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David Doak looks back on TimeSplitters: Future Perfect, says EA failed to promote the game adequately

Future Imperfect

The TimeSplitters series had a very successful debut with the first game, but it seemed to struggle to find an audience with each subsequent release. People have speculated on why that is, and in a USGamer interview, dev David Doak shares his two cents.

Doak talked about TimeSplitters: Future Perfect in particular, which is the first installment published by EA. According to Doak, the game's failure to break through at retail was EA's fault.

"We did Future Perfect with EA and I think delivered an amazingly good game, but they didn't make the effort to sell it. And by that time Free Radical was a fairly big company, so we had a lot of mouths to feed. We were quite cross with them, to put it mildly."

It seems that EA instead turned their attention to promoting GoldenEye: Rogue Agent, which many would say is inferior to TimeSplitters: Future Perfect. The Bond name is certainly more recognizable, but the name alone doesn't make for a good game.

RUMOR: EA bringing Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit remaster, Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville, and Velan-developed title to Switch

The final 3 revealed

Last week, EA revealed that they were bringing 7 games to the Switch in the next twelve months. We immediately found out 4 of those titles, which were Burnout Paradise: Remastered, Apex Legends, FIFA 21 Legacy Edition, and Lost in Random. Wondering what the other 3 games are? Some inside information on that has just surfaced.

Jeff Grubb, someone who's been nailing inside Switch info for months now, has come forward with the 3 remaining titles. According to Grubb, Switch owners can look forward to an updated version of 2010’s Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville, and Velan Studios' upcoming team-based action title.

We already knew about Velan's work, but many had forgotten it was even announced. As for the other two, those aren't confirmed in any way, but Grubb's track record certainly makes his info believable. Now we'll just sit back and wait to see what EA announces!

EA says they're bringing games to Switch to let players play where they want, making a big push for cross-play

Big play from EA

Just last week, EA revealed that they have 7 titles lined up for the Switch in the next 12 months. That includes Burnout Paradise; Remastered, FIFA 21, Apex Legends, Lost in Random, and 3 other unnamed games. This is a stark difference from EA's previous output on Switch, which gave us two games per year at most. Why the big change of heart? According to a GamesIndustry interview with EA studios boss Laura Miele, the answer is two-fold.

"We want players to be able to play our games where they want to, which is why we're bringing more games to more platforms including Stadia, Steam, Switch and Epic Game Store. We're also making a big push on cross-play, because we know a fundamental motivation in playing games is about connecting with friends and family who may choose to play on a different console or platform. The ecosystem in which we are operating has changed for the better, and we want to be everywhere players are."

While Apex Legends includes cross-play, you have to wonder if other upcoming EA titles are going to do the same for Switch. Again, there are 3 games we still don't know about, so the potential is definitely there.

Burnout Paradise: Remastered "PS3 Vs. Switch" comparison

Still haven't had enough of Burnout Paradise: Remastered yet? The latest video shows off how the Switch version measures up to the PS3 release. Get a real good look at the two in the feature above.

Some Switch owners are a tad miffed with the icon for Burnout Paradise: Remastered

LITERALLY UNPLAYABLE!

Above is the icon for Burnout Paradise: Remastered on Switch. At first glance, it looks like a pretty standard icon. Most will likely feel that way, but some have seen a few hiccups that have irked them to no end.

If you take a closer look at the icon, you realize that it actually has a border around it. The icon doesn't appear to be properly sized, and is instead a box in a box. On top of that, it appears the top of the icon has the markings of some sort of editing software as well, as there's a grid design visible.

Not the end of the world by any means, but hopefully something that will be updated by EA in the near future.

Apex Legends Director says Switch port is 'looking really good and running really well,' but presents challenges

Sounds like an in-house project

Respawn's Chad Grenier had a virtual sit-down with GameSpot to talk about all things Apex Legends, and that includes the just-announced Switch port. Check out some tidbits from the interview below.

- the port is not without its challenges
- the team has been working on it awhile
- it's looking really good and running really well, and is coming along nicely
- some changes have been made to make it run
- includes motion controls
- will be caught up on content with other versions when it launches

While Grenier doesn't outright say it, it sounds like the port of Apex Legends to Switch is actually being handled in-house, rather than being farmed out to a third party. If that's the case, seeing how the Apex team handles this version is going to be quite interesting!

Burnout Paradise: Remastered 'Switch Vs. Xbox One X' comparison

A head-to-head race

Seems like EA has done a good job with their port of Burnout Paradise: Remastered to Switch. Want a better idea of how things look? Check out the comparison above, which puts the Switch version up against the Xbox One X.

Electric Playground Review - Burnout Paradise: Remastered

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Burnout Paradise: Remastered launch trailer

Burn rubber, baby

Make action your middle name as you rule the open streets of Paradise City, in Burnout™ Paradise Remastered. Test the limits of skill and endurance as you push the boundaries of speed itself. Hurtle through hectic downtown avenues to wild mountain roads. Smash through traffic, wreck your opponents, and use the open city to find shortcuts. Leave your friends in the dust and define your route to victory – or crash out in spectacular and devastating effect.

FIFA 21 Legacy Edition announced for Switch

Hooray?

As many expected, FIFA is once again coming to Switch for a yearly installment. This time around it's FIFA 21 Legacy Edition, and as you probably can tell, it's a barely-updated version as compared to last year. Expect refreshed roster, kits and an updated presentation when it comes to menus and broadcast features. FIFA 21 Legacy Edition comes to Switch on Oct. 9th, 2020.

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