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Earlier this year, Microsoft and EA opened up the EA Access “Vault” to all Xbox Live Gold subscribers for a week of binge gaming. With this year’s E3 Expo set to kick off any minute now, they’re doing it again.
If you’re an Xbox Live Gold subscriber, you’ll have free to all 21 games in the EA Access “Vault” from now until Wednesday, June 22. That includes EA Sports titles such as EA Sports UFC, FIFA 16, FIFA 15, FIFA 14, Madden NFL 16, Madden NFL 25, Madden NFL 14, NBA Live 16, NBA Live 15, NHL 16, NHL 15, and Rory McIlroy PGA Tour, as well as Battlefield Hardline, Battlefield 4, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Titanfall, Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare, Need For Speed Rivals, and Peggle 2. A pair of Xbox 360 games, Dead Space and Plants vs Zombies, will also be available through the “Vault” thanks to the Xbox One’s backwards compatibility options.
Xbox One interested in subscribing to the EA Access service can do so for $4.99 per month, or $29.99 for a full year. A paid subscription to EA Access also includes “Play First” rental access to several of EA’s biggest upcoming games (including Battlefield 1, FIFA 17, Madden NFL 17, and Mass Effect: Andromeda) before they’re released to the public.
Electronic Arts is opening the doors to their EA Access all-you-can-play subscription service on the Xbox One this week with a free trial for all Xbox Live Gold members.
Beginning today, Xbox Live Gold members will be able to download and play all 14 games currently available through the EA Access “Vault.” The offer expires January 24 and features a mix of new and old titles including Battlefield Hardline, Battlefield 4, Dragon Age: Inquisition, TitanFall, Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, Need For Speed Rivals, Peggle 2, EA Sports UFC, FIFA 15, FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, and NBA Live 15. To access the EA Access free trial, you’ll need to download the EA Access Hub app from the Dashboard.
If you’d rather skip all this free trial stuff and go straight to a subscription, EA offers access to EA Access for $4.99 per month, or $29.99 for a full year.
Dragon Age: Inquisition’s Dragonslayer multiplayer expansion is out today; Jaws of Hakkon add-on available to all on May 26
Electronic Arts and BioWare have announced a new multiplayer expansion for Dragon Age: Inquisition will be available to download (for free) on the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One today. The Dragonslayer expansion will add three new characters (Skywatcher, Zither the Virtuoso, and Isabela the Raider Queen of the Eastern Seas), a new location, and the opportunity to fight dragons. As part of the expansion, BioWare will also add The Black Emporium, ” four high-level stores which sell epic weapons, powerful accessories, new crafting materials and schematics and other hard-to-find items,” to the game.
In other Dragon Age news, BioWare has confirmed (via Twitter) that Inquisition’s first single-player expansion, Jaws of Hakkon, will be available to download for the PS3, PS4, and Xbox 360 on May 26. PC and Xbox One owners have been able to purchase it since March.
Dragon Age: Inquisition‘s first downloadable expansion, Jaws of Hakkon, made a surprise appearance on the PC and Xbox One last week. But BioWare stayed mum on when the add-on would launch on the PS3, PS4, and Xbox 360. Until now.
Today, BioWare confirmed that Jaws of Hakkon will be available on all other platforms beginning in May:
— Dragon Age (@dragonage) March 30, 2015
An exclusivity contract between Microsoft and Electronic Arts ensured that the DLC would launch on the Xbox One first, but a nearly two-month delay for the other consoles is a bit on the ridiculous side.
As promised, BioWare has released a new trailer for Dragon Age: Inquisition‘s first expansion, Jaws of Hakkon. And also as promised, the expansion is available to download now (for $14.99) if you own the game on PC or Xbox One. So what can players expect from Jaws of Hakkon? Would you believe it involves dragons…
Discover the fate of the last Inquisitor and the powerful dragon he hunted. Enter an overgrown wilderness filled with Avvar, fiercely independent hunters who settled in the southern mountains of Thedas. Explore their culture to uncover what happened to the last Inquisitor and the dragon he pursued. Find an ancient Tevinter fortress that hides a dangerous secret. In this new adventure, playable within the Dragon Age: Inquisition campaign, you will face powerful foes, gain legendary armor and weapons, and confront an ancient god of war bent on destroying the world.
The Jaws of Hakkon expansion will eventually make its way to the PS4 (and possibly the PS3 and Xbox 360, as well), but exactly when that will happen is currently unknown.
BioWare has confirmed that Jaws of Hakkon, the first expansion for Dragon Age: Inquisition, will be available soon. But first, the developer will upload a trailer for the add-on, which will be released for the PC and Xbox One “first” as part of a timed exclusivity agreement. According to BioWare’s Twitter feed, we won’t have to wait long for the trailer, as it should be available tomorrow:
— Dragon Age (@dragonage) March 23, 2015
It’s unknown when the PS4 will receive the Jaws of Hakkon expansion, but if Microsoft’s contract with Electronic Arts is anything like their Call of Duty deal with Activision, it’ll probably follow along in a month or so.
While any hint as to the actual content of the expansion will have to wait until tomorrow’s trailer premiere, XboxAchievements has unveiled the four Achievements/Trophies that’ll be added to the game:
- Firestarter (15) – Destroy all the Winter Shards and light all the fires in the Old Temple
- Legend-Marked (30) – Impress the Avvar of Stone-Bear Hold and gain their friendship
- Historian (30) – Uncover the secrets of a legendary figure
- Winter’s End (90) – Dispel a myth of ancient days
Presumably, expansion plans for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Inquisition will be announced at a later date, but it’s very possible EA and BioWare will leave the previous generation behind with Jaws of Hakkon.
UPDATE: BioWare just tweeted that the Jaws of Hakkon expansion will released tomorrow for the PC and Xbox One alongside the trailer.
BioWare’s Dragon Age: Inquisition won “Game of the Year” at the 2015 SXSW Gaming Awards, but 2014’s other big releases walked away with the rest of the categories.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor and The Last of Us: Left Behind were the only multi-award winners. Shadow of Mordor collected trophies for “Excellence in Gameplay,” “Excellence in Animation,” and “Excellence in Design and Direction,” while Naughty Dog’s expansion to The Last of Us was awarded with the “Most Valuable Add-On Content” trophy as well as “Most Valuable Character” (for Ellie).
The full list of winners (which also includes Destiny, Far Cry 4, Alien: Isolation, Transistor, Super Smash Bros. For Wii U, and many others) can be found after the break. (more…)
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced the nominees for the 2015 BAFTA Games Awards and the British-born Alien: Isolation leads the way with six nominations. Creative Assembly’s sequel to the 1979 film is up for “Best Game” as well as “British Game,” “Audio Achievement,” “Music,” Game Design,” and “Game Innovation.”
It will be competing for the top prize against some of last year’s most-honored titles including Bungie’s Destiny, BioWare’s Dragon Age: Inquisition, Nintendo’s Mario Kart 8, Monolith’s Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordorm, and ustwo’s Monument Valley.
Monument Valley’s presence in the “Best Game” category is rather fitting as it lead all other games with five nominations. Far Cry 4, which is not competing for “Best Game,” also managed to score five nominations. 80 Days, Destiny, Mario Kart 8, and Shadow of Mordor all took up residence on the next level with four nominations apiece.
The winners of the 2015 BAFTA Games Awards will revealed on March 12. The full list of nominees can be found after the break. (more…)