Ghost Protocol success.
â€˘Trailer For The Worlds End. Edgar Wright’s next stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
The brand new edition of the Press Row Hangout features myself, Rich Grisham from GamesRadar, and Owen Good from Kotaku.
Discussion is primarily centered on news out of EA and the investor call of the last week including UFC not launching this fiscal year, NBA Live possibly being a next-gen product, rumored Microsoft exclusivity of some sort, and Andrew Wilson selling off all his stock. As always the panel closes the show out by responding to some viewer questions and this time they relate to the possibility of MVP Baseball, expectations regarding the NFL license, and where the NCAA series stands heading into next-gen with the threatening player likeness lawsuit looming.
Three of the biggest performers from the playoffs get a boost in the latest NBA 2K13 roster update with Nate Robinson (+1 to 83), Klay Thompson (+3 to 75), and Stephen Curry (+1 to 88) getting credit for their elevated play. Amare Stoudemire and Tiago Splitter return from injuries to active status as does David Lee for some reason. Kent Bazemore has finally been added and all it took was appearing in 61 regular season games and making a would-be game winning shot in the playoffs. 19 players however remain missing from rosters accurate to the end of the season.
A few other noteworthy pieces of news came out of this week’s EA investor call which already provided word on the extension to the FIFA license, the numbers behind the record-breaking FIFA 13 along with the company’s future release schedule, and that UFC won’t release this fiscal year. This information relates to plans for next month’s E3. Â Read more
On Sunday mention was made that women weren’t going to make their way into FIFA 14. Despite a strongly supported petition and females appearing in the NHL franchise along with an expanding presence in Tiger Woods the combination of work that would need to be done and lack of time to do so (and possibly an evaluation of return on that investment) resulted in EA Sports shutting the door on the idea for this year at least.Â Read more
A tweet from Madden NFL creative director Michael Young to Adam Schefter has made it evident that the ESPN reporter has an as-yet-to-be-explained role in Madden NFL 25. Though he was a part of the in-game Twitter feed heading in to do work for the game suggests he’ll factor in more significantly than that.
— Michael Young (@MYsportsPhotog) May 8, 2013
The hinting at involvement of a media personality comes exactly one year to the day after the same was done on Twitter with Trey Wingo. That occurred just weeks before the reveal of Connected Careers and his place providing commentary on players during the NFL Draft. The first news on the renamed Connected Franchise is slated for May 20.Â Schefter has a history working with EA on what could end up being a similar project as he was involved with NFL Head Coach 09 providing insight on prospects during the season and reaction to picks during the draft.