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Battlefield producer aiming to win back hearts and minds

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Thursday 9 October 2014ADD COMMENTS

Capture the donut?

A senior developer with EA subsidiary DICE LA has conceded that it has a lot of work to do to win back the trust of a once fanatical, now justifiably hesitant, Battlefield fan base.

While the game was reasonably well received by critics, the online component of Battlefield 4 was plagued by technical issues, issues that persisted for months and required numerous patches. At the height of the backlash against the game, EA was forced to pull resources away from future content in order to address ongoing performance issues with Battlefield 4.

In a conversation with GameSpot, Battlefield: Hardline producer David Sirland agreed that there are probably still “a lot of players who won’t trust us to deliver a stable launch or a stable game.” Sirland sees it as his job to “earn our trust back”.

According to Sirland, allowing fans to go hands on with earlier builds of Battlefield titles will ensure that these problems won’t be repeated, at least not to the same degree, with future releases.

Dispatches from EB Expo 2014 – Part 2

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Monday 6 October 2014ADD COMMENTS

Part 1 l Part 2

So as I went into the second day of the EB Expo in Sydney, there were a few other games I wanted to make sure I got a good look at. Luckily I had enough time to check everything out before my time at the show drew to a close. Read the rest of this entry »

Home being vacated

Posted by Black Panel Staff On Tuesday 30 September 2014ADD COMMENTS

It doesn’t get any more depressing than this.

Sony has revealed that it is pulling the plug on its long running PlayStation Home service, simultaneously providing the first reminder in years that it actually still exists. This may be overstating things just a tad (Sony has been rolling out content here and there) but this is probably the first time that the mainstream has paid any attention to the service since, well, shortly after it launched back in 2008.

A virtual world in the tradition of Second Life, PlayStation Home gives PS3 players access to a unique avatar and house, as well as the ability to interact with other users. Players are also encouraged to unlock and/or purchase a range of items, such as clothing and furniture. PlayStation Home has also played host to a range of mini games and virtual press events.

Sony elected not to bring the service across to the PS4, a decision that probably foreshadowed this latest announcement. PlayStation Home will cease to operate on 31 March 2015.

Destiny Review

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Sunday 21 September 2014ADD COMMENTS

Available on XBO, PS4, 360 and PS3 l Published by Activision l Developed by Bungie l Classified MA15+ l Supports 1-16 players

REVIEW IN BRIEF > Destiny is a game that will polarise players. For some the excellent shooting and wonderful level design will allow them to have an amazing experience. On the other side of the coin, the empty areas, poor story, broken loot system and boring early game will be enough to put some off for life. It may be that Destiny is a proof of concept for future entries in the franchise and that the best is yet to come. Read the rest of this entry »