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Apex Legends Preseason Invitational is the Biggest Apex Legends Tournament Yet

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There’s only way direction to go for popular competitive video games: eSports. EA has announced the biggest eSports tournament yet for Battle Royale shooter Apex Legends with the Preseason Invitational. The tournament will be held in Krakow, Poland in September, and feature 80 3-person teams from around the world competing to win a prize pool of $500,000.

“Competition is in the DNA of Apex Legends and this competitive event will showcase the game at its highest-level,” said Chad Grenier, Design Director, Respawn Entertainment. “This Apex Legends Preseason Invitational advances our vision towards a robust competitive experience with the community at the center. We continue to explore all the entertaining ways both players and spectators can experience Apex Legends and look forward to bringing this event to life.”

The Preseason Invitational is a double elimination format. Each round will determine who stays in the winner’s bracket, and who’s bumped to the loser’s bracket or eliminated entirely. The action will last until 20 teams remain for a final 60-person match to determine the winning team.

Players and teams who think they have what it takes can apply to the tournament by emailing the unique application email address. Applications must include the users’ Origin IDs and competitors must be at least 16 years old. Accepted teams must pay a $150 registration fee. Official tournament rules can be found here.

The Apex Legends Preseason Invitational takes place in Poland, September 13-16.

Emotional Indie Adventure Sea of Solitude Shipping Out July 5

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One of the most intriguing indie game announcements from E3 2018 finally has a release date. Electronic Arts and German indie studio Jo-Mei Games have announced a July 5 release date for Sea of Solitude for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC (Origin).

Sea of Solitude stars Kay, a young woman-turned-monster suffering from loneliness and isolation. As she makes her way through a flooded city, the water level rises to reflect her state of mind. Along the way she meets other people and monsters and works to help them with their own problems and overcome challenges.

The world features dynamic environments and weather that visualize characters’ emotions. New areas are unlocked by overcoming emotional challenges and bringing light and color into the dreary, dark world. Kay’s ultimate goal is to discover why her loneliness has physically transformed her, and how to change back into a human.

“Sea of Solitude centers on the essence of loneliness and tugs on the heartstrings of its players by mirroring their own reality. It’s by far the most artistic and personal project I’ve ever created, written during a very emotional time in my life,” said Cornelia Geppert, CEO, Jo-Mei Games. “Designing characters based on emotions was a deeply personal achievement for our team and we’re so excited for players to soon experience Kay’s powerful story of self-discovery and healing.”

As an EA Originals title, Sea of Solitude is an indie game with the publisher backing of EA. Other EA Originals include Fe and A Way Out.

Sea of Solitude has been rated T for Teen by the ESRB. It’s launching digitally for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on July 5, for $19.99.

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EA Access Subscription Service Now Available on PlayStation 4

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Electronic Arts will officially bring its EA Access subscription gaming service to PlayStation 4. Starting July, you’ll be able to sign up for a monthly subscription ($4.99/mo) or an annual subscription ($29.99/year) through the PlayStation Store.

“As we continue to invest in digital and subscription services, bringing great games to even more players across more platforms is an exciting opportunity for everyone,” said Matt Bilbey, Executive VP, Electronic Arts. “Our goal is to give players more choice to try and play our games wherever and however they choose, and we’re happy to bring EA Access to PlayStation 4.”

EA Access works like Netflix, granting access to EA’s digital library of games as long as you subscribe. EA games include Anthem, Apex Legends, FIFA 19, and Battlefield 5. Being an EA Access subscriber also grants a 10% discount on EA digital game purchases and DLC, as well as various in-game bonuses and rewards, such as Madden card packs and Apex Coins. Subscribers can also play new games a few days early through exclusive Play First Trials.

EA Access is currently available for PC (Origin) and Xbox One. It will arrive on PlayStation 4 this July.

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Save Up to 85% In the EA Publisher Sale on PC and Xbox

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Apex Legends may be free but for most EA games you’ll need to pay up. The EA Publisher Sale is here if you want to load up on other EA games like The Sims 4, Titanfall 2, Star Wars Battlefront 2 and Battlefield 5. The digital game sale is currently available for PC (via Origin) and Xbox One.

There are some really solid discounts on recent releases. The discounts are slightly deeper on PC versus Xbox (around 5%), but either way it’s worth checking out some of the biggest games from the last few years.

Hear are some highlights (prices listed from Xbox’s digital game store):

  • Battlefield 5 – $30 (50% off)
  • Star Wars Battlefront 2 – $6.25 (75% off)
  • The Sims 4 – $8.00 (80% off)
  • Titanfall 2: Ultimate Edition – $7.50 (75% off)
  • Madden NFL 19 – $15.00 (75% off)
  • Need for Speed Payback – $6.60 (67% off)
  • A Way Out – $17.99 (40% off)
  • Fe – $5 (75% off)

On Origin you can also find The Sims 4 expansions on sale, such as The Sims 4: Seasons ($19.99, 50% off) and The Sims 4: Cats & Dogs ($19.99, 50% off).

The EA Publisher Sale runs until March 19 at 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern.