News & Updates
  • Press Row Podcast: The Numbers Game
    Posted May 26th, 2018 at 10:15 am No Comments

    Mat Piscatella makes another visit to the Press Row Podcast to go over the latest NPD sales data for games like NBA 2K18, MLB The Show 18, and Madden NFL 18. Also discussed is the PGA Tour signing on with The Golf Club 2019, what importance reviews hold these days, the impact of subscription services on spending, and the affect Fortnite is having on the industry.

    Check out the podcast through iTunes for iOS, on Android with the Stitcher app, or with Pocket Casts on iOS, Android, and Windows. Subscribe and give the podcast five star reviews to help support the show! You can also listen with the streaming player below.

  • Madden NFL 19 features and other details revealed
    Posted May 25th, 2018 at 8:30 am No Comments

    EA Sports today unveiled the first details on Madden NFL 19 in advance of next month’s EA Play. The game will feature a new animation system and a custom draft class creator in Franchise Mode. More details on all the features are scheduled for dates prior and through the week of EA Play in June. Read more

  • MLB The Show 18 patches in PCI changes in attempt to fix hitting
    Posted May 24th, 2018 at 7:30 am No Comments

    The sixth substantial post-release patch for MLB The Show 18 arrived early this morning. This is now the fifth update to directly alter the hitting system based on problematic consumer feedback, while the also-prominent pitching and fielding issues have been worked on at least three times each through those prior patches.

    The changes are substantial and could make a dramatic difference to success at the plate. Curiously the development team seems to be blaming the game for what they describe as being too much of a simulation rather than attributing the concerns to legitimate errors found with how the PCI placement was translating to contact. In addition to hitting changes the pitch speeds have been increased in online competitive modes.  Read more

  • Tennis World Tour is out today but is missing its online play
    Posted May 22nd, 2018 at 8:30 am No Comments

    It’s release day for Tennis World Tour on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and in a surprise announcement that was held until it could no longer being hidden, the game has no online play capability ready for launch. That functionality will be added through post-release support at a future unspecified date.

    Features are scheduled to roll out in two phases. The first will bring online quick matches and in the second phase we will implement a ranked online mode with global leader boards. We will go into a more detail about these modes in the next few days. We apologise that you will have to wait on the multiplayer features a little longer, but we hope you will enjoy the local multiplayer or start your journey to the top in career mode in the meantime and look forward to your feedback.

    After a long absence from consoles tennis games have now returned and both so far this year have released in troubled and unfinished states. Thankfully there’s still Mario Tennis Aces on the horizon that’s sure to be polished and complete.

    Some planned additions and improvements to come have also been laid out for Tennis World Tour, and those include a doubles mode, weekly challenge mode, sliding animations for clay courts, improvements to audio, and additional outfits and accessories.

  • The Golf Club 2019 to feature PGA Tour license and six authentic courses
    Posted May 21st, 2018 at 9:15 am No Comments

    Developer HB Studios today announced that The Golf Club 2019, which is set to release in August, will include the official PGA Tour license for the game’s Career Mode that will culminate in the FedExCup Playoffs. There are six real-life courses included at launch with TPC Boston, TPC Deere Run, TPC Sawgrass, TPC Scottsdale, TPC Southwind, and TPC Summerlin.

    Users will begin their career in the Tour qualifying tournament, the start of a journey to become a PGA TOUR member. Finishing in the top 75 in this event qualifies for entry into the Tour. In a streamlined season, users will have multiple ways of advancing to the PGA TOUR to begin their professional career. Finishing in first place in three of the six events will automatically earn a PGA TOUR card for early promotion. Finishing in the top 25 on the money list after the six events will also earn early promotion to the PGA TOUR. Once on the PGA TOUR, users will join the PGA TOUR and compete for the FedExCup over 32 events. Throughout each PGA TOUR season, not only will they compete for the top spot on the leaderboards, they will be working to achieve sponsorship goals for in-game rewards and competing against rivals.

    The Career Mode will feature a mix of those authentic courses with user-created courses. The course creator and sharing capability, so popular and well-utilized in the first two games, will of course return for the new one even as some licensing is integrated into the product.

    It was recently announced that Rory McIlroy PGA Tour would be removed from digital stores and EA Access. Expiring licenses were pointed at as the likely reason why, though a move of a license from one property to another would not necessarily mean the previous game could no longer be sold so that development remains a bit of a mystery.

    When The Golf Club 2019 was announced concern was raised whether an unlicensed video game series could sell on an annual basis, but now by bringing in some licensing it becomes a much stronger game to market and an easier purchase to justify for those who bought The Golf Club 2 in 2017. One question still to be answered is whether the price of the game will now go up from $40 due to the acquisition of the PGA Tour license.

  • The Line Drive for May 20
    Posted May 20th, 2018 at 11:00 am No Comments

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

    The NBA 2K League is already dying despite the many millions of dollars invested.
    Analytics on the Pennant Race mode in Super Mega Baseball 2 have been provided.
    The release of Tennis World Tour has been delayed for PC and Switch versions.
    EA Sports has been revealing player ratings for the World Cup update to FIFA 18.
    Codemasters officially announced F1 2018 with few details besides 8/24 release.
    Details on the newest Diamond Dynasty Program and Event in MLB The Show 18.
    Pre-launch online tournament demo for Mario Tennis Aces will run June 1-3.
    Details on the latest ratings update for EA Sports UFC 3 following UFC 224.
    Details on the latest gameplay tuner update to go out for EA Sports UFC 3.
    The popular Best Buy GCU program looks to be coming to an end.
    Blu-ray releases this week headlined by Game Night and Red Sparrow.

  • Press Row Podcast: Pre-E3 News and Musings
    Posted May 18th, 2018 at 9:30 am No Comments

    This episode of the Press Row Podcast tackles topics that include the surprising last-minute delay to NBA Playgrounds 2, the addition of Fight Night Champion to backwards compatibility on Xbox One, and whether one or both could be leading into an E3/EA Play announcement. Additionally listener questions are taken on what player will be featured on the Madden NFL 19 cover, the benefits and costs to league licenses and more!

    Check out the podcast through iTunes for iOS, on Android with the Stitcher app, or with Pocket Casts on iOS, Android, and Windows. The show can also now be found on the recently launched Google Play Music for podcasts. Subscribe and review to help support the show! You can also listen with the streaming player below.

  • NBA Playgrounds 2 has been delayed
    Posted May 17th, 2018 at 7:30 am No Comments

    With just five days until the scheduled release of NBA Playgrounds 2, developer Saber Interactive has come out to announce that the game will in fact not be making that date. The delay is currently unspecified in both reason and length but they’re hinting at something new being worked on behind the scenes that could affect the upcoming game or have influence on the franchise as a whole going forward.

    We’ve got some news to share, but we want to start by saying ‘good things come to those who wait.’ There are exciting things brewing with the NBA Playgrounds franchise that we think will take arcade basketball to new levels. We can’t tell you everything now, but we can tell you that this means our launch date of May 22nd will be moved out. Please be patient with us, we promise that NBA Playgrounds 2 will be better than ever.

    While it’s still somewhat unusual for a game to get delayed in such close proximity to release it’s becoming more common given the increase in products available only as digital downloads. Had this been a full retail release it would not have happened in this manner.

    Depending on how long of a delay it becomes this could actually hurt the prospects of success for the game. As noted in previous articles, NBA Playgrounds 2 was set to come out at a prime point for NBA interest. The NBA Finals will begin at the end of the month and the NBA Draft takes place next month. Additionally an insane wave of competition for consumer dollars looms on the horizon beginning in late August. Should some kind of an announcement be coming the natural spot for that would be E3 which is now less than a month away.

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