Who would have thought that the “Worst Company in America” – award winning company for two years running would be nice enough to not take any profit in the latest Humble Bundle. The Humble Origins Bundle sponsored by EA has earned over 9 million dollars at the time of this writing, making it one of the most successful Humble Bundles in history.
The records had blown away the previous champion, the Humble Bundle V, which took 5.1 Million dollars over it’s two week campaign. The Bundle features some of EA’s best games of this generation Dead Space, Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box, Crysis 2 Maximum Edition, Mirror’s Edge, Dead Space 3, Medal of Honor for a pay-what-you-want price for charity. Paying over the average (at this time of writing $4.83) gets you Battlefield 3, The Sims 3 and two new additions to the bundle, Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3 – Uprising and Populous.
The Bundle ends on Wednesday, so we can expect the funds to continue to rise. The funding is great news for the Charities that will be collecting from this dive which includes Human Rights Campaign, Watsi, San Francisco AIDS Foundation, American Red Cross, GamesAid and the American Cancer Society.
We normally don’t report too much on the Playstation Plus service, even though we all agree it’s a great service here at Gameitall.com, but sometimes there is that one title that makes us feel like it’s worth reporting. This month, we get to see EA and DICE’s huge FPS, Battlefield 3 leads July’s Instant Game Collection. Of course there are several other great titles coming later in the month including Jet Set Radio, Metal Slug XX (PSP but Vita Compatible), Dokuro for the Vita, and Oddworld: Munch Oddysee HD.
This month is also a big month for the PSN as it’s the big summer sale. This year we see titles like Mortal Kombat, Batman Arkham Asylum, Star Wars: Force Unleashed 2, Alice: Madness Returns, Scott Pilgrim vs The World and various other titles for $5 dollars and up. Now is a good time to clear some space on your hard drive.
You can see the list of games and their sale price after the break.
While we know that new EA games will not be featuring the widely criticized Online Pass. EA seems to be putting the axe to the existing ones as well, giving free access to multiplayer as well as free content that was originally linked to the pass. As of right now this is only done on the Xbox 360 and for only a few games, however an EA representative has mentioned that it will be rolling out for more titles and for the PS3 as well.
“As we discontinue Online Pass for our new EA titles, we are also in the process of eliminating it from all our existing EA titles as well,” corporate communications rep John Reseburg told Game Informer. “We heard the feedback from players and decided to do away with Online Pass altogether.”
Currently, only a few titles are affected by this but most are part of the Online Pass that included single player content including Mass Effect 2′s Cerberus Network, and the full version of American McGee’s Alice which came with the online pass for Alice Madness Returns. The whole list of games currently affected by this is below.
EA Canada is working on EA’s upcoming UFC title and because of this the Fight Night series has been placed on hold by EA Sports. The last game that came out for the series was 2011′s Fight Night: Champion, which redeemed the series after the flop that was Fight Night Round 4.
“Right now, a great portion of the core of the Fight Night team are actually the team that are building UFC,” EA Sports executive vice president Andrew Wilson told IGN. “Do I see a future for Fight Night? You know, sure. But right now, UFC is where our fighting focus is.”
This being said, we hope that the upcoming UFC game keeps the same control mechanics as the THQ titles, but as well add features that we’ve seen in Champion (honestly, a story mode and bareknuckle MMA fights would be awesome.)
EA has announced the end of their Online Pass program, as John Reseburg; EA’s senior director of corporate communications, told GamesBeat in an E-mail “Yes, we’re discontinuing Online Pass. None of our new EA titles will include that feature.” Despite going on record months after the service was in place, EA had stated that there was not enough “significant backlash” against the service, this as changed as Reseburg mentioned that “many players didn’t respond to the format,” and continued to say that “we’ve listened to the feedback and decided to do away with it moving forward.”
The Online Pass was first introduced in 2010 with the intent of being exclusive to EA’s Sports titles, however it escalated from there with the release of Dead Space 2. It’s revenue brought $10 – $15 million dollars for EA in the first year alone. Insomniac’s FUSE will be the first EA title to not feature this service.
I don’t know anyone who didn’t enjoy the simplicity, and charming feel of Popcap’s Plants Vs Zombie, whether it was played on console, iOS, or PC. So much so that I’ve never seen so many people want a sequel for the tower defence game. Popcap knows this and they stated that “it’s about time” for a new wave of Zombies to attack in 2 new Plants Vs Zombies games.
First of which is a direct sequel, Plants Vs Zombies 2 is set for a July launch, however no other information was announced for it. The second game is a Facebook exclusive called Plants Vs Zombies Adventures and is set to launch on May 20th, also not much more information was given about the upcoming game that will more than likely be posted all over our notifications like any other game on Facebook.
PopCap will be releasing more information soon about the game including early access via their Facebook Page.
Ratchet and Clank developers Insomniac Games know that people are scared of change, with them moving away from PS3 exclusives with Sony and joining EA to release a multiplatform co-op shooter may be too much change for people to give the new game a chance. That’s where Insomniac plans on releasing a demo to the upcoming shooter ‘Fuse’ on May 7th over PSN and XBLA. The demo will feature Solo, Online Co-Op and Split-Screen Co-Op allowing players to try all 4 of the Overstrike team.
“When it comes to Fuse, the biggest thing we’ve noticed when sharing it with others for the first time is that playing is believing,” said Insomniac CEO Ted Price. Solo players can use the new LEAP function which will allow you to control any of the 4 playable characters at a time making it very accessible to single-player enthusiasts.
If there is one reason why to support Fuse, Insomniac had mentioned before that there will be no Online Pass, Day 1 DLC, and no microtransactions. So if you’ve been rallying against these things that EA has been known for doing in excess, then this is the way to show it.
After being delayed to second quarter 2013 in January, we finally have a suitable release date for Insomniac’s latest shooter ‘Fuse’. The game is set for a May 28th release in North America and May 31st in Europe according to the publisher, EA.
Pre-order perks were also announced for the high tech squad shooter, which grants additional armor and weapons for the game’s four characters. Pre-orders includes the “Hyperion Prototype Agent Armor Skins, “Hyperion Prototype Agent Weapon Skins,” and a “Quickdraw Team Perk” that increases the damage done by one-handed weapons for everyone in your party.
You can see the full press release after the jump.