Feeds

EA throws weight behind PS2 Online

Major push for Christmas

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Electronic Arts is to provide a major boost for Sony's PS2 online service, with four of its biggest EA Games label titles set to support online play over the network adapter kit.

The publisher, which has notably refused to provide any serious degree of support for the Xbox Live service following disputes with Microsoft over the business model operated on Live, will be rolling out a number of key PS2 online titles in time for Christmas.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King will feature an online co-operative mode for two players, as will The Sims Bustin' Out - which will also include an online central lobby and item trading service.

More comprehensive multiplayer will appear in Medal of Honor Rising Sun, which will support up to eight players and feature nine multiplayer levels. The title will utilise EA's proprietary matchmaking service, and support for the USB voice headset - bundled with SOCOM: US Navy SEALS - will also be included.

Racing action, meanwhile, will come from Need for Speed Underground, which will support up to four players in all of the title's different game modes. Interestingly, the game will offer seamless cross-platform multiplayer, allowing PS2 owners to race with PC gamers and compete against one another for a place in the global ranking system for the game.

Gaining support from EA is a crucial step forwards for Sony's online ambitions, with at least some of the four titles named above likely to spend significant time in the top ten charts this Christmas. Given the reasonable pricing of the network adapter, the online service is likely to receive a huge boost from players keen to experiment with the online capabilities of a title which was originally purchased for the singleplayer game.

© gamesindustry.biz

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.