After nearly 30 years and 39 titles, EA is ending its branding partnership with the international football association, FIFA. EA will be renaming the franchise EA Sports FC and moving forward with new titles without the exclusive licensing agreement with FIFA. In a press release from FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, the association has indicated plans to continue developing FIFA-branded titles with new development partners.
Bethesda has announced on Twitter that both Starfield and Redfall’s releases will be delayed into 2023. While the titles had been targeted for a 2022 release, coinciding with the anniversary of Skyrim, the publisher indicated that the studios would need more time. The tweet promises a deep dive into the gameplay of both titles, and expectations are high that they will make an appearance at the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase on June 12.
After a year of beta testing, EA has provided a global release date for the mobile version of the popular battle royale Apex Legends. Apex Legends Mobile will be launching on iOS and Android on May 17th and will offer players an experience largely the same as the PC and console versions with mobile-optimized controls. The game’s developer, Respawn, is offering pre-registration rewards to players who sign up early, with increasing reward tiers opening up based on the number of registrants.
GameIndustry.biz is taking a deeper look into Embracer Group’s high-profile acquisition of Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal and what it means for the company going forward. While Embracer’s past acquisitions have largely focused on small and indie studios, the acquisition of these studios, in addition to Borderlands developer Gearbox, hints at Embracer’s future in AAA gaming and competing directly with larger publishers like EA, Microsoft, and Ubisoft.