Gaming Update: EA Sports, 'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare,' 'The Last of Us'

Gaming Update: EA Sports stops Season Ticket, Wii U ignored by new 'Call of Duty,' and Naughty Dog delivers free DLC.

Electronic Arts Sports' Season Ticket subscription service, which allows early access to the publisher's sports games and provides discounts for downloadable content, is being phased out over the next two years. Madden NFL 15, NHL 15 and FIFA 15 will be the final titles to use the service, which works only for the PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles.

"We're constantly looking at the benefits we provide to our players and ensuring that they are valuable and beneficial to as many players as possible," said the company in a release. "As more and more of our fans move to the new generation of consoles, we felt the time was right to start the process of concluding Season Ticket."

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EA Sports Ending Season Ticket Service

Electronic Arts Sports' Season Ticket subscription service, which allows early access to the publisher's sports games and provides discounts for downloadable content, is being phased out over the next two years. Madden NFL 15, NHL 15 and FIFA 15 will be the final titles to use the service, which works only for the PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles.

"We're constantly looking at the benefits we provide to our players and ensuring that they are valuable and beneficial to as many players as possible," said the company in a release. "As more and more of our fans move to the new generation of consoles, we felt the time was right to start the process of concluding Season Ticket."

EA will stop selling the Season Ticket in March 2015, and the benefits will cease a year later.

"Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" Not Coming to Wii U

More bad news for Wii U owners! Last week, developer Sledgehammer Games announced that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will not be coming to the console, describing the move as "an Activision decision." The forthcoming title follows several other high profile games, including Battlefield Hardline and Assassin's Creed Unity, that won't be released on the platform.

"We're not developing a Wii U version," Sledgehammer co-founder Michael Condrey told Eurogamer. "That was a business decision made by Activision to focus us on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Another studio is doing current-gen. The Wii U wasn't on the business key plan. So that was off our radar, but I know the company's not doing it."

Advanced Warfare will be released Nov. 4

Free Multiplayer Maps Released for "The Last of Us"

Naughty Dog has released two free multiplayer maps to PS3 and PS4 gamers as a "thank-you" for their continued support while the developer tries to resolve the long matchmaking times in The Last of Us Remastered.

The timetable for fixing the issue remains vague, but NG is confident that it's a matter of weeks rather than months. In a statement posted on its website, the company said, "We are working on resolving this issue for those in our community who are still affected. We know this can be frustrating, and the team here at Naughty Dog wants everyone in our community to know that working on this issue continues to be our number one priority."

The company also recently released new patches for both consoles, which will hopefully address the matchmaking times and introduce new weapons.

 


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