Square Enix Reports Large Profits; EA Announces Q3 Losses

February 9, 2010 by Andy Giff  
Filed under News, Nintendo, PC, Playstation, Xbox

Final Fantasy XIII is Square Enix's next blockbuster release, coming out in March

Square Enix recently reported rather sizeable profit increases on a year-on-year basis, with increases in the many billions of Yen.

They have stated that their operating income increased by 68% from the previous year, to 21.4 billion yen and that net sales for the period were up 30% to 135 billion yen. Square obviously have the release of Final Fantasy XIII in Japan to thank for a lot of that, as well as Arkham Asylum which sold very well. This is pretty good news given the current economical climate and all that stuff that I am not going to pretend to be knowledgable about. Still, good to hear that a company is doing well.

At the same time, EA has announced a loss in quarter 3 of its fiscal year, despite various big-name titles. Games such as Left 4 Dead 2, Dragon Age and even FIFA 10 were not enough to stop the company from seeing a decline in profits from the previous holiday period.

However, with Dante’s Inferno already out as well as the massive Mass Effect 2, I don’t think it will be anything major to worry about for EA. With ME2 topping all the sales charts, it’s already looking like a good start to 2010 for the publishing giants.

FIFA 10 gets its’ face on

October 8, 2009 by Rob Knight  
Filed under News, Playstation, Xbox

Fifa 10

FIFA 10, the newly crowned best selling sports game of all time, which has notched up 1.7 million sales across Europe in its’ first week on sale is slowly but surely ironing out the post-release bugs that have appeared across all formats since launch.

Speaking on the EA forums and via his Twitter account, EA Sports community manager Romilly Broad announced that Game Face is now working meaning that all web & online features of the game are now back up and running.

Another highly anticipated feature, Live Season 2.0, is however still missing in action with EA unable at present to provide a firm date as to the enabling of the feature.

In the meantime however there’s plenty to keep players occupied in-game and the current 92 score on Metacritic is sure to be keeping Peter Moore happy !

FIFA 10 new features announced

September 9, 2009 by Rob Knight  
Filed under News, Nintendo, Playstation, Xbox

Fifa

EA SPORTS today announced that the Live Season premium service introduced in FIFA 09 has been expanded into a new game mode for FIFA 10, this time around featuring weekly updates of player form, transfers, injuries, suspensions, fixtures, results and league standings. Barclay’s Premier League, La Liga BBVA, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, Serie A and Mexican Primera Division will be supported and the game mode enables you to visually track your results against real life as you progress.

“Every Wednesday is Live Season day where dynamic real-world data and analytics will be updated in FIFA 10 to match the weekly rhythm of real-world football and subscribers will have the chance to rewrite their clubs’ history,” said David Rutter, producer of FIFA 10.

My Live Season is available for the PLAYSTATION 3 and Xbox 360. The service is valued at a recommended retail price of £3.99 for the ongoing season on PlayStation Network and 400 points on Xbox Live Marketplace for each individual league. A package of all leagues will be available for the recommended retail price £7.99 for the ongoing season on PlayStation Network and 800 points on Xbox Live Marketplace.

In addition to this the EA Sports Football World website has re-launched, including the ability to upload and edit your GAMEFACE for use on the website and also ingame as your Virtual Pro in any offline or online game mode.

FIFA 10 is released on October 2 on multiple formats