We are very happy to invite many of you to the closed beta testing phase of WildStar’s Free-to-Play transition. To participate in the closed beta you must have an existing WildStar account and have signed up for a closed beta key. If you’re interested in testing but you haven’t signed up, there’s still time – click this link to reach the closed beta signup page – all of the upcoming Features can be read here. This new content is not final and may – in fact, probably will – change due to testing. That’s why we need your help. Your thoughts, your livestreams, and your feedback on the CBT forums will help guide us in making the right changes for the right reasons.

For additional information about the WildStar Free-to-Play closed beta and how you can help us with your feedback, please read through this Knowledge Base article with more information on: Read More →

A two-year anniversary for Final Fantasy XIV is currently being celebrated via a 14 hour live broadcast. The stream has been live for more than an hour where Naoki Yoshida kicked things off with details regarding the next patch for Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward.

Despite being an incremental update, v3.07 will include a plethora of new features, content, and adjustments. Below are all the major additions of the patch as shown during the live stream:
New Dungeons: St Mocianne Arboretum and Pharos Sirius (Hard).
New Raid: Void Ark (seen in the art above).
New Gold Saucer Mini-Game: Lord of Verminion, a PvP system for minions with an RTS style of gameplay.
New Housing Options: House sharing and interior lighting adjustment.
TP bar added to party interface.
Level 50 dungeons will now reward experience.
Airship Exploration system added.
Some existing mounts will be given a flying mount option.
Try on multiple gear items at the same time.
Relic weapon quests will be added.
Favor adjustments including effect duration.
Additional Triple Triad cards and opponents.
Gold Saucer Challenge Log.
Multiple-slot items can now be glamoured.
Option to rename Free Company.
Job adjustments will also be making an appearance. Below are the currently confirmed changes:
Astrologian: Synastry and Collective Unconscious adjustments. Card duration increase. Heal potency increase.
​Dark Knight: Blood Weapon TP reduction.
Machinist: Quick Reload recast reduction.
Monk: Greased Lightning duration and potency increase.
In addition to the above, a European data center will go live around mid-October, offering improved ping for players in the region. This is something that European players have requested since the game released two years ago.

The first major update for Heavensward will follow around October in the form of update 3.1, which is likely to be detailed later during the live stream.

If you were lucky to get an invite to the FIFA 16 closed beta last month, you can finally download it as of yesterday.

As reported by FIFPlay, people that received an invite to the beta for FIFA 16 can finally download and play it now. The beta is available for the PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 versions of the game.

The beta file size is quite large clocking in at 15.7GB. If you were one of the select few to get access to the closed beta, you should have received an email with instructions on how to download and install the beta.

Specific game modes are available for specific players. The game modes from the beta include: Pro Clubs, Career Mode, Online Seasons and Ultimate Team. Read More →

FIFA 16 is probably going to be the biggest shake up the series has seen in years, with sweeping additions made to the moment to moment gameplay, as well as the overall modes list and structure of the game. One of the big new additions to the game is the Ultimate Team Draft Mode, and in an interview with VG247, Adam Shaikh, creative director of FIFA Ultimate Team for the past seven years elaborated on exactly what it is.

Essentially, it’s a perfect distillation of the Ultimate Team experience, and is great for anybody who is too wary of getting into Ultimate Team proper – known to be an almost horrific timesink – but still wants to enjoy what the mode brings to the table.

“One of the original reasons for Draft Mode was more to provide an interesting and compelling change of pace for very experienced players: high risk, high reward, and to really shake it up,” explains Shaikh. “It became obvious very quickly that this was a great distillation of the FUT experience. In an evening you could build a great team, take part in a challenging competition and get rewards at the end.”

He also discussed the Ultimate Team mode itself, assuring us that there would be no changes to its player friendly free to play structure.

It’s always been important for us to say that everything in FIFA Ultimate Team is available for free,” says Shaikh. “There’s nothing you can get by spending that you cannot get for free. Even the auction market – basically the transfer market where you can guarantee what you want – the only thing you can use there is FIFA Coins. It’s critical for us that we focus on a great game that people want to play.”

FIFA 16 launches soon, on Xbox One, PS4, and PC, with Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, iOS, Nintendo 3DS, and PS Vita also all getting some variant of the experience. Stay tuned to GamingBolt for more coverage and information.

The newest trailer for the FIFA 16 video game gets soccer fans hyped for the new season of league play.

With the biggest leagues in Europe set to get underway over the next few weeks, including the Premier League this coming weekend, soccer fans around the world are getting amped for the action. For that reason alone, it makes sense that EA Sports would want to capitalize on that excitement.

EA Sports released the latest trailer for their upcoming FIFA 16 title that is essentially a hype video for the 2015-16 season around the world. Quite frankly, it’s awesome and will get anyone ready to see the beautiful game:

With Alex Morgan on the cover of the latest FIFA release, it’s good to see some women’s action in the latest trailer. That being said, they also succeed in cranking up the hype for upcoming seasons, even building to the crescendo of Lionel Messi scoring. Also, let’s not underestimate the fantastic choice of music by having “At Last” playing throughout the latest trailer.

After being hyped up for the new season by the trailer, you won’t have to wait long for actual action. If you’re just stoked for FIFA 16, you’ll have to wait a little longer. The game won’t hit stores until September 25.

There’s no doubting that that the FIFA series has got more and more sophisticated over the years.

Shooting, crossing and passing have all become more realistic, while the game physics are more lifelike with every edition. No wonder, then, that each one feels like a more satisfying gaming experience than the last.

Even the latest editions aren’t without glitches, of course. Some of those glitches can be pretty glaring.

Take this one, for example. One gamer was innocently enjoying a FIFA 15 match between Arsenal and Everton. Suddenly, out of nowhere, Olivier Giroud annihilated Phil Jagielka with a brutal and acrobatic wrestling takedown.

Hilariously, this cheeky gamer then decided to save the replay and dub the footage with WWE commentary. The result is a brilliant bit of trolling at the game designer’s expense. Let’s just hope they can cut out any bodyslams in FIFA 16 before its fast-approaching release date. Read More →