Electronic Arts is working on Project Atlas, its new cloud-based game development platform

    
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A couple of days ago, Electronic Arts CTO Ken Moss published a blog post announcing Project Atlas, a cloud-based game development platform that aims to merge EA’s various pieces of game-dev technology, such as its Frostbite engine and online game services, into a “next-generation unified platform.” According to the post, one of the main goals of Project Atlas is to cut down on the amount of time that developers have to spend on “manual configuration, integration, logging, and coding,” allowing them to “free up time, brainspace, and energy for the creative pursuit.”

Right now, Project Atlas is still under ongoing development, so there’s no telling yet what kind of an impact it will have, particularly in the MMO space. As Gamasutra points out in its article on Project Atlas, “It’s an intriguing idea, albeit one that stretches across well-worn territory,” as EA’s assertion that “Project Atlas will encompass the option to tap remote servers for additional processing power . . . sounds quite similar to how Microsoft originally pitched Crackdown 3 years ago.” Nevertheless, EA clearly has high hopes for the platform, and we’ll just have to wait and see what comes of it.

Source: Gamasutra
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Booyaah82

I stopped at ‘Electronic Arts is working on…’

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Bruno Brito

This company is a fucking plague upon gaming. I honestly hope they are erradicated from the face of this earth.

That being said, i know how it ends: Good, competent workers are tossed in the streets, while the incompetent suitfucks get silky parachutes.

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Armsbend

It’s EA so I hope to see it fail and millions in capital wasted. I only wish EA all of the bad things they have wrought on the industry over the years. The days the doors close and the twitter posts of “hey I got a severance package but no one else who didn’t broker the deal i made did…mind helping these cogs I don’t know the actual names of out? I can’t I’m on a flight out of here.” start flying will be a great day indeed.

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rafael12104

Sure. Sure. Video games as a service and all that shtick. Except that now, EA can charge to maintain your character info on one of their clouds.

Can you see it now? There is the base sub + saved character info + additional storage space for data and music = 40 bucks a month. But hey, you can play any platform anywhere and not lose progress!

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Arktouros

Ooo charging customers for data storage space on their always online games that they paid $60 upfront for.

Why does that sound familiar…

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Xijit

Because every console maker already does it

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rafael12104

Some form if it, yup.

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Arktouros

And because that’s basically been the MMO business model since it’s start.