Gaming Update: 'Battlefield 4,' 'The Last of Us,' 'Black Ops 2,' 'NCAA Football'

Gaming Update: new DLC for 'Last of Us' and 'Black Ops 2,' new game modes for 'Battlefield 4,' and why EA Sports is discontinuing NCAA football.

EA Sports 'NCAA Football'

Last week, game modes for Battlefield 4 were revealed, DLC for The Last of Us was announced, PS3 and PC gamers finally got their hands on a Black Ops 2 add-on, and EA Sports announced it will suspend its NCAA Football series for the foreseeable future.

Battlefield 4 Game Modes 

DICE announced the seven game modes for Battlefield 4, two of which are new to the series: "Defuse" and "Obliteration."

"Defuse" is a five-vs.-five game across all platforms. Players have one life, and the goal is to eliminate the enemy squad or arm and detonate one of the team's military weapons. "Obliteration" can be played simultaneously by 24 players on current-gen consoles or 32 gamers via PS4, Xbox One and PC. It pits teams against each other with the goal of picking up a lone bomb, dropping it off at an opponent's objective location, and detonating it.

Previous game modes returning include "Team Deathmatch," "Rush," "Squad Deathmatch," "Conquest and Domination."

The Last of Us Single-Player DLC Announced, Will Arrive This Winter

Naughty Dog announced the arrival of the first single-player, story-based add-on for The Last of Us. The DLC will introduce a new character, but gamers will have to wait to get their hands on it, since it won't be released until December or January.

"This is an ambitious story with strong ties into the narrative of The Last of Us," wrote Naughty Dog's Eric Monacelli on the PlayStation Blog.

A multiplayer DLC called "Abandoned Territories" will arrive Oct. 15, giving gamers access to four new maps: Suburbs, Bus Depot, Hometown and Bookstore. The third and final piece coming from the game's season pass, also expected to be multiplayer, will be available in the first half of 2014.

Black Ops 2 Apocalypse DLC Arrives for PS3 & PC

After a month-long wait, PS3 and PC gamers can finally receive "Apocalypse," the fourth and final DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. The pack includes four new multiplayer maps—Pod, Frost, Takeoff and Dig—in addition to Origins, a co-op map of France during World War I, completing the story arc that details the beginnings of the zombie takeover from World at War.

"Apocalypse is free for Season Pass holders and costs $14.99 a la carte.

EA Sports Won't Release NCAA Football Next Year

EA Sports has decided not to release a college football game next year. The company announced the news last week, citing the growing number of college players requesting compensation for use of their images in the games.

"This is profoundly disappointing to people who make this game, as I expect it will be for the millions who enjoy playing it each year," said EA exec Cam Weber. "We follow rules that are set by the NCAA, but those rules are being challenged by some student-athletes."

In related news, EA Sports and the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) have settled a $40 million lawsuit with former NCAA student-athletes over the use of their names and likenesses. However, it's unclear whether the NCAA, which remains a defendant in the ongoing legal battle, will rule that the money will endanger students-athletes' amateur status.


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