SimCity

If I understand this blog post by Maxis general manager Patrick Buechner correctly, publisher Electronic Arts is set to donate at least $100,000 to the Red Cross this year. The process starts with a new pack of Red Cross-themed downloadable content for "SimCity," which went live earlier this week.

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Titanfall

Respawn Entertainment and Electronic Arts have taken to Gamescom to show off a new "Titanfall" gameplay video that introduces a the cherry blossom-lined streets of Angel City and the new "Attrition" multiplayer mode.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition

BioWare have obviously never said this publicly, but the scuttlebutt has always been that "Dragon Age II" suffered from publisher EA's meddling and lack of support, funds, and development time. There'll be no such whispers surrounding "Dragon Age: Inquisition," though: during Gamescom, BioWare and Electronic Arts announced a Fall 2014 release for the upcoming role-playing game.

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by Joseph Leray

Morrigan (Dragon Age: inquisition)

A Morrigan appearance in "Dragon Age: Inquisition" is no surprise: she featured heavily in the game's first trailer at E3 earlier this summer. "It's not a cameo," says David Gaider in an interview with Game Informer. "She plays a significant role."

That's the good news: Morrigan was ruthless, caustic, insecure, and sometimes just downright mean, but she was sharply drawn and chracterized, and I always appreciated BioWare's dedication to realistically loathsome characters. The ambivalent -- or bad, depending on your preferences -- news is that she won't be a playable companion.

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by Joseph Leray

Dragon Age: Inquisition

"Dragon Age: Inquisition," BioWare's hotly anticipated -- by yours truly, at least -- follow-up to the much-maligned "Dragon Age II," is the cover story for this month's issue of Game Informer. As a result, new details are starting to leak out like so many demons from a tear in the Veil.

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Electronic Arts announced today that they will be working with pop star Katy Perry on an "integrated and exciting collaboration" between her and The Sims. Perry, a Sims fan herself, will be featured in advertising and marketing for the best-selling game franchise, and in-game fashions, hairstyles, backgrounds, and accessories featuring the singer's unique style will also be available.

Said Perry:

"I love how you're able to play out different stories through your Sims characters - giving them different careers and watching them succeed. It's cool to see the Sims' stage performances in The Sims 3 Showtime decked out just like my California Dreams Tour — even my cotton candy video screens are in there! I always like to think of myself as a cartoon, and now I'm a Sim!"

Her collaboration with EA starts with The Sims™ 3 Showtime Katy Perry Collector's Edition, now available for pre-order. This edition include various Perry-related downloadable items including fashions, a guitar, a hairstyle, stage props, and an exclusive poster. Read More...

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FROM MTV GEEK:

A screenshot from the highly-anticipated Battlefield 3

By John Gaudiosi

One of the big games of 2011 is preparing to invade PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Battlefield 3 is the latest shooter from acclaimed developer DICE and Electronic Arts. Patrick Liu, producer on Battlefield 3 at DICE, recently showed off new gameplay at the EA Vegas Gameshow. He talks about what’s in store for players when they engage in Battlefield 3 in this exclusive interview.

MTV Geek: What’s it like for you, personally, to be involved in this game, this franchise, especially with the big battle with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 this fall?

Patrick Liu: We always set very high expectations for ourselves, just raising the bar with every game that we make. I think that pressure from ourselves, from each other, is actually bigger than anything else. Just to create the next gen Battlefield game, basically. That’s where we gauge ourselves. We focus on creating the best game that we can.

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shadows of the damned

Back at the beginning of March, right around GDC, Electronic Arts confirmed the forthcoming release of "Shadows of the Damned," a Grasshopper Manufacture production, for June 7. That also happens to be the same day this year's E3 kicks off. In what is most likely, at least in part, a response to that, EA has now pushed back the "Shadows" release to June 21.

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mass effect 3

You knew this was coming. "Mass Effect 3" was the featured cover story in the latest issue of Game Informer, so it was only a matter of time before officially released screens made their way to the Internet. BioWare doesn't want you judging the look of the game based on blurry magazine scans posted on fansites, after all. Check out one screen up top and the other, featuring Commander Shepard trading fire with a Cerberus lackey on the Salarian homeworld, after the jump.

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alice madness returns

It's amazing to think that "American McGee's Alice" came out more than a decade ago. Its particular blend of third-person action has only grown in popularity since then; just imagine what the game would look like now! On consoles! You don't have to of course, since "Alice: Madness Returns" is coming in June. In an awesome -- and completely expected -- twist though, console gamers will get their crack at the original thanks to a port and a download code that will reportedly come with the game.

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