Tuesday, April 6, 2010

EA Announce Tiger Woods PGA TOUR Online Is Out Now

EA have announced that Tiger Woods PGA TOUR Online is now Live. This is a Free to play online Golf Game that has 10 different courses to play, with more planned to be added over time. Tiger Woods PGA TOUR Online can either be played for free, or gamers can choose to buy a monthly subscription, for £6.99, or a Yearly Subscription, for £49.99, that entitles them to unlimited gameplay.

Gamers also have a choice whether to use real world money to buy items in the game, or use ingame credits to buy items. some items can improve a players performance or increase the amount of experience a player gains.

EA Have released a new trailer for Tiger Woods PGA TOUR Online, highlighting many of the features in the game and using video from the game to show them off.

Press Release

GUILDFORD, UK.,– 6th April, 2010 – Electronic Arts Inc., (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today the launch of Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® Online, providing on-the-go golf enthusiasts with the most accessible, authentic and feature-rich golf video game experience available through a web browser. Tiger Woods PGA TOUR Online, developed by EA Tiburon, has stunning high resolution 3D graphics and requires no game installation*, no disc, and no additional peripherals.

In addition to a free-to-play** experience that allows unlimited access to featured courses, players will be able to choose from a monthly or yearly membership, offered at £6.99 and £49.99 respectively (pricing for North America). Tiger Woods PGA TOUR Online will also utilize a points-based transaction system allowing players to purchase packages of points which can be used on in-game transactions, such as rounds of golf and Pro Shop items. Consumers who purchase the annual membership receive unlimited rounds on all available courses, and will be provided with a package of points that can be spent on Pro Shop items.

“Consumers have an increasing appetite for authentic gaming experiences online and EA SPORTS is driving innovation and growth in the online gaming category, from consoles to mobile devices and the web,” said EA SPORTS President Peter Moore. “The launch of Tiger Woods PGA TOUR Online signals a shift in the traditional distribution model and will change the way that people will be able to access and enjoy their favorite video games for years to come.”

Since Tiger Woods PGA TOUR Online first debuted in May 2009, EA SPORTS has invited players to participate in a series of closed and open beta sessions and consumers have showed overwhelming interest and support for the offering. During open beta, players from nearly 200 countries have played more than two million rounds of golf.

The community will continue to play an integral role in driving the game’s evolution by influencing new course releases, tournament enhancements and key game features. The server architecture allows for easy feature additions driven by player feedback, creating a continuously fresh and challenging experience for on-the-go golf enthusiasts.

Beginning today, new players will also be able to enjoy the following highlighted features:
• Pro Shop – Players have access to a robust Pro Shop allowing them to customize their golfer’s apparel, gear and clubs. Items in the Pro Shop will positively affect the players’ in-game experience, allowing them to earn more dollars and experience with certain items and improve their performance with better clubs. Pro Shop items can be purchased with in-game currency earned through regular on course play or with points purchased using real-world money.
• Group Tournaments – Group tournaments will help players connect with golf buddies across the globe, as players will be able to challenge their friends in customized, private Group Tournaments. These tournaments are customizable allowing group leaders to set personalized criteria for their tournaments such as selecting the course and playing conditions.
• Friend to Friend Messaging – Leveraging the growing social aspect of golf, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR Online allows players to connect with and message friends in the world’s fastest-growing online golf community.
• World Championship Courses – At launch, two new courses will be released for Tiger Woods PGA TOUR Online – Harbour Town Golf Links and Oakmont CC®. Upon launch, the game will feature an initial roster of ten world-class golf courses including Torrey Pines GC, Pebble Beach Golf Links®, TPC Sawgrass, Sheshan Golf & CC, St Andrews (Old Course), Wolf Creek GC, Wentworth (West Course), Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Oakmont CC® and Harbour Town Golf Links. New courses will continue to be released in the future.

Since 1986, EA has produced immersive golf experiences that give casual and hardcore gamers the ability to hit the links via an authentic gameplay experience. Since the launch of Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 99 the franchise has sold more than 25 million units worldwide***. The critically acclaimed Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 10 on the Wii™ was a finalist for IGN.com’s 2009 Sports Game of the Year. Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 11 is released on 2nd July on the Wii, Xbox 360®, PlayStation®3 and iPhone® platforms.

For more information about Tiger Woods PGA TOUR Online, go tohttp://tigerwoodsonline.ea.com and for Tiger Woods PGA TOUR Online assets, go to www.easports.co.uk/press.

EA SPORTS™ is one of the leading sports entertainment brands in the world, with top-selling videogame franchises, award-winning interactive technology, global videogame competitions and breakthrough digital experiences. EA SPORTS delivers personal access to the emotion of sports through industry-leading sports simulation videogames, including Madden NFL football, FIFA Soccer, NHL® hockey, NBA LIVE basketball, NCAA® Football and NCAA Basketball, Fight Night boxing and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® golf, EA SPORTS MMA and EA SPORTS Active™.

For more information about EA SPORTS, including news, video, blogs, forums and game communities, please visit www.easports.co.uk to connect, share and compete.
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** Internet connection and registration required. Must be 13+ to register online.
*** Based on totals from NPD data and EU-based retail tracking services, including internal EA sales data.


About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is a leading global interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the Company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers, wireless devices and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTSTM, EATM, EA Mobile™ and POGOTM. In fiscal 2009, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.2 billion and had 31 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is www.easports.co.uk.. More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at www.easports.co.uk/press..
EA, EA SPORTS, EA Mobile, POGO and EA SPORTS Active are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. John Madden, NFL, NBA, FIFA, NHL, NCAA, NASCAR, Tiger Woods and PGA TOUR are trademarks of their respective owners and used with permission. Wii is a trademark of Nintendo. Xbox and the Xbox 360 are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies. PlayStation is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. iPhone is a trademark of Apple Inc, registered in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
The PGA TOUR is the world’s premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 100 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour.

The PGA TOUR’s mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.

In 2010, the three Tours collectively have tournaments in 34 states and in 12 countries outside of the U.S. PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to nearly 600 million households in 231 countries and 30 languages.

Virtually all tournaments are organized as nonprofit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2009, tournaments on the three Tours generated nearly $109 million for local charitable organizations, bringing the TOUR’s all-time total of charitable contributions to nearly $1.5 billion.

The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the company is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

EA Have Released A New Video For Skate 3 From The Upcoming Demo

EA Have released a new video for Skate 3. this video is from the upcoming Demo, showing the University District. the video shows various skaters skating and pulling tricks in all sorts of locations in the University District area.

EA Announce The Skate 3 Demo Is Coming To Xbox Live And PSN On 15th April

EA Have announced that a Skate 3 demo is coming to Xbox Live and the Playstation Network on 25th April. The demo will include the University District in the Port Carverton. the demo will also have singleplayer and multiplayer challenges. The Demo will also come with Skate.School, and gamers will also be able to personalise the University District by dropping 24 different objects into it. The Demo will also come with the Replay Editor and users will be able to upload these to Skate.Reel.

Press Release

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- Apr 06, 2010 Black Box, an Electronic Arts Inc. studio (NASDAQ:ERTS) announced today that the demo for the highly-anticipated SKATE™ 3 will hit Xbox Live Marketplace and the PlayStation Network on April 15th, 2010. The demo will give players a taste of the University District in the all-new skater’s paradise of Port Carverton. Players will shred through a series of single and multiplayer challenges including Domination, Own the Lot, and the bone-crushing Hall of Meat.

In addition to the modes and challenges, players can learn the ropes or perfect their skills in the all-new Skate.School featuring Coach Frank. Gamers can also sample the all-new object dropper by using 24 different items to tweak and alter the University District to create a personalized demo experience. Once players have that perfect trick nailed, they can capture the moment with the in-game Replay Editor and upload footage of themselves with the Skate series’ immensely popular Skate.Reel.

SKATE 3 is the definitive co-op skateboarding experience as players build the ultimate team to take on unique team challenges, compete against rival crews online and shred the streets. In the end, SKATE 3 takes skateboarding to a new level with more tricks, improved off board actions, and gnarly Hall of Meat carnage.

SKATE 3 hits retailers in North America on May 11th, 2010 and worldwide on May 14th, 2010 and is available on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. The game is rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB and “16+” by PEGI. More information can be found atwww.skate.ea.com, become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/skate, or follow us on Twitter @ Hippyjump.

About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is a leading global interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the Company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers, wireless devices and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTSTM, EATM, EA MobileTM and POGOTM. In fiscal 2009, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.2 billion and had 31 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is www.ea.com. More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at http://info.ea.com.

EA, EA SPORTS, EA Mobile, POGO and SKATE are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. Microsoft, Xbox and Xbox 360 are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies. "PlayStation" is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

PopCap Announce Plants vs Zombies HD For The iPad

PopCap have announced Plants vs Zombies HD for the iPad and announced that the game is out now. the original Plants vs. Zombies game for the iPhone has gone on to sell over 650,000 units since its release in February.

The iPad version of the game costs $9.99/£5.99. Plants vs. Zombies HD has 50 levels and quickplay modes as well as the survival mode that was in the Apple and PC version of Plants vs. Zombies. The iPad version has also got a multi-touch user interface, 4 new achievements and 18 mini-games, one of which is exclusive for the iPad.


Press Release

SEATTLE, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- PopCap Games, maker of some of the world's most popular video games, today announced its Plants vs. Zombies™ HD app for iPad® is now available on the App Store. Since its introduction on the iPhone™ and iPod® touch in February, Plants vs. Zombies has sold more than 650,000 units. With this latest adaptation, PopCap is propelling the Plants vs. Zombies franchise to new heights – delivering even more great gameplay and exclusive features tuned specifically for iPad. The Plants vs. Zombies HD app for iPad is available for US$9.99 from the App Store on iPad, or at: www.itunes.com/appstore/.

"The iPad is a fantastic platform for gaming, and Plants vs. Zombies HD allows us to show off the great new features and functionality of this exciting device," said Andrew Stein, director of mobile business development at PopCap. "In this adaptation, we've focused on the iPad's Multi-Touch capabilities and opportunities for new gameplay like the Buttered Popcorn mini-game that will excite both new and current players."

The Plants vs. Zombies HD app for iPad offers all 50 levels of Adventure and QuickPlay modes as well as Survival mode from the original Apple Macintosh and Windows PC game. It also includes four all-new achievements (for a total of 17) and 18 mini-games, including Buttered Popcorn – exclusive to the iPad – offering frantic and fun gameplay where players attack zombies by first "buttering" them up before firing corn-cob cannons at them. To defeat the growing hordes of zombies, players can touch them to place butter on their heads. With the Multi-Touch user interface, players can select up to eleven zombies at a time, targeted for "buttering" by the powerful cob cannons. The game's non-stop action is presented in full 1040x768 resolution, delivering stunning visual effects rarely seen in mobile gaming.

Originally launched on the PC and Mac in May of 2009 to universal acclaim, Plants vs. Zombies was introduced for iPhone and iPod touch earlier this year, where it quickly became a global phenomenon. The game reached the #1 position on the App Store Top Grossing charts in more than 20 countries worldwide, including the U.S., Canada, China, Russia, Australia, Germany, Denmark, Ireland, and Norway.

About PopCap
PopCap Games (www.popcap.com) is the leading multi-platform provider of fun, easy-to-learn, captivating video games that appeal to everyone from age 6 to 106. Based in Seattle, Washington, PopCap was founded in 2000 and has a worldwide staff of over 260 people in Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, Vancouver, B.C., Dublin, and Shanghai. Its games have been downloaded more than 1 billion times by consumers worldwide, and its flagship title, Bejeweled, has sold more than 50 million units across all platforms. Constantly acclaimed by consumers and critics, PopCap's games are played on the Web, social platforms, desktop computers, myriad mobile devices (cell phones, smartphones, PDAs, Pocket PCs, iPod, iPhone, iPad and more), popular game consoles (such as Xbox and DS), and in-flight entertainment systems. PopCap is the only "casual games" developer with leading market share across all major sales channels, including social, Web portals, retail stores, mobile phones, MP3 players, and game devices.

The PopCap logo and all other trademarks used herein that are listed at www.popcap.com/trademarks are owned by PopCap Games, Inc. or its licensors and may be registered in some countries. Other company and product names used herein may be trademarks of their respective owners and are used for the benefit of those owners.

Microsoft Announce The Xbox 360 System Update Is Out Now

Microsoft have announced that the Xbox 360 system update that brings USB memory support to the Xbox 360 is out now. Major Nelson has also twittered that "Everyone should have the latest LIVE update by now.", as Microsoft had been releasing the update slowly across Xbox Live throughout the day.

From Major Nelson Blog

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  • QTE Blog: Re-Cap of The Weekends News (oldest to newest) http://ow.ly/16YZjc

  • QTE Blog: Audio Re-Cap of The Weekends News (oldest to newest) http://ow.ly/16Z0Ab

  • 360: "The 'Splode Beneath My 'Splosion" and "Donuts Song." from 'Splosion Man are coming to Rock Band http://ow.ly/1uFL6

  • Quentin Tarantino says he's not interested in Videogames, prefers special region DVD players http://ow.ly/1uFPC

  • PS3: Sony has said that Killzone 2 is not going 3D, says Quore episode was a demonstration. http://ow.ly/1uFS9

  • CV from a ex Pandemic staff, reveals the studio was working on Legends for 360/PS3 but their work on it stopped in 2008 http://ow.ly/1uFUG

  • Tameem Antoniades, the co-founder of Ninja Theory, says next gen consoles not coming soon, industry still licking wounds http://ow.ly/1uFNE

  • 3DS: a video of the new Sharp Parralax Barrier screens has bee found. it mention non-touch versions also coming. http://ow.ly/1uImH

  • QTE Blog: Apple Announce 300,000 iPads Were Sold In The USA By 4th April http://ow.ly/16Z5S6

  • QTE Blog: Nintendo Celebrates The DSiWare's 1 Year Anniversary http://ow.ly/16Z5S5

  • iPhone: Apple is holding an event on 8th April where they'll be showing a sneak peak at the upcoming iPhone OS 4 http://ow.ly/1uKYm

  • QTE Blog: Sony Online Entertainment Announce Free Realms Has Over 10 Million Registered Players http://ow.ly/16Z7lt

  • QTE Blog: This Weeks WiiWare, DSiWare, And Virtual Console Releases http://ow.ly/16Z7ls

  • A Trailer for Resident Evil: Afterlife has been released. http://ow.ly/1uL8E

  • Denki announce they've cancelled XBLA game Quarrel and restructured asQuarrel couldn't find a publisher http://ow.ly/1uLap

  • QTE Blog: Big Fish Games Announce Amazon: Hidden Expedition Is Out Now For iPad http://ow.ly/16Z9VR

  • QTE Blog: Sony Announce The Flower Soundtrack Is Coming Out This Week On The PSN For $2.99/€1.99/£1.59 http://ow.ly/16Z9VQ

  • Reliance Big Entertainment have acquired a 50% stake in Codemasters. Reliance are a part of the Dhirubhai Ambani Group http://ow.ly/1uLd9

  • PS3: Polyphony Digital's Kazunori Yamauchi says PS Move and 3D Technology could come to Gran Turismo 5. http://ow.ly/1uLfF

  • Beenox Studios confirm that Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions does not have any support for PS Move or Natal http://ow.ly/1uLi0

  • 360: Geometry Wars Retro Evolved 2 is half price this week for Xbox Live Gold Members. it'll cost 400 MS Points this week http://ow.ly/1uLFX

  • ZuneHD: Firmware 4.5 is out now. it brings SmartDJ, increased Video codec support + more http://ow.ly/1uNM9